Headache during pregnancy is a common problem witnessed by many women. During the term of pregnancy, many hormonal changes take place in the body. The estrogen level drops down. As a result, there is drop in the level of serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for migraine headaches.
Many women complain of having their first encounter with migraine during pregnancy. During pregnancy, if you have a migraine attack, then consult your doctor before popping any of the pills. During pregnancy, you are not supposed to consume a few medicines as it may have side effects on the growth of your baby. Hence, it is advisable to consume medicines only after your doctor prescribes it. To be doubly sure, read all the instructions, to ensure that the medicine you are eating is safe for you and your baby.
Symptoms of headache during pregnancy:
- Headache is accompanied by mild fever.
- The headache lasts for a few hours and is persistent in nature.
- Often the person experiences blurred vision along with the headache.
It is highly recommended that you make some changes in your life style to avoid headaches, rather than taking pills.
- When you have headache, try to get rest if possible. Sleep in a dark, quiet room. You will be relieved of the headache.
- Avoid stress; work related, physical or emotional. Do not overdo your self. Take short breaks in between. Relax by keeping your eyes closed for a few minutes.
- During pregnancy, lots of women feel constipated. This could lead to headache. Drink lots of water and fluids to keep the headache at bay.
- Try breathing techniques for relaxation. Deep breathing, anulom vilom and shavasan are relaxation techniques and can be done even during pregnancy. Do not do any stressful exercises or kapal bhati pranayam during pregnancy.
- Avoid chocolates, cheese, processed foods and refined sugar.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Drink coffee or tea in moderation
- Avoid fizzy drinks
- Avoid going for late night parties. Sleep early and maintain a routine of sleeping hours. Sleep for 8 hours.
- Eat healthy food. Avoid deep fried and oily food as it could lead to indigestion.
- Eat lots of fruits and green vegetables. Do not forget to wash the vegetables and fruits before consuming as lots of pesticides are being sprinkled on them.
- Make a note of what kind of food is triggering the headache and try to avoid it.
- During pregnancy, you may feel allergic to certain perfumes in your cosmetics, your deodorants, or sprays. Avoid them, in case you feel allergic.
- Take a cold shower or apply cold compresses on forehead to find relief from the headache.
- Soak 10 black raisins in water with 1teaspoon of unroasted fennel seeds over night. Strain and drink the next morning.
- Avoid non vegetarian food. It may cause the hormonal change and trigger headache.
- When you get a headache, grate some gourd. Wrap it in a kerchief and keep it on the head for some time.