Post # 1
Did/is anyone experiencing headaches in the second trimester. I’m 17w 3d and for about a week or so I’ve been having horrid headaches. Mainly on my left side it’s a terrible throbbing. Tylenol only slightly dulls them. They are debilitating. A quick hot shower normally soothes them temporarily. Today I decided to really focus on getting lots and lots of water in. I’m now over 80ounces for the day the throbbing is gone but I still feel a lot of pressure and sudden movement or coughing brings sharp pains that only last a few seconds but still it’s very frustrating. Glad the throbbing is gone but it feels like it will start again at any second. All the pain is around the left side. I also have tmj and it has really been acting up lately my jaws are always tensed and I can’t make them relax. So it could also be that causing or adding to the problem but it is worrisome.
Post # 3
@ames12708: I had a headache every day for a few weeks from about 15-18. I’m at 21 now and it has been a week or 2 since I’ve had one.
Post # 4
I’ve had the headaches start happening again recently :-(. Something that works for me is chasing my Tylenol with a can of Cherry Coke and eating a bagel. It’s the oddest combination, but it’s working. I’m planning on asking my doctor about this at my appointment on Wednesday. If I get any good info, I’ll pass it along!
Post # 5
i had constant quite severe headaches in the first tri, now im having regular moderate headaches.i use those coolign gel pads, and i also have a menthol stick 4-head (may only be available in UK) that i apply to my temples. honestly it only helps for v mild headaches, but i use it anyway. when tylenol fails, i tyr and sleep it off. i also try to dirnk a ton of water but honestly it doesnt help, nor does caffeine =S
It can be caused by constant tensing of muscles, so one option is to go and have a full body (prenatal) massage and ask them to try and get pressure points on the head and face.
Post # 6
I remember having headaches when I was pregnant (but I’m not sure exactly when, sorry) and my provider told me that as your hormones fluctuate and your blood volume goes up it is normal to get headaches.
If they’re so terrible you feel they’re debilitating, definitely talk to your doctor. There might not be much they can do medication-wise, but (s)he might be able to offer a reasonable explanation and maybe give you some tips or hints to deal with them more efficiently.
Post # 7
@ames12708: Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear about your headaches! I’ll be 10w tomorrow and have been getting wicked headaches. I see my accupuncturist every 4 weeks & am going back to my massage therapist starting my 2nd trimester. I had 5 headache days last week (wednesday-sunday) and ended up talking to the on call OB on Sunday. He prescribed Tylenol 3 to take, I read up on it and decided I was comfortable taking it. The dosing was 1-2 pills every 4-6 hours. I ended up only taking 1 pill and after a couple of hours my headache finally went away. I also have multiple ice packs for my eyes, shoulders & neck that I rotate between when I have a nagging headache. I normally suffer from migraines so its something i’m ‘used to’ but now have to find new ways to treat them without hurting the baby.
Post # 8
I would talk to your dr. Might be pregnancy related but if its concentrated on one side to me it sounds like it could be a sinus infection.
Post # 9
I had the worst headaches in the second trimester!! What helped was heating and cooling packs.. I took them to work with me and to bed… And Tylenol Kinda helped… But nothing cured them like sleep did! But one day they just stopped and I haven’t had one since, but it was a rough couple weeks!!
I would only be worried if you have high blood pressure or your urine tests come back abnormal, so check with your doctor for sure!! Or if you have access take your own blood pressure, just to be on the safe side!
Post # 10
@ames12708: I’ve had headaches too (I also have TMJ disorder and we’re due on the same day…weird!). Anyways, I take Tylenol for the headaches but sometimes it just doesn’t touch them.
The one thing I’ve discovered that helps my headaches is a bit of caffeine. It don’t have to have a lot though. I’ll have a Tylenol and wash it down with half a can of coke for example. I asked the doctor about this at my appointment today and he said that it’s perfectly fine to do that. He just said that I shouldn’t exceed 200 mg of caffeine per day. I don’t consume caffeine any other time than when I have a headache and it’s usually a last result.
Post # 11
I get horrible headaches! And sometimes I even take the max tylenol EXTRA STRENGTH and they don’t go away, at which point I go for some caffene. Sometimes they subside sometimes they don’t :/ I’m 22+3
Post # 12
I also had headaches in the second tri and the only thing that sometimes helped was tylenol and caffiene. My doctor said that it’s the change in blood volume plus hormones. They went away in the third tri, but there really wasn’t much I could do for them in the second.