Pregnancy and Headaches

Headache in pregnancy
Headaches During Pregnancy: Causes And Treatment

Headaches are one of the most common discomforts experienced during pregnancy. Headaches may occur at any time during your pregnancy, but they tend to be most common during the first and third trimesters.

What causes headaches during pregnancy?

During the first trimester, your body experiences a surge of hormones and an increase in blood volume.  These two changes can cause more frequent headaches. These headaches may be further aggravated by stress, poor posture or changes in your vision.

 Other causes of headaches during pregnancy may involve one or more of the following:
  • Lack of sleep
  • Low blood sugar
  • Dehydration
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Stress (due to many changes)

Women who have regular migraine headaches may discover that they experience fewer migraines during pregnancy; however, some women may encounter the same number or even more migraine headaches. If you are pregnant, it is important to talk to your health care provider about any medications that you may be taking for headaches.

Source: American Pregnancy Association Promoting Pregnancy Wellness

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