What Is a Pregnancy Headache and Should You Be Concerned?
"Headaches in pregnancy tend to be either tension-type headaches or migraines," according to the Baby Centre UK. "Tension headaches won't affect your baby. Your baby won't be harmed while you're having a migraine either. However, getting migraines during pregnancy is linked with an increased risk of high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia."
What's the Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine During Pregnancy?
Tension headaches usually affect both sides of the head and are mild to moderate in severity. They feel like your head is being tightened more than like it's throbbing. Migraines, however, can be a pulsating, severe pain in one area of the head.
What Causes Pregnancy Headaches?
There are a number of causes for pregnancy headaches. Your headaches or migraines could be related to any of the following:
- stress, which can cause muscle tension
- a change in diet (your diet could even affect your mental health)
- strenuous exercise
- changes in sleep routines
- low blood sugar
- You never get too hungry (this stabilizes your blood sugar and energy levels).
- You don’t have to eat huge portions at a meal.
- Your baby gets a consistent supply of nutrients throughout the day.
How Do You Treat Pregnancy Headaches?
- Ensure you're getting your proper water intake as dehydration is a trigger for a headache.
- If you are on the computer a lot, try wearing blue light blocking glasses to give your eyes a break and take the pressure off your brain.
- Take a little rest. Closing your eyes for 10 minutes and resting can make a big difference. Especially, if you’re experiencing sleep interruption.
Can You Do Anything to Curb Headaches?
- the timing of your headaches
- the severity of your headaches
- your meals
- your physical activity
- your stress levels
- your sleep patterns
- medications you're taking