Home Remedies for Headache and Migraines During Pregnancy

Headaches and migraines are quite common during pregnancy. Even though, not all women suffer from it, some women get headaches for various reasons. Exhaustion, sinus congestion, hunger, depression, stress and hunger can lead to headaches.

Sometimes, the surging hormones in the body also cause headaches. Of course, in some percentage of women, the tendency to get migraines reduces when they are pregnant. If you have been suffering from headaches, then you could try home remedies for headaches during pregnancy.

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You can discuss the home remedies for headaches during pregnancy with your health care provider too and ask them for their suggestions.

Natural Remedies for Headache During Pregnancy

Here are some of our natural remedies for headaches during pregnancy.

  • Find out what is causing the headache. You can jot down the possible triggers in a notebook, especially when you feel that you’re coming down with a headache. You can think of things that you may have eaten in the past 24 hours, or any particular activity that you might think could bring on the headache. Some of the common triggers include tobacco smoke, strong smells, excessive cold or heat, loud noises, flickering or glaring lights, pickled or fermented foods, chocolate, smoked fish, cultured dairy products, artificial sweeteners, sulfites, nitrites, and foods with monosodium glutamate.
  • You can use a compress to get relief from the pain. A cool compress works well for migraines and headaches.
  • Take a cold shower for relief. Alternatively, splash cold water on your face. You can even soak in a warm bath to get relief from headaches.
  • Try not to remain thirsty or hungry.

    Low blood sugar can cause headaches. It is advisable to small and frequent meals to prevent your blood sugar from dipping. Carry some fruits with you or tuck into a cup of yogurt. Carry a bottle with fresh, clean water and take a sip whenever you feel thirsty.
  • Try not to get tired and too exhausted. Take short, power naps whenever you feel tired or lie down for some time. A quiet, dark room is advisable for your naps.
  • Regular exercise and an active lifestyle help in several ways. Go for a walk, swim if your health care provider ratifies it, or join a yoga or Pilate class. Exercise improves your blood circulation and can trigger ‘happy hormones’- endorphins, which will make you feel better, physically and mentally.
  • A full-body massage might also be a good soothing technique.
  • Take up some activity that you will enjoy to be happy and less-focused on the health problems.
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