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Tis the time during pregnancy that I begin to develop terrible headaches! At least it seems to be since the same thing happened while pregnant with DS. I had to stop wearing contacts last time because they only made the headaches worse. This is the 4th day in a row with the same annoying between the eyes headache that never gets REALLY bad but just hangs around and makes me cranky.<br>
I really really really do not want to start wearing my glasses full-time yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Anyone else starting to get headaches? What causes them in pregnancy?
 

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I don't know what causes them, changes in the blood amount maybe? I got headaches EVERY DAY for a few weeks, I guess about 12-15, but I'm not sure about that. I just realized that it's been awhile since I've had one!! But yeah, I totally had to stop wearing my glasses because of it, and I haven't worn them since actually. But I've also been having problems with my glasses causing pain because of being poorly adjusted, so I've been considering going back to contacts<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Dehydration can cause headaches, so make sure you're drinking plenty.
 

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Yes! Every day, it's horrible. I really have to up my water intake. As silly as it sounds, I've been too busy to drink. :p When I'm at work, I always have a glass of water by my desk, so it's not a problem. But I've been off for 2 weeks in the past month, and don't drink water as often at home. I'm bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I drink tons of water, so I don't think that is the problem. I think maybe it's sinuses again?
 

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I have them too, they are so awful, but at least I am not the only one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I had such a bad headache today, that I am going to go to work late. It's right behind my eyeballs. My Sears pregnancy book says it's normal in the fourth month. It could be because sugar levels, tension, or changing positions quickly. For me, I think I need to eat more regularly. It's just weird to eat every two hours, even snacks. I hope we all feel better soon!!
 

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I've started getting them too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It's more of an annoyance than anything but a headach makes everything THAT much worse, kwim?<br>
What's strange is that with my other pregnancies they happened in the first trimeseter. Seems like as soon as I hit 12 weeks, the fatigue began to fade, yet the headaches set in.<br>
Any good remedies? I've been using tylenol but would be open to something better of course!<br>
Karen
 

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i've just started getting them this past week! (week 15-16)....<br>
The only remedy besides Tylenol that I use is a yoga pose. Standing forward fold (uttanasana). Place your feet about hips distance apart, to make room for your belly, and fold forward from your hips. Bend your knees if you have tight hamstrings or low back problems. let your fingers touch the floor. For a headache I try to hold the pose for up to 2 minutes. (also good for digestion and depression...) Come back up slowly so you don't get dizzy.<br>
Lmk if any of you try it and if it helps...
 

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Thanks for the tip starmom! Luckily I haven't been getting them as frequently in the last 2 weeks. I had terrible sinuitis with DS and it looks like I'll have it again. I've been using nasal spray when it gets really bad, but other than last night, I haven't had many headaches.
 

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I get them too, but mine are tension headaches and it hurts in my neck and my head, so I have been seeing my chiropractor. Each time I get a headache, I go to see her and sure enough, something is out of whack in my neck. She fixes it and by the time I'm home it feels better!
 

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I've got them too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Last pregnancy they started at 11 weeks and were EVERY day. My OB told me I could take FOUR advil every FOUR hours to alleviate them. Some days I was taking SIXTEEN advil a day. Can you believe that? I have since changed OB's (baby was a stillborn for unknown reasons and I couldn't go back.) This time I have only taken advil twice on different days, and that was only TWO advil all day long. I will never take that much advil again. Now I just try and rest my eyes, and drink more.
 

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i've been getting a lot of headaches too... ick.<br>
mostly behind my eyes and down my neck.<br>
i've been fantasizing about a chiropractor (for purely physical reasons <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"> ) heh... but right now i'm using tylenol when i really can't take it anymore. i didn't think of the forward fold... child pose is usually a good neck relaxer for me - i'll have to try some different asanas. i'm never sure what's safe right now... inverted poses are out, right? (not that i'd try anyway - ooh the discomfort...)
 

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Just had to weigh in -- I've been getting bad headaches almost every day for a week now (just started). Misery loves company ... it honestly does make me feel better to know that I'm not alone. I am miserable though, and not willing to take meds. I'm drinking lots of water and trying to eat more frequently ... sigh.
 

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This thread caught my eye. I got migraines about once a month (with my period) before pregnancy and they got really bad in my first trimester. Now they are slacking off to only once a week or so and milder. Drinking lots, eating frequently, sleeping well, and avoiding stress (yeah right!) help. Chiropractic has helped too. But when they get bad I take "Excedrin Tension", which is acetaminophen and caffeine, and it works a lot better than plain Tylenol for me.<br>
Don't take Excedrin Migraine, as it has aspirin which should not be taken in pregnancy. Neither should ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) so I have to give a special shout out to TappinMamma...your former OB was SO wrong! I'm glad to hear you've only taken Advil a few times this pregnancy- please stop now! It should especially be avoided in the 3rd trimester. Read about the risks here: <a href="http://www.otispregnancy.org/pdf/Ibuprofen.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.otispregnancy.org/pdf/Ibuprofen.pdf</a>
 

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P.S. Hi Melissa! I seem to bump into you everywhere these days! Good to see you here. Sorry about the headaches. I can empathize!
 
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