Many women experience headaches during pregnancy. Some might suffer due to an underlying migraine some due to hormonal changes. But it is better not to ignore a headache during pregnancy as it could have some serious implications. Here are some of the reasons why you might suffer from a headache during pregnancy and how to counter them.
Lack of sleep or insomnia: Night time sleep can really get difficult with every passing month and it isn’t possible to function the next morning being a zombie, more so if you are pregnant. This kind of headache can be very frustrating but isn’t a life-threatening one. Catching on a couple of hours of sleep can help you get relief from it.
Dehydration: Low fluid intake can be bad during pregnancy and make you dehydrated. This can make you dizzy and give you a headache. The best way to know if your headache is due to dehydration is to drink a glass or two of water and take some deep breaths. If dehydration caused the headache it will settle in some time after you replenish yourself with fluids.
Hunger: prolonged period of hunger leads to a dip in blood sugar levels and headache is a common symptom of sugar crush. During pregnancy it isn’t advisable be hungry for a long time as it could affect nourishment for the baby. So make it a point to stick to your six meals a day plan for betterment of your health and that of your baby.
Stress & depression: We seldom talk about the stress that pregnancy brings along with it, add to it the hormonal changes that can collectively lead to depression. Headache is its logical outcome. Yoga and meditations helps to an extent to counter stress and depression induced headaches.
Caffeine withdrawal: This is something I had to deal with when I turned cold turkey after discovering about my pregnancy. But don’t go back on your vices. Caffeine during pregnancy can be toxic for the baby, instead try deep breathing, exercises to get over the withdrawal symptoms.
High blood pressure: This is a cause of worry and common during the third trimester. Preeclampsia during pregnancy can be debilitating for the baby as it can lead to fetal distress. If you suffer from headaches along with blurry vision and nausea, it is better to go to your doctor for a check-up.
Migraines: Experts believe that for women who have a history of headaches like migraines and tension-induced headaches, it gets better during pregnancy. However, it is not the same for everyone. Some might have mild symptoms of migraine and for some it could be severe. Check with your doctor about your medications as it might have to be titrated during pregnancy and don’t self-medicate.