Headaches During Pregnancy

Pregnant women usually experience a wide range of bodily aches, discomfort and pains ranging from mild headaches to severe cramps. In the case of headaches, most pregnant women report the pain starts during the first or third trimester, although the onset of the pain can be at any time during the pregnancy, according to the specialists at the headache clinic.

Women who have already battled with chronic headaches report that the frequency, duration, or severity of the pain increased with their pregnancy. Women who have not usually experienced headaches begin to get them during their pregnancy.

Every woman’s experience with headaches during pregnancy is unique in terms of onset (i.e., triggers) as well as duration, frequency, and severity because of differences in their age, physical condition, and risk factors. But there are similarities, too, such as the importance of getting reliable information about the possible causes behind the headaches as well as the necessity for getting appropriate medical treatment.

Bear in mind that you should not take any medication without the approval of your obstetrician-gynecologist because of the risks for your baby. Even many over-the-counter painkillers that would have been safe to take in your non-pregnant state will be ill-advised during your pregnancy. Go to any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the one at Corona near Norco, Home Gardens, Mira Loma, and Pedley, for appropriate pregnancy-related headache management.

While researchers have yet to identify the exact causes and mechanism of pregnancy-related headaches, many theories have been proposed. The more commonly accepted theory: The dramatic increase of hormones in the body, particularly during the first trimester, coupled with the additional blood volume increases the risk for headaches in pregnant women.

The fatigue, tension, and emotional stress as well as increased hunger and hot flashes in pregnant women are also believed to contribute to either the development or aggravation of headaches. Other possible causes are changes in diet, such as the withdrawal from caffeine, poor posture, and pre-eclampsia.

Emphasis must be made that painkillers are the last resort against headaches where pregnant women are concerned because of the risks for complications. Even safe painkillers should be taken in low to moderate doses.

A few non-medication alternatives are:

  • Apply cold compress to the nape of your neck.
  • Take a relaxing warm bath.
  • Avoid food triggers like MSG, nitrates, and artificial sweeteners.

Better yet, manage your stress levels since your stress may be the cause of your headaches.

Come to any of our Healthpointe clinics, such as the one at Irwindale near Duarte, Azusa, West Covina, Vincent, and Mayflower Village, for more information about headache management.

About Healthpointe:

Healthpointe is a leading multidisciplinary healthcare organization offering a full range of medical services in practice locations throughout Southern California (Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County). Healthpointe has locations situated in over 10 cities in Southern California including Irwindale, which is conveniently located by Duarte, Azusa, West Covina, Vincent, and Mayflower Village. As a highly regarded musculoskeletal group, we have a personal investment in the highest level of service, and we are proud of our record of excellence over the last four decades with private patients, injured workers, urgent care, personal injuries, and professional and non-professional athletes. Leading our organization is a dynamic team of healthcare professionals who continually strive to be at the forefront of medical innovation and healthcare service delivery. For more information, a complete list of services, and Healthpointe locations, visit Healthpointe.net.

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