headaches in pregnancy

Fawn-Marie - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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im pregnant with my second child and have been getting constant headaches which i didnt get in my first pregnany...how else got headaches and did you have a boy or girl

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Stacey - posted on 04/03/2010

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i had them 2 out of 3 pregnancies. i think probably hormones, try tylenol and make sure you tell your dr about it. sometimes a nice gentle neck rub can help too!!

Kacie - posted on 04/03/2010

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I had a headache for at least my first trimester. I didnt want to take a tylenol everyday, so my mid wife suggested I try and drink gatorade and it helped! I had a girl!

Morgan - posted on 04/03/2010

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I have migraines occasionally, and during pregnancy you cant take anything for headaches, so I asked my Doctor, and he gave me a prescription for tylenol 3 which is safe for the baby during pregnancy, it really helped!

Tessa - posted on 08/22/2012

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I've had the same problem both in my third and second trimester. I had a constant headache for 3-4 days and nothing from Tylenol to caffeine to exercise, baths or sleep helped. This is an odd suggestion, but if nothing else is working, it's worth a try. I've had these headaches 3 or 4 times and what I've started doing is going to Panera and getting a frozen mocha. It's the only thing that has made my headaches go away almost immediately. Like I said, I don't know what it is, I've tried other caffeine and even coffee at a couple other places with no luck. So, I don't know if it's a mental thing or if there's something special about Panera's frozen mochas, but I'm just saying it works for me and if you're desperate, it's worth a try.

Melanii - posted on 04/25/2010

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Headaches are how I knew I was pregnant 2nd time around! I had a constant headache with my first, it didn't go away until birth, and I had headaches this time before my period was due - I'm 18 weeks now. I've almost come to accept it, it's not high blood pressure or dehydration, just one of those things. My Obstetrician ok'd codeine for me, which helps, but doesn't get rid of it altogether.
I hope yours doesn't last, but if it does you're not alone!

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Claire - posted on 04/26/2010

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I had bad headaches with my second baby that would not go away with Tylenol. My OBGyn gave me a prescription for a combo extra strength tylenol/caffeine. It worked mostly, but chasing it with a Pepsi helped for the really really bad headaches. Oddly enough, the headaches were not migraines, blood pressure, or from caffeine withdrawl. They stopped once he was born.

Abbie - posted on 04/26/2010

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How pregnant are you? There are various reasons as some have mentioned, if your blood pressure is ok, then more then likely its due to the way your muscles and body is compromising to support the baby. The muscles of the back once they start to inflame can go up to the neck and cause headaches. A pregnancy massage can do wonders!!! During my pregnancy I did massage at least once a month and did chiropractic every other week. A lot depends on what you do for a living also. If you are sitting at a desk most of the day, that is horrible on a body and hell on a pregnant one. I also do massage for a living and had to compromise the way I stood not to knock people in the head with my belly. I would suggest massage and adjustments- with the approval of your ob.

Liz - posted on 04/26/2010

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I had horrible headaches every single day with my first pregnancy. I talked to my dr. about it & at one visit he even gave me a demerol (sp?) shot. That worked great! However, when I woke up the next morning the headache was back. The dr. determined stress was the reason for my headaches. So I started my maternity leave 1 month before he was born (I absolutely hated my job!), which may not be an option for everyone. After that I still had them, but not nearly as bad. And I got an extra break from work & more time to get ready for the baby. :)

Tania - posted on 04/03/2010

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try taking pain killer with a coke or coffee, the caffine helps it work
i had really bad migranes for first 4 months of third preg, they just went away after 4 months

Samantha - posted on 04/03/2010

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im pregnant with my second child and have been getting constant headaches as well am due in nov i allso feel relly shared old day am all so get alot of heartburn & am only 7weeks my wee boy was born wif a head of hair so i no thats why am geting heartburn as all my family have been born with hair xx

Dawn - posted on 04/03/2010

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I get headaches every pregnancy....the kind that don't go away for 2-3 days at a time. I have had a boy and two girls and am currently expecting #4, but we decided to let the gender be a surprise. It is important to let your doctor know you are having headaches. I have a tendency to have higher blood pressure when pregnant, but nothing that ultimately has needed treatment, just watching. Sometimes, headaches are just headaches. Believe it or not, my doctor told me one of the safest things to try was a little caffeine to help alleviate them. By a little I mean one can of coke or a half a cup of coffee. That combined with the Tylenol usually at least dulls them to manageable until they go away. It is most common to have them in the first and third trimesters, I believe. Hope yours go away soon!

Stevie - posted on 04/03/2010

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hi fawn im pregant with my third and like you ive never had headaches before that i can remember and with this one i have been getting headaches more offten i havent had one lately like i was in my first trimester i am 14 weeks along now and i have a cold to go along with it so i have been having something going on my first was a girl and my second was a boy we seem to think this one is a girl but i guess we will have to see in around 6 weeks huh lol i talked to my dr about getting the headaches more offten and as i was reading a few things as well on some baby/pregnancy information sites like babycenter.come or parents.com (both my favs) my dr had told me that headaches are normal in some pregnancys and actually on i think parents.com i was reading in the week i was far along with it said to the moms2be if they were getting headaches so idk why it happens but its normal just take some tylenol i take half of a pill of tylenol cuz im a smaller person lol i hope ive helped you some and that your headaches start to go away or become less frequant like mine have and good luck on your new pregnancy

Blackwood - posted on 04/03/2010

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You should speak with your doc just too make sure that the headaches don't have to do with your blood pressure, I was also told that sometime our hormones may be the cause of headaches. Make sure you are eating and drinking ALOT, your baby is making your body work really hard and you need to remember to keep fuilds in you.

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Some headaches maybe okay and normal but, headaches seeing spots etc can be a sign of pre eclampsia and also do you have any swelling or puffiness..Talk to your doctor and get your blood pressure taken etc.

Peita - posted on 04/03/2010

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Have you had a check up with your ddoctor recently??? Headaches in pregnancy can quite often be related to elevated blood pressure, not always, but sometimes!! Another reason for headaches in pregnancy is not drinking enough water and being a little dehydrated!! Just things to think about, I had both of those problems, so it is worth a check up!!! Good luck with baby no.2!!!

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