Being able to give birth to a child is a true miracle and gift for many women. There are so many changes your body will go through while you are pregnant, that it may be difficult to keep up with all of them. The hormones and the blood increase alone will cause you to have a headache during your first trimester (literally and metaphorically). Unfortunately pregnancy headaches are common and can continue on throughout your pregnancy. Luckily, we have a few a few solutions that can help!
What causes strong pregnancy headaches?
There are so many things going on inside your body while you’re pregnant that the exact cause behind pregnancy headaches is hard to pinpoint. Many doctors have excellent theories as to the cause of these headaches.
The hormonal parade going on inside your body is the first thought on the list. Being pregnant throws your hormones out of whack more than you menstrual cycle does. (We know…it’s so unfair!) There are some women who will experience a triple amount of hormones during their pregnancy, which are also to blame behind excessive hair growth and those mood swings, among other annoying problems.
There could be be some vitamin deficiencies, also, that could be causing your pregnancy headaches. If you were a big caffeine drinker and weaned yourself off, then that could be another problem. Talk to your doctor if the pain becomes unbearable or you’re having headaches very frequently; as always, he or she will be the best person to help find the problem.
Dealing with strong pregnancy headaches
There are a few good ideas to practice to relieve annoying pregnancy headaches. And since you might not just be able to reach for that coffee or bottle of medication like you used to before, we found some creative solutions. Many of these may help more than others, you will just have to try them to see which idea works better for you.
- Always sit up straight, especially during your third trimester. This will help the bood flow better.
- Get plenty of sleep. Even if you have to take naps during the day, getting more sleep can help prevent more agitation of your brain.
- Exercise. Make yourself a slower paced exercise routine to follow like yoga or pilates. The extra endorphins will also put you in a better mood!
- Relax. Take an hour a day and just do something that relaxes you. Pregnant women tend to overstress about situations beyond their control, which can only cause you more pain in the end!
- Gently massage your temples and practice deep breathing. Acupuncture or acupressure has also been known to help relieve pregnancy headaches.
- Have sex! We know…this is probably the LAST thing you want to do right now, but research as shown that reaching orgasm can help to relieve headaches. So, grab your husband for a quick round — we’re sure he’s willing to help.