I seem to be plagued with almost constant headaches this whole pregnancy. Sometimes it gets better for a few days but they always come back. I'm posting this because after an all day headache yesterday and a good night's sleep, my head is still pounding this morning and I'm at a loss. I've been drinking plenty of fluids, sleeping as much as needed, etc. Does anyone else have this problem? I try to stay away from medicine but if this keeps up I'm going to have to take something just to be able to function. I was hopeful that once the first trimester was over they would stop but here I am at 15 weeks and they're worse than ever!
I've been having the same problem, but I also have chronic daily migraines & tension headaches so it's not really unexpected. When I'm not pregnant, my preventive meds keep them down to 2-3 a week, but I'm off those meds during pregnancy. It's been pretty miserable this time. DH is changing jobs right now and once he starts his new one I'll start going to the chiro again, that really helps keep them under control.
I had bad headaches with my last pregnancy and didn't figure out until much later that they were caused by gluten intolerance. I stopped eating gluten a couple of years ago and my migraines and joint pain disappeared, and I wish I had tried it earlier and saved myself years of suffering.
I second chiropractic, a misalignment in the neck can cause a nasty headache. I've been seeing one long enough I can tell when I need an adjustment, and it can be really helpful during pregnancy when all of the shifting weight and stretching ligaments starting pulling your body in different directions. They can also help with moving breech babies into the right position. If you have insurance, check to see if they cover chiropractic visits, mine covers 90% so I don't pay much out of pocket. Ironically, it was my chiropractor who helped me figure out gluten intolerance.
I hope you find some relief!
Are you taking a prenatal vitamin? I only ask because I am, in general, prone to headaches - pregnant or no. But I find that when I take my vitamins religiously that I get much fewer headaches. So I assume there's something in there that helps to prevent them - I don't know what! Other thoughts - tension - they say that almost all headaches are caused by muscle tension.... And finally, if I start my day with enough protein - when you're pregnant you're supposed to be getting around 70 grams a day - that seems to help. A naturopath once told me that you need to eat within the first hour of waking and have 20-30% of your day's protein at breakfast in order for your body to work right the rest of the day. Others on these boards have also suggested a small amount of caffeine first thing in the morning or when you feel a headache coming on - which works for me sometimes. But to be honest, I've had a couple headaches so bad during this pregnancy that I've broken down and taken two tylenol - sometimes I just have to take something to be rid of the really bad ones - and then start from scratch. I've read that early 2nd trimester headaches are actually very common. xox
Yes, I'm taking a raw prenatal because the other ones really upset my stomach. It helps to know they're common and not something to worry about, I just hate how irritable I get when my head is pounding. I don't even let my family play guitar around me anymore, it hurts my head. Noise in general bothers me more than anything these days. I think I'll take your advice and take my vitamins in the morning with some protein to see if that helps. I'm still interested in a chiro visit... my neck has been messed up for months. Sometimes after sleeping on it wrong it feels terrible, other times it won't hurt for a few days. Always on the left side. I have an hour massage certificate I've had for almost a year that I could use as well to see if that helps... I'm weird about getting massaged by someone I don't know, though.. I'd much prefer my partner rub me down than a stranger!
It's so funny that you should post this question - I was just walking down the hallway at work this morning thinking that I would have to mention to my midwife all of these headaches I've been having! At first I thought I wasn't drinking enough water, but I've upped that and it hasn't helped. Usually if I take 500mg of Tylenol it goes away, but this morning I woke up with a headache from a well rested sleep! Very strange - and I usually don't get headaches otherwise. I can't remember if I had them my last pregnancy or not.
I am prone to headaches even when not pregnant, but in my first trimester they get SO. Much. Worse. Ugh. Just wanted to say I feel your pain. I've had to take tylenol and even get a script for something more from my OB because they are every day and so so bad. I actually hallucinated from one about a week ago. It was horrible. Hugs, I hope they go away soon!
I would say Arnica rather than tylenol. It's a homeopathic pain remedy. Also taking a relaxing bath with Roman Chamomile and Lavender EO can help ease tension. Definitely see a chiropractor/osteopath as well as an acupuncturist. They can also help get your chakras re-aligned and communicating properly. It sounds like the first step would be massage (deep tissue by a massage therapist) and chiropractic/osteopath. Our osteopath takes insurance and he's our regular GP as well so it's like one stop shopping. Woot woot!
Gahhhhh, this migraine has lasted 3 days so far, it's really kicking my butt. I've even tried my prescription meds for it and it gave me a couple hours relief and then it came right back. Totally not worth the stress of taking the meds. I'm counting down the days until I can get back in to see the chiro and hopefully get some relief, just a few more weeks.