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Why do I get headaches?

Created by BabyCenter

It is common to get headaches during pregnancy, particularly in the first 3 months.

Headaches may be caused by pregnancy hormones. Feeling tired or stressed can tense your muscles and give you a headache. Missing meals and feeling hungry might bring on a headache. Or having more sleep than usual, or too little sleep.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Make sure you can take a break during the day and rest. Explain to your family you need more rest while your body is growing a baby. Sit or lie down somewhere quiet, and sleep if you need to.
  • Dip a cloth in warm, clean water and squeeze out to make a warm pad. Put it around your eyes and nose. Or you could try a cool cloth on your forehead or at the base of your neck.
  • Ask someone to massage your neck and shoulders.

Danger signs? Headache, blurred vision and pain under your ribs can be signs of high blood pressure. Go to see a doctor or health worker as soon as you can if you feel like this.

10 February 2015