(Closed) Headaches in pregnancy

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: When did your headaches begin?
    first month : (8 votes)
    30 %
    second month : (7 votes)
    26 %
    third month : (3 votes)
    11 %
    fourth month : (4 votes)
    15 %
    fifth month : (3 votes)
    11 %
    sixth month : (0 votes)
    seventh month : (0 votes)
    eighth month : (0 votes)
    ninth month : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2261 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This is the start of my second month and I’d have to say I’ve noticed them a few times since I tested positive. Besides raging hormones I’m not sure why they happen. :/ I do know they are one of the signs of a normal pregnancy. 

    Post # 4
    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I can’t remember which month they began to get really bad and frequent, but it was definitely during my second trimester.  i would get migraines or tension headaches that lasted for several days. I took tyelenol sometimes, but it typically didn’t work. my regimen was usually drink a ton of water, take tyelenol, stay off computer, relax, take a shower, eat.  Sometimes these things worked, other times nothing did.  Some were so bad that i would throw up.  I didn’t get morning sickness in my first trimester, but i definitely threw up more in my second and third trimesters than i ever have in the span of a few months due to migraines and an ultra-sensitive gag reflex!

    i found by my third trimester, i was better at preventing them. like i figured out that things that triggered headaches pre-pregnancy were just much more sensitive now. so i make sure to drink a ton of water everyday, never wait too long before eating, try to get a decent amount of sleep, etc etc.  this past weekend, i had one day where i did not do any of those things and i got a full blown migraine – vomiting twic :(. Luckily it went away after one day, but the whole experience was still brutal.

    i wish you well and hope you are able to find a way to manage them soon!

    Post # 6
    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @Peony007:  my doctor never seemed overly concerned either and when i reported at every appointment that i was getting migraines, he wrote it in my chart and now asks me how they are whenever i go in….but now i say they are gone for the most part! i guess i will tell him about this past weeken when i see him this week, but i don’t think there is much he can do or say anyway! 

    Post # 7
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    The past 3 days I have had horrible recurring headaches 🙁 I’m 5weeks 6 days today

    Post # 8
    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Headaches can be a normal part of pregnancy for some women, but it’s important that your doctor knows about it, as they can be an indicator of high blood pressure. If you’re not sure what your blood pressures are running, ask! Sometimes your doc (if they don’t have a longstanding relationship with you) will assume your 135/85 bp is normal for you- which it is for some people- but it can be a very bad thing for someone who runs 96/50 all the time. The trend is what’s important..does that make sense? Regardless, they shouldn’t be so bad that they’re impacting your ability to live your life!!!!!!!

    Post # 9
    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am now 13 weeks & have had terrible headaches since before I got my positive 🙁

    my friend, 5 weeks ahead of me, is still having them. Hope it gets better!!

    Post # 11
    2226 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @Peony007:  I”ve had them since the beginning.  Mine are mostly sinus headaches though.  My OB did tell me to take 500mg of Magnesium a day and that should help the headaches. 

    Post # 12
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    They typically happen in the 2nd trimester because your blood volume is doubling but the size of your vessels/capillaries stays the same.  The headaches result from the increased blood pressure.  Definitely tell your doc about them so you can track your blood pressure and make sure it doesn’t get too high.  My Bridal Party went from 90/60 in the beginning of pregnancy to 110/70 in the 2nd tri; still not “high”, but it was a significant rise.  Depending on your starting Bridal Party, that rise could put you into dangerous territory.  My doctor’s advice was a caffeinated beverage each day because the caffeine is a dilates the blood vessels and some ibuprofen for the headache, but you’ll want to check with your OB for his/her advice.

    Post # 13
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I only had headaches at the very beginning- but I had also just cut out caffeine.  Also, if I got too tired or too hungry I’d get a little bit of a headache.  After I got used to my decaf coffee in the morning & did a better job of resting as needed and snacking between meals, they resolved themselves.

    Post # 14
    7777 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I got migraines when I was pregnant. It started right around 12 weeks. My doctor suggested Tylenol and a little caffiene, which really worked for me.

    Post # 15
    327 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I started to get mine about 18 wks in.  They’re terrible.  I usually pop a Tylenol and take a nap if I can.

    Post # 16
    1934 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I got MASSIVE headaches every single day at the beginning of the second trimester which lasted several weeks.  It wsa awful, but at almost 24 weeks now, I rarely get them

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