Home Remedies For Managing Headaches During Pregnancy


It's common for many women to experience headaches. Although the exact cause isn't known, various factors influence this which we’ll discuss in this article.



Causes of headache in pregnancy

There isn't a known cause of headache in pregnancy but there are several factors that put pregnant women at risk of having headache during pregnancy. They include:

  • Hormonal imbalance 
  • Fluctuating blood volume
  • Stress
  • Fatigue 
  •  Cold and catarrh
  • Hunger 
  • Low blood sugar
  • Coffee withdrawal (For people who frequently take coffee before pregnancy but stop during pregnancy)
  • Dehydration caused by nausea and vomiting 





Remedies to manage headaches during pregnancy 

  • Rest in a dark room
  • Limit exposure to screens 
  • Take a warm bath
  • Eat in portions
  • Apply an ice pack on your neck or head



5 ways to prevent headaches in pregnancy

Preventing headaches is the best solution during pregnancy. Here are lifestyle changes to adopt as a pregnant woman:


  • Eat regularly: Skipping meals during pregnancy may predispose some pregnant women to headaches. During pregnancy, eat nutrient-rich foods and reduce overly processed foods. Eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.


  • Drink plenty of water: Dehydration causes headaches and may result in fainting. Pregnant women are meant to drink 8 to 12 cups of water every day.


  • Walk: Engage in physical activity around the house. It helps to release muscles from tension and improve blood circulation around the body.


  • Sleep: Sleep remains undefeated in preventing headaches. Pregnancy can mess with sleep schedules but try to have a consistent sleep routine. Turn off brought light from electronics and phones an hour before bed.
  • Exercise: Exercise helps to manage stress during pregnancy. Try yoga or breathing exercises to relax the nerves in the body.



Headaches during pregnancy are disturbing. If you have consistent headaches, reduce your workload to avoid stress. Take breaks occasionally.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I take panadol during pregnancy?

You may take panadol during pregnancy but do not make it a routine medication for headaches. Try to rest and avoid stress. 


  1. Can I apply an ice pack on my head?

You may apply an ice pack on your head when you have a headache but don't use an extremely cold pack.


  1. Can I take supplements for headaches during pregnancy?

Taking supplements for headaches during pregnancy isn't advisable. Speak with your doctor for advice.



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