15 weeks pregnant with headaches

Chelsea - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Hi all, I'm coming up 15 weeks pregnant and keep getting bad headaches which is unusual for me and I never experienced them with my last pregnancy is there anything to worry about this early on or any explanation??

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Kara - posted on 02/25/2009

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I am almost 16 weeks pregnant, and I am having bad headaches too. I thought maybe it was blood pressure related since mine seems to run high when pregnant.

Kendra - posted on 02/26/2009

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Headaches are completely normal during pregnancy.  They did subside for me though during the pregnancy.  Tylenol was my only relief and rest.  Good luck!

Charity - posted on 02/26/2009

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I am 16 weeks pregnant with twins (my second pregnancy) and I have been having terrible headaches as well. When I was pregnant with my son I had bad headaches around this time as well and when I had them then I asked my Dr. and she said it had to do with the amount of blood our bodies produce during pregnancy and I could drink a coke or a soda with caffeine because that opens up the capillaries in the brain and allows all that extra blood your body is making to flow better. I was hesitate because I was trying to avoid caffeine in my pregnancy and my Dr. said that a coke would be fine. When tylenol did not work I broke down and tried it and IT WORKED. I did not have high blood pressure or diabetes with my son and the headaches went away after a few weeks. When I get a headache now with the twins and it is really bad, I just drink a Pepsi (usually a half of can or bottle will do it) and my headache goes away and I feel better. I hope this helps.

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Maggie - posted on 09/05/2011

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Ask your ob/gyn. There is a headache stage around 20 weeks. 15 weeks may be a little early. Stay hydrated, especially if you are still experiencing morning sickness.

Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Chelsea: Hi all, I'm coming up 15 weeks pregnant and keep getting bad headaches which is unusual for me and I never experienced them with my last pregnancy is there anything to worry about this early on or any explanation??



I also suffered from severe headaches and migraines when I was pregnant.  My doctor said that it was normal.  One thing that helped me was drinking lots of water. I was very dehydrated from vomiting, and in turn would cause headaches.  Also keep an eye on your blood pressure.  If your blood pressure is high, there is a good chance you will suffer from headaches

Alicia - posted on 02/25/2009

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I had bad head aches with my 2nd pregnancy. I very rarely take anything for headaches but they were so bad I had to. I found drinking water helped a lot. I think a lot of it was dehydration and my blood pressure was a bit on the low side so I had head spins too.

Angela - posted on 02/25/2009

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I don't think it is uncommon to have bad headaches, but it would be best to check with your doctor/nurse to let them know. Tylenol is ok to take throughout your pregnancy if you haven't tried that already.



HTH,



Angie

Carol Anne - posted on 02/25/2009

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it could be dehydration (need more water during pregnancy) or it could be high blood pressure.  try drinking a little more water and call your doctor to get your blood pressure checked.  i hope you feel better soon.

Aimee - posted on 02/25/2009

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hi Chelsea



  Remember, your eyes are constantly changing during pregnancy. Make sure you get them checked if the above advice does not  help. My eyes were terrible during both od my pregnancies, and even though I did suffer from migraines my whole life, I found that my eyes were just not adjusting to reading, and so on. Hope it helps!!

Catherine - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi Chelsea, i got bad headaches on my first pregnancy and it turned out it was a sign of high blood pressure(which it turned out i had!) so try take it easy and not get stressed but do consult your dr before taking anyones advice including mine every pregnancy is different...

Sara - posted on 02/25/2009

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go back to your midwife and get them to check you BP as headaches in pregnancy are a tricky thing!!

Serena - posted on 02/25/2009

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I was getting headaches with my second pregnancy as well. I finally figured out it was because I wasn't drinking coffee any more. They did end up going away.

Jenni - posted on 02/25/2009

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higher blood pressure possibly... headaches are common in the first trimester... i never get headaches either but i did in the beginning of my pregnancy with my son

Marianne - posted on 02/25/2009

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I would double check with your OB because it could be just headaches, but could also be related to blood pressure or blood sugar issues

Katie - posted on 02/25/2009

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I have always gotten horrible headaches and when I was pregnant with my daughter they became even worse and more frequent. My doctor told me that this was very common esp. in the first trimester and that by the end of the second trimester they SHOULD go away completely. She also told me that alot of women who experience this never get headaches again BUT I am proof that the last part isn't true! I still get them quite often! Hang in there, hopefully they will go away soon!

Kelly - posted on 02/25/2009

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hi i am 23 weeks with twins and suffer with these head aches my consultant said its nothing to worry about just take paracetamol and rest they have started to ease but when i get one its bad i get one once a week may be now and it tends to be after a busy day

Vicki - posted on 02/25/2009

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This could be hormonal changes or you might want to have your blood pressure checked.

Krystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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hey i went throw then headaches to and i asked my doctor is that normal he said yes its nothing to worry about most pregnant women wont get them headaches and some will it depends how low your iron is and my was low and he told me to take iron pills and flinstone vitamins and i did and it help me out alot and i started to eat real healthy and i have not had any of them headaches since then and now my son 4 months

Vicki - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Chelsea: Hi all, I'm coming up 15 weeks pregnant and keep getting bad headaches which is unusual for me and I never experienced them with my last pregnancy is there anything to worry about this early on or any explanation??

