10-10-2006, 05:32 PM
Has anyone else experienced frequent headaches during pregnancy? I have had one just about every day for a month. :shock: Some are migranes but most are just dull annoying headaches. I had my hemoglobin checked last month and it was low. They said that could be the cause of my headaches. I have been taken prenatal vitamins with iron prescribed by the OB for about a week now and can't really tell any difference. They didn't say how long it would take for my iron levels to get back to normal once I started taking the vitamins.
Just wondering if anyone else experienced this?
mom n luv
10-10-2006, 09:50 PM
I had bad headaches with both of my pregnancies. I eventually was prescribed Fiorecet to help. But I also really feel that many of them were due to dehydration, drinking gatorade almost always helped my pregnancy headaches.
I really hope your headaches clear up soon.
10-11-2006, 02:22 PM
Yes i had headaches in the beginning of my first pregnancy.
10-11-2006, 02:33 PM
I had pregnancy headaches pretty much everyday for at least a few weeks. My started around 20weeks when the hormone surge happens, and it lasted a few weeks to a month. They were pretty bad, but eventually cleared up on their own.
I pray your headaches will clear up soon too!!
10-13-2006, 07:33 PM
i had headaches quite a bit at the beginning with this one, but they come and go a little less frequently now... though i was working with my doctor on managing migraines before i got pregnant. you may still need to have your iron checked again if it is still concerning you. i am on prenatals, plus an additional 2 iron pills per day, plus an iron rich diet. being anemic can do funny things to you, especially if you are already prone to headaches. tylenol has become my friend since there really isn't much else they can prescribe (actually there is other stuff, they just don't unless it's an extreme case).
best wishes with the remainder of your pregnancy!
11-25-2006, 01:52 PM
I know I'm a little late on this, but I had horrible headaches when I was pregnant with ds, and come to find out it was my blood pressure. I ended up taking medicine for it because it stayed high. You might get it checked just to rule it out. Hope you are feeling better.
11-25-2006, 03:14 PM
Also in addition to iron I think B12 is needed for iron absorption? I could be wrong about that, but I think that you can't absorb iron without that or something else?
I had a few headaches my first pregnancy too. Sometimes I wasn't drinking enough water. You need LOTS of water while pregnant, have to make all that amniotic fluid and all. :)
I hope you feel better soon!
11-26-2006, 08:27 AM
Sorry about the headaches! Are they any better? Wanted to let you know too that raisins are great for raising your hemoglobin naturally! AND the idea of more water...well very few pregnant women drink enough water! Hope you are feeling better.
11-26-2006, 12:47 PM
I didn't see your post until now, I apologize for responding late. It may be you are feeling much better and so aren't reading this anymore. If you are still experiencing headaches, I have to agree that in my case, throughout my entire pregnancies I experienced migraines and sinus headaches. The pregnancies changed my body in ways that remain yet today. My iron levels remained low despite iron supplements and iron rich diet. Turned out I don't absorb iron normally. I still take supplements today, but of a slightly different kind to improve the absorbtion. I did not take in enough water during my pregnancies and it seemed to change the need overall, I still struggle with getting enough water daily. When I was pregnant, they just had me come into the clinic several times a week and gave it to me in an IV. I constantly had the huge liter bottle of water with me and drank alot also, but it seemed to go in and right out.
Finally, though I have always been a fruit and vegetable eater, never liked meat much, I began developing bumps like mosquito bites in my mouth and on my lips every time I ate melons, anything with tomato, strawberries, citrus fruits and banannas...and often had migraines after eating them. The doctor said keep eating them so I did. Several years ago I was tested for food allergies and for some reason it seems the pregnancies activated the sensitivity turned to allergy of these foods. With immune treatment I am now able to eat them on a schedule, in moderation. I could have been treated while I was pregnant, it would not have affected the babies, and would have avoided the migraines. Oh, I forgot to say I rarely have migraines now. It took about a month of eliminating the foods from my diet and several more with treatment before they were drastically reduced. Prior to that it was nearly a daily or every other day occurrence. If only I had known to be tested and treated even during the pregnancies, what a difference it could have made!
Oh, my doctors told me that if you get a migraine when you get your monthly it was not unusual to have migraines during pregnancy because it was hormones causing it...but in light of the above, it seems more likely it was during those times I ate even more fruits I was sensitive/allergic to.