How to Manage Headaches in Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting and special time, but it will undoubtedly bring along some unique challenges. One such challenge that some women face is dealing with bothersome headaches. Here are a few steps to help manage headaches during pregnancy:
- Get enough sleep. This may be easier said than done while you are pregnant, but you should try to prioritize good sleep by limiting screen time before bed and avoiding caffeinated beverages in the evening.
- Exercise. Low-impact exercises can improve your sleep and promote your overall health. Remember to stay hydrated!
- Maintain good posture. This is particularly important during your third trimester!
- Eat a balanced, nutrient-rich diet. Poor nutrition can be a major contributing factor to pregnancy headaches.
- Relax and use an ice pack. Take it easy, get plenty of rest, and apply an ice pack or warm compress to your head during headache episodes.
When to seek medical care
As a general rule of thumb, you should always inform your doctor about any new or unusual symptoms if you’re pregnant. It’s particularly important to speak with your doctor if your headache is severe or accompanied by abdominal pain, dizziness, vomiting, or vision changes. These symptoms could signal high blood pressure (preeclampsia) which requires prompt treatment.
Our approach to pregnancy care
Tufts Medical Center Community Care is a multispecialty medical group with a growing team of obstetricians and gynecologists who help women through every stage of pregnancy. If you would like to speak with a specialist about your pregnancy symptoms, contact us today! With easily accessible locations throughout north suburban Boston, we make it simple to receive world-class women’s health services.