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Constant Headaches During Pregnancy


By Jodie Lynn
www.ParentToParent.com



QUESTION:

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

FROM JODIE:

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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© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including eDiets.com, KeepKidsHealthy.com, ClubMom.com, BabyUniverse.com, CatholicMom.com, MainStreetMom.com and MommiesMagazine.com. Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
Please visit www.ParentToParent.com for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.

 

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