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Headaches During Pregnancy

Headaches during pregnancy

Headaches during pregnancy are even more painful because your treatment options are far more limited. What’s interesting is that some women, who regularly suffer from chronic headaches, such as migraines, may have fewer episodes. Other women who rarely experience any type of headaches at all, all of a sudden have them. And others, who regularly fall victim to pre-pregnancy chronic headaches, may have even more. What’s going on here?

What Causes Pregnancy Headaches?

Many women experience headaches during pregnancy, especially in the first and third trimesters. Hormonal changes that affect estrogen levels, along with an increase in blood volume and circulation, are the most probable causes.

Some women who never had a migraine will experience their first, while others who are chronic migraine sufferers will experience fewer or none at all. Still others will see an increase in the frequency of migraine headaches.

Third trimester pregnancy headaches are often related to poor posture – the result of the extra weight of carrying the baby. They may also be related to a serious rise in blood pressure, known as preeclampsia, which requires immediate medical attention.

Causes of more frequent headaches during pregnancy include:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Low blood sugar
  • Dehydration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sinus congestion
  • Withdrawal from caffeine

It’s extremely important to keep to a regular eating schedule and to drink plenty of water when you’re pregnant to keep blood sugar stable.

Treating Headaches During Pregnancy

Although preventive migraine headache medications will most likely be on the “banned substances” list, here are a few things you can do to help relieve headaches during your pregnancy:

  • Get a massage to ease sore muscles in the neck and upper spine that may be contributing to your headache pain.
  • Identify areas of stress and attempt to avoid them.
  • Drink a few glasses of water when you first feel a headache coming on as insufficient fluid intake may be the cause. Drink 2-3 glasses of water to see if symptoms subside.
  • Apply a cool compress to your neck area for a tension headache and a warm compress to your face for a sinus headache.
  • Lie down in a dark room and rest for a bit.
  • Try to eat nutritious foods, maintain a regular sleep schedule, get some exercise, and drink plenty of fluids.

Some doctors will approve of your taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®), but you should not take any type of headache pain reliever, including herbal remedies, without first consulting a health care professional.

Pregnancy Headache Relief Without the Worry

Want to be sure you’re not taking any risks with headache relief medications? Then try chiropractic care! Yes, chiropractic care, a safe and all-natural headache remedy that looks to eliminate the cause of headaches and doesn’t just mask symptoms.

Do you reside in Shelby Twp? Locate participating chiropractors in Shelby Twp here.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

Not only is it safe for pregnancy headache relief, and keep in mind that headaches are a primary reason why patients see chiropractors in the first place, chiropractic care is good for mom and baby for a lot of other reasons!

You see, during pregnancy, the spine can become misaligned due to an increase in weight, poor posture and pelvic changes. A misaligned spine is one of the most common causes of headaches.

Pelvic misalignments that occur during pregnancy can reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby and prohibit the baby from getting into the best “presenting” birth position.

Some additional benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy may include:

  • Creating the best environment for a healthier pregnancy
  • Reducing nausea
  • Providing relief for common back and neck pain
  • Reducing amount of time spent in labor and delivery
  • Reducing likelihood of caesarian birth

So, gentle, safe and all-natural chiropractic care may not only provide relief of pregnancy headache pain, it may have positive effects on many other aspects of your pregnancy. In fact, many women have reported that they never felt better in their lives and that their pregnancies and births were so much easier and less painful as a result of chiropractic care.

What do I do Next?

Contact one of the chiropractors who sponsor! You’ll speak with a caring doctor who wants to see you enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy, without headaches and without pain. And more than that, most chiropractic pregnancy patients report that they have experienced an easier birth with shorter labor and delivery! That’s not half bad!

Our sponsors can’t prescribe medications or perform surgeries, but they are licensed and recognized by federal and state governments and many insurance policies supply chiropractic care coverage. Many chiropractors will tell you that they receive quite a few referrals from midwives and doctors who understand how beneficial chiropractic care is for their pregnant patients.

So, how do chiropractors provide headache relief along with all these other benefits without prescribing medications? They are highly educated and trained to locate and correct spinal misalignments that may be responsible for your headache pain and other pregnancy-related conditions. Then, they use precise and gentle adjustments to put affected bones back into place and relieve any nerve interference that may be causing your pregnancy headaches and/or other conditions.

When you visit a sponsor of, he or she will spend as much time as needed to provide you with a thorough examination and make recommendations to you, including whether or not you are a good candidate for chiropractic care. You’ll be amazed at how much better you can feel – all over – and not just in your head when you receive safe and all-natural chiropractic care. Give one of our sponsors a call today to relieve your pregnancy headaches!

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