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What could be causing my low grade headache for the past week?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am not swelling so I don't think it is high blood pressure....but what am I doing wrong? Am I not eating often enough? Drinking enough?

I need some help bc it s annoying and worrisome. I am 19w 2 days today.

Any ideas would be helpful!
post #2 of 14
I was having the same problem. My midwife said its mostly hormonal and should clear up around 16 weeks, but mine persisted much longer than that. She also told me to be eating something with good protein every 3 hrs and to drink 2 L of water a day. I'm not doing either of those things (I'm sooo bad this pregnancy), but the headaches seemed to have cleared up on their own. I would try to eat and drink more often, get enough sleep, and if you need to don't feel guilty about taking some Tylenol!
post #3 of 14

Aww, I hope it clears up! I just wanted to say that, for me, I've not gotten a headache this pregnancy that didn't seem to go along with needing more water. Even on days when I'd already drank a LOT. I find that it takes like three or four full glasses of water, but that does seem to make mine go away whenever they come. 

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

You both were correct-- I think I found that water was the cure.  I woke up with yet another pounding headache so I started "pounding" the water-- I drank 3 glasses in about 30 minutes and then kept drinking.  My headaches have disappeared.....BUT....now have another problem.  I have to pee literally every 30 minutes.  The bathroom at work is not in a convenient location....so I am wasting so much time going to the bathroom.  Oh well-- at least the headaches are gone!!!!


Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111



post #5 of 14

lol. It's insane how much we have to drink while preggo! Just insane.

post #6 of 14

No kidding on the amount of water...I don't even sip water any more, every time I go to have a drink I just drink an entire glass. 

The peeing is soooo annoying! I swear my whole day is planned around bathroom stops - and they have to be good ones!

post #7 of 14

I'm glad you all brought this issue up. I've been waking up with headaches every morning, but downing 3-4 huge glasses of water right away helps. Then I just keep drinking like crazy all day long. The problem is that I don't want to drink a lot during the night — I'm already up 3 times every night to pee. I think I'd be up every hour if I drank as much as my body needs during the night! And I'm an extremely light sleeper who often deals with some difficult insomnia as it is, so waking up even more often kind of guarantees sleep difficulties. Does anyone else have this problem with headaches in the morning? What do you do about it?

post #8 of 14

lol, I just sort of gave up on consecutive hours of sleep. lol I drink or rather guzzle water all day and I just can't seem to stop at night, so I'm up some nights 5x just to pee! Bah, it's a pain, but I'm lucky enough to be home during the day and can take it easy if one particular night gave me less sleep than usual. 


Hopefully someone will have some tips that will help you!

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Bostonmummy-- making our bedroom cold also helped. If it's a cool night, we put a fan in the window...if not we turn the a/c on. It is so cold in the room, that it is almost miserable...but it helped!!!
post #10 of 14

Yeah, I've been keeping our room cool, too, but it doesn't seem to help the headaches. The only solution I can come up with is to drink at least a gallon of water all day and all night. I kept the water going for half the night last night, but then I just wanted to get a solid few hours of sleep and stopped the water half way through; the headache was back in the morning, albeit less intense. So tonight every time I wake up, which is about every 1.5 to 2 hours, I'm going to drink another glass of water and see if that helps stave off the nighttime dehydration. 


Does this same kind of dehydration happen during breastfeeding, too? Or is just primarily a pregnancy thing?

post #11 of 14

I don't recall any breastfeeding headaches...though I seem to be forgetting a lot these days. The thing with water & breastfeeding, is that dehydration will affect your supply. So when they say to drink a glass of water every time you sit down to nurse - it's to help both you and your milk supply.


I'm another one who drinking all night long. I just get so thirsty at night, I have to - so I know how irritating that bathroom trips are too. I'm not waking with headaches though. Sorry if it's been mentioned, but maybe there is some muscle tension contributing? I've noticed that going to yoga has really loosened me up, and I don't feel so tight anymore - sometimes that can contribute to head pain.


Magnesium is another thing that can help headaches. I took some back when I still had MS, and it always worked. I felt comfortable taking it b/c at that time I wasn't getting my full prenatal, and my diet was very deficient. Maybe ask your midwife/dr about dosage and give it a try? Epsom salt baths would be another way to get it in, someone will have to tell me if that is preggo safe though - I haven't looked into that yet.

post #12 of 14
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Bostonmummy-- I also found that not getting enough sleep caused chronic headaches.  I don't know what to suggest in terms of balancing your need for water and your need for sleep (and not waking up to pee all night long). In addition, increasing my calories have helped with headaches as well.  I have found that if I don't eat a small healthy meal/snack every 2-3 hours, then I get chronic headaches.  If they continue, I would definitly talk to your care provider to find out if they have any sugestions b/c it can also be a sign of high blood pressure....  :/ 


My headaches during breast feeding were from lack of sleep from baby waking up.  Once I was able to sleep more at night, they stopped.  Once again, though, increasing calories and liquid can help!!




post #13 of 14

I had another appointment with the midwife this morning, and everything is looking great! My bp is 100/60, so no worries about high bp. The baby's pulse is perfect, and I'm measuring exactly on schedule (22 weeks, 2 days). She wasn't sure why I was getting headaches, but she recommended drinking electrolyte water. I think I'll make my own since I can't drink the store brands with all of the additives. I'll try drinking it at night to see if that helps with the morning headaches. They're really not that bad - just different from my usual headache-free mornings. Will let you know if it works!

post #14 of 14

coconut water with a pinch os sea salt may be good for a homemade version (not too much salt obviously) Hope you find the trick!!

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