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headaches, headaches, headaches...?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I've had headaches on and off for a week now. Health-wise, I'm fine. I went to the doc and they checked blood pressure etc., so there's nothing serious to worry about.  I know I can take Tylenol, and I do when they get really bad, but I'd love to be able to deal better with the low-grade pain that seems to be a constant.


Any suggestions?  Is anyone else experiencing this right now?  Thanks!

post #2 of 12

Me, me!!! I have had them off and on for at least a few weeks now. Today has been one long low-grade headache that I think started around the time of my toddler's screaming meltdown at Target earlier. I remember getting a lot of headaches when pregnant with my son also. Then I  attributed it to the increased blood supply....


Unfortunately I have never been successful in sleeping one off, or escaping it by any means other than Tylenol, actually. :( 

post #3 of 12

Here too! It's terrible! I don't find that Tylenol does much once the headache has gotten really bad and if I take it when the pain is still tolerable, I'd be taking Tylenol every darn day! I'm going to ask my dr next time I go. My blood pressure has been fine and I don't think there's anything serious going on. I have a history of migraines but I've never gotten them this often. Sleep is the only way to get rid of them for me and that's not always feasible with a very active 2 year old. Blah. Hope they don't last the whole pregnancy greensad.gif

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

It's good to know there's a few of us in the same boat.  I really hope they don't last the whole pregnancy too.

post #5 of 12

I am getting some headaches too.  Not as many as with DS2, but probably 1-2/week.  I had one all day yesterday and tried to sleep it off.  I did not work.  I ended up taking Tylenol first thing in the morning.  Worked like a charm!  I think if the worse thing we take during pregnancy is Tylenol, we are doing good :)  With DS2 in the first tri I was taking Tylenol about once a day...  


MommyofNRM- You gotta do what you gotta do...  I hope you can get some answers soon!

post #6 of 12
Oh, me too. I've been struggling with headaches, and I never did with my first pregnancy.

I've been drinking some caffeine (moderate amount) and that seems to help kick them sometimes. I think that caffeine is the active ingredient in a lot of painkillers.

I also just started seeing a chiropractor that specializes in pre/post natal women. I have seen a reduction in the number of headaches, not sure if it is a coincidence or not. I only had one this week, and it was on Saturday, 5 days after I saw her. I was having them ever other day before that.

Mine are all concentrated at the base of my head, top of my neck, then they eventually spread to my temples. Ouch. I'm talking to my mw today - maybe she'll have some additional tips.
post #7 of 12

I've had a few too. Magnesium seemed to help, though it seems that dosing and type is something to double-check ( I was okay with it b/c at the time I know I wasn't getting enough mag anyway)

For prevention, gallons of water......and I do mean a lot! In pregnancy water needs already increase, and for me, being less than 9-10 glasses a day is trouble ( I only found this out after dealing with the UTI and having to drink soooo much water - my headaches went away!)

Also being in the sun too long seems to trigger them for me - though that may be more water too. 


I seem to recall reading somewhere that they are common in early 2nd tri and tend to go away by 20 weeks or so.



post #8 of 12

what has everybody been told about taking ibuprofen during pregnancy? just a couple of years ago when I was PG it was only not allowed in the last tri but now I've read more about it should be avoided? is that true? I try to avoid acetamenophen! and it doesn't work for me much. I have been getting headaches off an on which happened last time, too, and it seems they were only bad for a few weeks.

post #9 of 12
No ibuprofen. My midwife says tylenol is perfectly safe. Saw her today smile.gif
post #10 of 12

I have also been having headaches like crazy.  For low grade headaches I use either Merry Hempsters Hemp Rub or HeadOn.



Both provide some relief.





post #11 of 12

Ive been getting super headaches too, but i think its since i am not eating enough i have to eat every few hours and if i dont then the headaches get really bad.I also use willow bark its a more natural form of asprin.

post #12 of 12

I'm prone to migraines, like the type that knocks you out and sends you for a loop.. If they are minor I tried a warm pack and drinking water in a dark room (which is REALLY hard when you have 3 kids redface.gif).. If they get any worse I try Tylenol.. If they get to the point I can't function the OB from my last pregnancy told me I could either take Excedrin (which I really don't want to) or drink a glass of soda with caffeine. I usually try the soda. If they are still bad as soon as my husband gets home I take a unisom (because if I don't I spend the next day throwing up) and go to bed. Thank goodness my husband is "use to" it.. Ive been getting migraines since I was 9 and migraine meds make me ill so Ive gotten use to dealing with them in other ways.

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