Experts are warning that headaches during pregnancy could be masking serious underlying health conditions. And while the vast majority experienced are nothing to worry about – a small percentage may be caused by potentially life threatening neurological conditions.… [read more]
Painkillers during pregnancy may raise the risk of children developing ADHD. Researchers have found that the drug, found in Tylenol and other cold medications, could increase the risk of hyperactivity disorders by as much as a third. The risk was higher in mothers taking the painkillers for long periods of time while pregnant.
Acetaminophen, (aka Paracetamol) may act as a hormone disruptor in the womb, interfering with normal brain development. With no evidence of any harmful effects on the unborn baby, The National Health Service in Britain advises women needing short-term pain relief to use the lowest dose for the shortest period of time.… [read more]
Pregnancy headaches can be tough. You are limited as to what you can take to alleviate them, yet they are one of the most common discomforts during pregnancy. For me personally, I have always suffered from migraines. During pregnancy, I actually get them more infrequently, but when I do get one it is bad.
I also seems to suffer from regular headaches more frequently, especially at the end of the second trimester. There are some things that could be triggering headaches such as: lack of sleep, low blood sugar, dehydration, caffeine withdrawal – this is a toughie for me!, and stress. And during the third trimester you are carrying all that extra weight so your posture can cause tension in you muscles, leading to a headache.
There are a few things that have helped me get through, which were recommended to me by my midwife. was suffering from a very bad migraine for a week. I had tried my usual hot shower, cold compress and even taken medication. But nothing helped. She recommended I try acupuncture, a chiropractor, or a prenatal massage.
A prenatal massage was very helpful in the moment of the headache, as I was able to relax, get some relief and sleep. The chiropractor also helped a lot and helped relieve my headache all together. It was amazing. I had heard about how it can change your life if you suffer from migraines but as always hesitant. It is scary to have someone cracking you! But it leaves you feeling refreshed and energized and really helped my headache. I think this is what finally helped relieve my pain.
I am way to freaked out by needles to try acupuncture, but I have heard this is also very helpful. let me know if you have tried it, I am dying to know how it helped pregnant mamas.
Of course talk to your doctor about medications and supplements you can take to help relieve and prevent headaches. And if your headaches also lead you to having blurry vision, sudden weight gain, pain in the upper right abdomen, or swelling call your doctor immediately as these could be signs of something more serious.