They joy when you find out you are expecting a precious baby is exhilarating! So many thoughts ran through my head and I could barely contain my excitement. Then a few weeks later the headaches during pregnancy occurred.
Whoa! No one told me about this. It was painful and no fun.
As a family we try to not to take medication unless it is absolutely necessary.
I’m not sure why I’m so hesitant. My husband always laughs at this because he works in the field of medicine, but I prefer to use natural remedies to heal aches and pains.
Doctors are starting to do more research on interactions with over the counter medicine during pregnancy. For me, I just didn’t want to risk it.
So here is a list I created of natural remedies to relieve headaches during pregnancy. Maybe you can try one of these first before you reach for the bottle of tylenol.
That being said, I have taken tylenol a few times in pregnancy. Don’t feel shame if you need it!
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Natural Remedies to Relieve Headaches During Pregnancy:
I love my microwavable heat pack! It’s a small rice pack you pop in the microwave and apply to your forehead. Heat can relieve stress or sinus pressure and relax tense muscles.
They also have lavender scented heat compresses, which can be super relaxing! I usually try to go to a dark, calm room while I’m using the compress.
Some people prefer to use cold compresses rather than a warm one. Cold temperatures can also reduce tension and help you relax.
Try both and see which works best for you.
Drink more water:
Are you dehydrated? Try drinking some more water! This may be the cause of your headache. Drinking enough liquids is especially important for pregnant women.
Eat a small snack:
When I was pregnant I needed my small snacks throughout the day. It helped with nausea and headaches.
You may also want to consider tracking the foods you eat. You could be eating foods that actually trigger headaches.
Ask a friend or loved one for this. Nothing beats a good massage! It will definitely help you relax. I’ve also found pressure points to be helpful with aches and pains.
Some people swear by their essential oils and aromatherapy. Be careful if you are pregnant and be sure to do your research or talk to your OB-GYN before you start rubbing oil all over yourself.
Take a bath:
Relax! Dim the lights, turn on relaxing music, and enjoy some quiet time in a warm tub. It may be just what you need to get rid of that nasty pain in your head.
Hot water with lemon:
I have friends who swear by this! It’s worth a try and there so many other health benefits from drinking lemon water. I usually start my day out with a warm cup of it.
Get fresh air:
Sometimes you just need a bit of fresh air and exercise. Light exercise or movement may help along with the fresh air. Get outside for 15 minutes a day even if it’s cold!
Check your caffeine intake:
During pregnancy most doctors recommend limiting your caffeine intake. Has this changed? Are you in caffeine withdraw? If yes, it should go away in a few days. Talk to your doctor about the recommended amount for each trimester.
Do you deal with chronic headaches?
What natural remedies have you found to be most helpful?
I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!
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