Hi Chelsea,



This might be hormonal changes or you might want to have your blood pressure checked.



God Bless

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Hi Chelsea, When I was pregnant with my first all went smooth, with my 2nd son the pregnancy was very different. I used to get headaches almost everyday and was pretty much sick throughout my pregnancy. I was told by my doc to take 2 regular strength tylenol or 1 extra strength every 4-6 hours and it helped. You have to remember every pregnancy is different, but you should consult with your doctor. Hope this helps...good luck!

Deidre - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi there...You could possibly have high blood pressure, which is common in pregnancy. All pregnancies are different. I know some ladies who were fine with their first, no complications or ANYTHING! But, the second was either a case of gestational diabetes..high blood pressure..etc.. Just see your doc tor as soon as possible, don't worry, and if you believe in prayer...get on it girl!  :-) God bless you and your family. You and your baby  will be  just fine.

Melanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Lorri:

First let me say that all pregnancies are different, it's perfectly normal to have a different set of symptoms with each one so there's every chance this is nothing. It's safe to take tylenol for a headache when you are pregnant but never exceed the recommended dosage. Second...headaches can be a symptom of elevated blood pressure and pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) can be a serious complication so you really should call your OB and let him/her know about the headaches. He/She will probably want to check your blood pressure and make sure everything is okay! As long as your being followed by a doctor and having your blood pressure monitored the headaches themselves aren't dangerous but don't use motrin or aspirin. Just tylenol unless the doc says something different. Good luck!



My OB was testing me on a weekly basis for PIH because of my history of migrains and jv high blood pressure.  As long as your blood pressure is ok taking Tylenol is good but also try to put a cold pack on the back of your neck and drink lots of water.  That was something that really helped me

Teressa - posted on 02/25/2009

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Chelsea, I used to get headaches something terrible when I was pregnant and I realized that the more water I drank the less likely I was to get a headache. Remember, when you're pregnant you have more blood flow than you would otherwise, so that could be contributing. But you really should mention what's happening to your doctor just so they know.

Kim - posted on 02/25/2009

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Also I would get your sugars tested you could have sugar diabetes while you are pregnant. I usually use the rule if it doesn't feel right it is worth asking a doctor. Are you drinking alot of water and could be stress, not enough sleep anything. We all would be guessing but your doctor can find out for sure and put your mind at ease. Enjoy your baby when they arrive.

Tracy - posted on 02/25/2009

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Get your blood pressure checked, it will cause headache. You want to watch out for pre-eclampsia. I had it with my oldest child, horrible headaches! Lay on you left side when you are sleeping, heart doesn't have to work as hard, lowers BP.

Beth - posted on 02/25/2009

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How is your blood pressure??? Headaches can be a big symptom. Also have you had your test for gestional diabetes? I personally had it with my youngest and would get terrible headaches when my blood sugar was to high and too low.

Lorri - posted on 02/25/2009

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First let me say that all pregnancies are different, it's perfectly normal to have a different set of symptoms with each one so there's every chance this is nothing. It's safe to take tylenol for a headache when you are pregnant but never exceed the recommended dosage. Second...headaches can be a symptom of elevated blood pressure and pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) can be a serious complication so you really should call your OB and let him/her know about the headaches. He/She will probably want to check your blood pressure and make sure everything is okay! As long as your being followed by a doctor and having your blood pressure monitored the headaches themselves aren't dangerous but don't use motrin or aspirin. Just tylenol unless the doc says something different. Good luck!

Nancy - posted on 02/25/2009

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I had them during my pregnancy with Lucy. They seemed to come at the time I would have had my period. The doctor was able to give me something for them. Hormones are crazy. Also make sure you are drinking lots of water and not getting dehydrated. That is a big cause too.

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2009

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Both of my pregnancies I had terrible migranes. I never in my life had migranes until I was pregnant. I had girls both times. I would have to lay down in bed because I could only take tylenol. They did go away eventually but when you get them it feels like forever. My dr.'s told me it was the extra hormones because it was a girl I was having. I would check with your dr. maybe there is something more they can do. Good luck.

Claire - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi I can sympathise with you I also had bad headaches with my first child unfortunately I have had them ever since thats 13 years now. I take it you have seen a doctor and no cause can be found. I wouldn't worry about it if that is the case like I already said I have had them ever since but they have eased and I don't have as many now.

Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Chelsea: Hi all, I'm coming up 15 weeks pregnant and keep getting bad headaches which is unusual for me and I never experienced them with my last pregnancy is there anything to worry about this early on or any explanation??



I also suffered from severe headaches and migraines when I was pregnant.  My doctor said that it was normal.  One thing that helped me was drinking lots of water. I was very dehydrated from vomiting, and in turn would cause headaches.  Also keep an eye on your blood pressure.  If your blood pressure is high, there is a good chance you will suffer from headaches

Vicki - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Chelsea: Hi all, I'm coming up 15 weeks pregnant and keep getting bad headaches which is unusual for me and I never experienced them with my last pregnancy is there anything to worry about this early on or any explanation??

Hi Chelsea,



This might be hormonal changes or you might want to have your blood pressure checked.



God Bless

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