Pregnant and headache

It is not uncommon for women to get headaches during their pregnancy. As a matter of fact most women do. The intensity of the headache can vary from person to person and the headaches can continue in extreme cases during the whole pregnancy. Usually when it comes to pregnancy headaches we divide them into three trimesters (three months) just as we do with the pregnancy. In most cases the headaches stop or is at least less frequent after the first trimester.

If the headaches is just as frequent after the first and second trimester it will probably continue throughout the whole pregnancy and you might consider starting some preventive treatment. Remember that headache can make you really exhausted and being pregnant on top of that can be devastating. The kind of treatment should not be strong medicines since it can start another type of headache called analgesic rebound headaches. Analgesic rebound headaches comes from overusing medicines and should be seen as a strong warning for stop using medicines! Instead of going for the most effective medicines right away, try to start with a non-drug based medicine. It might just work good enough and you won’t get all the nasty side effects which stronger medicines can give you.

Some of the non-drug based medicines used in preventive treatment contains:

  • Gabapentin
  • Magnesium
  • Propranolol

Remember that taking medicines in general during pregnancy is something you should try to avoid as much as you can. And if you start taking preventive medicines for headache during pregnancy you should have your doctor to check up on your on a regular basis. All the medicines are categorized A, B, C, D and X depending on the risk of birth defects. Categories A is quite uncommon since the effect is so mild (effect on the headache), category B is for the first and second trimester. Some medicines even change category (to a D for example) since the risks of birth defect increase with some preventive medicines over time. Category D and X is a total “no go” during pregnancy!

5 Simple tips to treat your headaches

Here are 5 Simple tips to treat your headaches, the most common headaches that people have every day is triggered my something. It could be a new activity, something you started eating on a regular basis and so on. By being alert on sudden changes in your everyday life you can prevent and treat headaches as the come.
Here are a few tips on how you can find what triggers your headaches:

  1. Write down exactly when you get headaches, is it during a special activity?
  2. It could be as simple as not getting enough sleep, which could be the cause to your  early morning headaches. So this other tip would be appropriate:
  3. A good nights sleep. Try to have a regular sleep, with no interuptions, preferably in a dark room with as little noise and disturbing sounds as possible.
  4. Try to remember what you ate before you got your headache attack. Headaches can be triggered by different kinds of foods. It could be from the caffeine (from drinking coffe or other energy drinks). Chocolate is also a common reason for everyday headaches.
  5. Try to avoid stressrelated situations, many get short lasting headaches when they’re stressed. It may not be for long but it is still annoying. Keep the cool! Some might find taking Yoga classes can reduce their stress, one type of yoga is “makko ho stretches“.

If you do get a migraine headache even though you have tried these tips, try so get some medical advise from your local doctor (preferably a neurologist). On a sidenoe I can also add that a healthy meal is just as important as these tips mentioned above, you can read more about why we may need to take enzyme supplements in this health article.