For the past few weeks, I've had a headache more often than not. I'm sure it's my sinuses, since I've been stuffed up and sniffly since I got pregnant, and it's worsened recently.
What can I do to relieve some of the pressure and get rid of these headaches?
I also like to apply gentle pressure w/ my fingertips to my forehead and cheeks, over the sinus cavities... It seems to help get the gunk moving, at least enough that I can blow my nose.
Good luck! I'm sure other mamas on the board will have even better solutions for you.
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I like the neti pot too.
You can also put eucaliptis (sp?) oil in boiling water, put a towel over your head and breath in the steam, it will help open up your head- just don't put the oil on your skin, it can get into the blood stream.
I like the neti pot too.
I put a little eucalyptus oil in the warm/hot shower. I had a sinus infection a couple of weeks ago and that helped. Also, if you see a chiropractor, let them know and they might do the pressure on your sinuses thing. Mine did and it helped sooo much. A couple of times, a few hours after I saw mine and she did the sinus pressure massage, all of this stuff came out (sorry for the tmi) and it was a great relief.
Good luck and feel better!
1. neti pot -- multiple times a day. Yeah, I was terrified of using it (who pours water into the nose unless they are at Gitmo!??!) but it really really helped. The first time felt a little burny but after that it was just fine.
2. lots of really steamy showers
3. breathing steam from a bowl
4. humidifier at night. I had TWO in my bedroom!
5. Lots and LOTS of SLEEP!!!!!!! (I seriously think this one is the most key)
6. Hot packs on my sinus areas when it felt really bad
I did also take tylenol from time to time when the headache got too intense to handle.
HANG IN THERE. I will admit that it took a lot longer than I hoped to rid myself of the sinus infection, and that the whole thing REALLY SUCKED, but I was happy I managed to get through it without any antibiotics.
Feverfew has really really helped me reduce my headaches, as I used to have then constantly.
I'm not an herbalist or anything but feverfew might not be a good plan.
Anyhow, homeopathics are safe during pregnancy, so you might look into some of the combination Sinus remedies or specific remedies for your symtoms. Today I was out and only had the Hylands Kids C+ Cold Tablets with me, and so I took the max recommended dose (for kids 6+!) and got some relief.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.