What some women find helpful for their headaches
Many women experience headaches during their pregnancies. The first 12 weeks are the most common time, but they are not confined to this period. Some women who tend to be prone to headaches or migraines find they do not experience them as often when they are pregnant. However, others may find they are worse.
Frequent headaches may be due to:
- Hormonal changes in the woman's body, as well as the normal increase in blood volume circulating in her system during pregnancy.
- Tension and adjusting to a new pregnancy, making the early weeks a stressful time for many women.
- Eyestrain. Fluid volumes in the eyeballs can change during pregnancy, affecting your sight. It may be helpful to have your eyes checked by an optometrist or ophthalmologist during the pregnancy. If you are worried, seek the advice of your caregiver or hospital.
NOTE: Headaches during the second half of the pregnancy (usually after 24 weeks) could be a sign of high blood pressure. These headaches can sometimes be associated with blurred vision or seeing spots in front of the eyes. If you are suffering from a headache and you are more than 24 weeks pregnant, you should let your caregiver know and possibly have your blood pressure checked as soon as possible.
Last revised: Thursday, 8 November 2012
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.