Headache and nausea are the two most common complaints during pregnancy. They are mostly primary headaches. However, pregnancy facilitates the occurrence of secondary headaches. Headaches start suddenly during pregnancy. It is suddenly cut off. The throbbing may feel like a rubber band is squeezing your head, or it may be in the form of migraine pain.
Causes of Secondary Headache
It is hypertension.
Although secondary headaches are rare, they are important in terms of causing death or systematic disease. In this regard, if there are systematic and neurological findings together with the headache or if the headache is getting worse and the frequency is increasing, it should be careful. Expert opinion must be sought here.
Primary Headaches in Pregnancy
Migraine and tension-type headaches.
While the frequency and severity of the pain decrease in some pregnant women who suffer from migraine pain, sometimes the opposite happens. Some pain may last for a few minutes, some for a few days. Migraine pain relieved during pregnancy returns after delivery. It may even increase in intensity. This is said to be due to hormonal changes released during pregnancy.
low blood sugar
Low blood sugar triggers migraine. For this reason, it is necessary for pregnant women to have small and frequent meals.
Most headaches in pregnancy occur in the first two trimesters. It disappears in the 2nd trimester. Persistent headaches in the third trimester are either due to hypertension or preeclampsia. In this case, expert opinion should be sought for diagnosis and treatment.
Non-drug therapies for headaches
Keep your blood sugar stable.
Meals should be small and frequent to keep blood sugar stable.
Change your position slowly, as this change will affect blood flow to the brain. Headache will occur due to decreased blood flow. Sitting and sitting movements should be slow, otherwise the blood will not be able to pump enough blood to the brain.
And it cannot adjust. In addition, since the growing uterus stores most of the blood during pregnancy, less blood will flow to the brain, so dizziness, fainting or headache may be felt when getting out of bed in the morning or when getting up from the sofa in the evening. In this case, as a precaution, do not stand up suddenly, but stand up slowly.
Get clean and fresh air.
If you stay in stuffy, poorly ventilated or dirty rooms, sinus fullness and headache will occur.
Do not smoke and do not be in smoking environments.
Do not stay in closed and stuffy rooms for a long time.
If you have to stay, sit by the window.
Avoid dry air.
Make sure the room you are in is humid.
Take frequent breaks in long-term offices.
Go outside get fresh air.
Three basic natural therapies for headaches
The way to treat pain in pregnancy would be to prevent it from occurring.
Lie down in a comfortable and safe place and have a helper start at the pain point on your head and massage outward by sliding the circular scalp over the bone. You can also try other different positions.
lying on the ground
sitting on the sofa
You can get a massage standing up.
Pregnancy hormones cause swelling (Edema) in the sinuses. This
It increases gradually in the winter seasons in airless environments. As a precaution, apply facial steam. Sit on a chair or sofa and put the steamer on the table. Get support with hands resting on the table. Hold the steam machine on your face for 20 minutes. It will also be good to listen to music during this time.
3.Calm head and closed eyes
Try to sleep in a quiet, dimly lit room. Relax using relaxation suggestions and imaging techniques. If all these applications do not solve the headache problem, seek the help of a doctor. Or if you are in an emergency and difficult situation, you can use medicine.