By Jodie Lynn
I am four months pregnant and get constant headaches. My doctor hasn't been able to pinpoint the real problem because I still get them. What has worked for other pregnant women that is safe and actually pinpoints the reason?
ANSWER FROM READER:
When I was pregnant with my twins, I used to get horrible headaches almost on a daily basis. My personal physician could not seem to find a solution. A friend suggested that I go to an allergy specialist. It was almost like a last resort. She offered several types of samples of allergy medications that would be safe for me to take that would not harm the baby. Of course, they were in smaller doses as well. That did the trick for me. In fact, once a healthy dose of very cold weather rolled around to kill the pollens I must have been allergic to, the headaches disappeared altogether. You may want to consider a similar situation, especially if your regular physician cannot pinpoint the problem. - Kimmie Jones in St. Paul, MN
Headaches in pregnant women are usually more common in the first and last trimester. The hormones are going nuts in the first three months trying to adjust to your changing body. The estrogen levels fluctuate and that can cause headaches and even migraines. Usually once you're into the second trimester, your hormones start to level out but can flare up again, especially if there are more serious challenges in the last trimester such as preeclampsia. This is followed with high fever and nausea. This condition is harmful to, and serious, for both you and your baby. It most definitely requires the help of your physician. Currently, you may just be experiencing tension headaches. You could wait a little longer to see if they go away or maybe get someone to massage your neck and shoulders on a daily basis to help relieve stress. Practicing deep breathing in a calm, soothing environment and sometimes, holding an ice pack on the base of your neck can help to relieve the pain. People who were used to drinking caffeine can also develop headaches once they cut it out, as all doctors recommend. Drink lots of water and eat frequent but smaller meals can help to level out your blood sugar. If you're not sleeping well at night, make some changes to be able to get the rest your body needs. Whatever you do, be sure that your doctor knows and approves of it before you give it a try.
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