One of the most common among the many discomforts which are experienced during pregnancy is headache. They may occur at any time throughout the period of pregnancy by they are tend to be the most common at the time of 1st and 3rd trimesters.In the 1st trimester, the body experiences an increase in blood volume & a surge of hormones.  These changes can cause more frequent headaches at that time. Also, these may be further aggravated by changes in the vision, stress or poor posture.Some other reasons of occurrence of headaches during pregnancy may involve one or more of these:

  • Less sleep
  • Decrease of blood sugar
  • Dehydration in body
  • Withdrawal of Caffeine
  • Occurrence of stress due to many changes

Those ladies who haveissues with regular headaches of migraine may discover that they experience less migraines during their pregnancy; but some women may encounter the same or even more migraine headaches. It is important to talk to their health care provider about any treatment or medications that they may be taking for headaches in pregnancy. Headaches during the 3rd trimester, more often tend to be related totension from carrying extra weight and poor posture. Also, during the third trimester, they may also be caused by a condition called preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure in the pregnancy.Some tips for avoiding tensions:

  • Especially in the third trimester, one should practice good posture
  • Get lots of rest and relaxation
  • Exercise regularly
  • Have well-balanced diet
  • Cold or heat packs can be applied to head

If one is not able to prevent headaches during pregnancy, there are still steps that can be taken to help them go away. During pregnancy, women want to try and relieve their headache by natural means if possible. Pain relief medicineslike aspirin and ibuprofen are not recommended in most pregnancies; however, acetaminophen may be recommended by their health care provider.

One or more of the following natural remedies which women wants to try:

  • If suffering from a sinus headache, apply a warm compress around the eyes and nose
  • If having a tension headache, apply an ice pack at the base of the neck
  • Eat smaller, and more frequent meals to maintain blood sugar as this may also help in preventing future headaches
  • Massage the shoulders and neck which is an effective way to relieve pain
  • Practice deep breathing while having rest in a dark room
  • Take a bath or warm shower

One of the best ways to relieve or reduce the pain associated with a headache is to apply a heat or cold packs to the sides of the head, the eyes, and along the back of the neck. Heating packs and cold packs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, but most of the require using a microwave or the freezer first. Another limit with some of these is that the heat or cold subsides with time.Women can also reduce the chances of migraine headaches by avoiding common triggers of migraine.