What are the common conditions for having headaches during pregnancy?
Headaches in early pregnancy or the first trimester are very often complaint pregnant mother. Tension headaches are the most common type in pregnant women. Pregnant women feel headaches such as squeezing pain or unbearable pain in both sides of the head or the back of the neck. The condition of pregnant women who often experience headaches caused by tension during pregnancy will adversely affect the health of the mother and the fetus.
The main cause of headaches in pregnant women at a young age cannot be determined with certainty, but one of them is the effect of hormonal changes during pregnancy. The increase in blood volume and circulation can also play a role, in particular early pregnancy. In addition, caffeine consumption can trigger dizziness in young pregnant women. Other potential causes include sleep deprivation or general fatigue from sinus congestion, allergies, eyestrain, stress, depression, hunger, and dehydration.
Generally, the feeling of headaches that you experience in the first trimester will go away and relieve on its own. One reason is because in the second trimester, pregnant women experience hormones that are more stable than in the first trimester. Even the body can adapt to the pregnancy you are currently living. This is what causes pregnancy in the second trimester to experience no complaints like in the first or third trimester.
What about pregnant women who often experience migraines?
Migraine is a type of headache that is different from dizziness, usually pregnant women feel more pain in part of the head (right or left). Experts estimate that about 1 in 5 women have migraine headaches at some time in their life, and up to 16 percent of women experience migraines for the first time when they are pregnant even most frequently in the first trimester.
Migraine headaches cause pain, pregnant women can experience pain ranging from moderate to severe throbbing, usually on one side of the head. It can even be accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound. These symptoms can start up to an hour before the migraine and can last up to an hour.
What can be done to reduce headaches in pregnant women?
Here are some tips that can be done to help reduce headaches in mothers at a young gestational age:
1. Find out what triggers the headache pain
At a young gestational age, pregnant women often complain of headaches to help identify specific triggers. You can write down what is consumed during the 24 hours before the migraine occurs. You can note especially if you often experience headaches every day when you are young in pregnancy.
2. Avoid migrant trigger foods when pain is felt
You can reduce foods that trigger migraines when the pain is felt in pregnant women. Some of the common migraine triggers include foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrites and nitrates (common in processed meats like hot dogs, burgers etc.), artificial sweeteners, certain nuts and nuts, certain types of cheese such as buttermilk, certain fresh fruits (bananas, papayas, avocados, and oranges), smoked fish, fermented foods. Even some conditions such as loud noise, excessive heat or strong odors.
3. Use a compress
To reduce headaches in pregnant women can use compresses. You can use a warm or cold compress on the forehead. You can choose to use cold water if you have frequent headaches during your pregnancy, this condition can easily relieve headache pain. Even using certain aromatherapy can relax you and help reduce pain.
4. Take a shower
For some migraine sufferers, taking a cold shower can help reduce pain. If your condition does not allow for a shower, you can do this by splashing cold water on your face. Some people with headaches or migraines feel better after bathing using cold water.
5. Avoid traveling when hungry or thirsty
To prevent low blood sugar that can trigger headaches, you can eat smaller meals or more frequently. If you are on the go, you can keep some snacks (biscuits, fruit, yogurt) in your bag. You can avoid some foods such as candy or foods that contain artificial sugar because it will cause your blood sugar to be disturbed. Also don’t forget to drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
6. Avoid fatigue
Pregnant women who often experience fatigue often complain of headaches. Try to make nap time between your daytime activities. If this is not possible, you can take a break for a while by taking a relaxed body position and taking a deep breath. Quiet and dark room conditions (without lights that are too bright) will reduce headaches in pregnant women at a young age.
7. Physical activity during pregnancy
Some evidence suggests that regular exercise can reduce the frequency and rate of migraines and also reduce the stress that can cause tension headaches. If you are prone to headaches or migraines, you can choose one type of mild and regular exercise. The thing that you must remember is not to exercise when a migraine or headache is being felt because it will make the pain worse.
8. Try relaxation techniques
Pregnant women at a young age who often complain of pain in the head or migraines, so you can do some relaxation techniques that are safe for pregnancy such as meditation, yoga, and self-hypnosis that can help reduce stress and headaches in some pregnant women who frequently complained about the condition of pregnancy in the first trimester.
What about pregnant women who often experience headaches?
Pregnant women often experience headaches even with serious conditions, will it cause disturbances in fetal growth and development? Most headaches during pregnancy are uncomfortable but not dangerous for pregnant women, but headaches can be a sign of a more serious problem. If you are experiencing a migraine or other severe headache for the first time, you will need a medical evaluation to make sure nothing is getting worse.
In the second or third trimester of pregnancy, headaches can be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy-induced condition characterized by high blood pressure. Other symptoms can include protein in the urine, liver and kidney disorders. We recomme
nd that you consult with your doctor to find out the best way to cure the headaches or migraine complaints that you often experience while pregnant.