And the myriad of changes that her body experiences during the first pregnancy can both be exhilarating and trying at the same time.
One of the not so exciting things about pregnancy is an issue called pregnancy headache that can be extremely painful and very bothersome to get rid of.
Affecting some mothers in the early days of their pregnancy and others throughout, these headaches can come and go at regular intervals or just remain undeterred for days on end.
And even if they may not be that serious when compared to other forms of headaches and migraines, it pays to know about them in detail in order to know what to expect.
Causes For Pregnancy Headaches
Almost all women in their pregnancy, pregnancy headaches can be caused by a myriad of reasons. Some of the more common ones include stress (both physical and emotional), fatigue, hunger pangs, heat stroke, sinus, nausea, strong odors and frequent bouts of vomiting etc.
Tension is one of the foremost reasons for pregnancy headaches. And so if you manage to get rid of the tension, you can save yourself from a pending headache.
Closing your eyes and ears for about 15 minutes can relax your senses. If you happen to be in a crowded place, walk to a corner that is peaceful and quiet, sit down and just close your eyes.
Shut yourself from the world and try to forget everything around you as you sit there. This would definitely calm your senses and chase away that headache.
Placing an ice pack (a cold compress would also do) on the back of your neck can ease your nerves. You can also opt for meditation classes or yoga to help you cope with tension and the headache that accompanies it in a better manner.
If you find yourself suffering from extreme fatigue, try to take some rest before continuing with your work. The first few months of your pregnancy would always be the tiring ones. So make sure you get ample rest during this period that so that your body can cope with the pregnancy later one.
Sudden Hunger Pangs
Hunger pangs can cause painful headaches especially if you don’t fill your stomach then and there. The best way to avoid this is to eat heartily. Forget all those apprehensions about gaining weight. You can always lose those extra kilos after pregnancy.
Make sure that you eat to your heart’s (and to your stomach’s) content during every meal. Keep some healthy snacks in hand to curb sudden hunger pangs. This way you will always have something around to satisfy your hunger. And by doing so, you would be chasing away that incessant headache for good.
If you suffer from sinus that causes regular headaches, try opting for steam inhalation sessions. You can also use a humidifier to hydrate dry surroundings.
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Nasal decongestants can help you relieve your nose while drinking plenty of water can keep the mucus flowing and prevent blockages and resultant headaches.
Stuffy, smoky, humid and smelly surroundings can cause headaches during pregnancy. In these cases, it is recommended to take frequent breaks wherein you can walk over to a place filled with fresh air. Keep the windows open to let in the fresh air.
Loud noises can be extra troublesome during pregnancy as your senses would be more sensitive than ever. So if you seem to be stuck in noisy surroundings most of the time, try moving to another place that is relatively quieter.
If you start to feel the symptoms of an impending headache, ask for a break and quickly walk over to a quiet place where you can relax for some time before heading back.
Medications For Help
Of course you have a whole list of over the counter medications that you can pop into your mouth in order to counter attack a nasty headache. However, in this case you are pregnant and your body would be extra sensitive to certain substances. So better make sure that you talk to your doctor before opting for any medications to tackle headaches during this period.
When To See A Doctor
If the headache does not seem to go away even after repeated attempts to thwart it and if you start contracting other symptoms like swelling, fever, eye sight problems, weight gain or inflammation, check with a doctor immediately.
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