Headaches During Pregnancy
When you are pregnant and experiencing headaches, the pain is most likely more painful than those you had before you were pregnant. Why is this? During pregnancy your options for treatment to reduce your pain are much more limited because some treatment options might be harmful to your unborn child. Why are your headaches increased or more painful during pregnancy? Keep reading to find out.
The Reason Behind Intense Pregnancy Headaches
It is common for women to experience intense head pain while in the first and last trimesters of pregnancy. During this time there are many hormonal changes that are happening within the body and have an effect on estrogen levels. There is additionally and increase in the amount of blood circulating within the body due to the baby that is growing. These two things are the most likely reasons that headaches become more frequent and more intense during pregnancy. If you are lucky and have never experienced a migraine, you might have started to experience them when you became pregnant. For others who experience chronic migraines, however, the amount of migraines they experience may decrease of become non-existent. For each person this time is different and there is no way to predict how being pregnant will affect your migraines.
Once women enter into the third trimester of their pregnancy, their head pain may be attributed to the poor posture that usually accompanies this period of time – at this point the growing baby is large enough to change a woman’s center of gravity. Additional reasons for an increase in head pain during pregnancy can include dehydration, lack of caffeine, stress, congestion of the sinuses, tiredness, trouble sleeping and drops in blood sugar levels. When you are pregnant it is crucial to keep yourself healthy for the sake of the baby, and keeping your hydration and blood sugar levels is very important.
Healthy Headache Treatments for You and Your Baby
If you are suffering from head pain, there are many medications that are commonly used to treat head pain that are not an option for you while you are with child. Here are a few options that are safe to help you relieve head pain while you are pregnant.
- Use a cold compress that is applied to your head or neck area
- Get regular massages to help the muscles that are sore in your back and neck which may play a role in your head pain
- Get plenty of rest and lie down in a dark room when you begin to experience the pain
- Attempt to avoid things that lead to stress and worry in your life
- At the onset of your head pain, drink a couple glasses of water and make sure that you stay hydrated
- Maintain a steady balance of health foods, water, and sleep so that your body can better cope with the stress of a growing baby – adequate exercise is also important
In some instances, medical doctors might allow you to take Tylenol, however, it is best that you do not use any type of pain reliever, including natural herbs, before talking to a medical professional.
Is There a Treatment Option That is Safe During Pregnancy?
If you aren’t willing to take any chances with pain relievers while pregnant, turn to chiropractic care for relief. Chiropractic care is an all-natural and drug free option that has provided headache relief to many pregnant women. Our Top Rated Chiropractors work to address the source of your pregnancy headaches, not just hiding the symptoms. Head pain is one of the top reasons that people visit a chiropractor and treatments are safe for both mom and baby while pregnant. During pregnancy the spine can easily be pushed out of alignment as a result of the additional weight and changes in the pelvis that occur during this time. Misalignments are one of the main reasons that people experience head pain.
When you pelvis is pushed out of alignment, the space that exists for a baby to grow and develop is reduced and can affect the ability for the baby to get into the proper position for the birthing process. Additionally, chiropractic care can also reduce the probability of have a caesarian birth, reduce nausea, reduce the duration of the labor, create a healthier pregnancy, and reduce back and neck pain. Chiropractic care not only provides head pain relief during pregnancy, but also helps other aspects of your pregnancy.
Get Started Today!
If you think that chiropractic care may be a good treatment option to relieve your pregnancy related headaches, call one of our Top Rated Chiropractors today. Our chiropractors are highly knowledgeable and extensively trained on how to treat pregnant women and are licensed in the states in which they practice. Additionally, some are highly recommended by midwives who know how beneficial this type of treatment is to the health of both baby and mother.
Our Top Rated Chiropractors are able to locate any misalignments that may exist within the spine that is preventing the body from functioning properly. They then use a series of gentle and precise adjustments to help realign the bones in the spine. When this occurs, any irritation that exists in the nerves or any interference that is disrupting the messages being sent from the brain to other parts of the body is no longer happening. When you visit one of our Top Rated Chiropractors they will perform a series of examinations to see if chiropractic care is a good option to relieve your head pain.
If you are ready to experience a pregnancy that is free of headaches and pain, try chiropractic care today. Relief is possible with a treatment that is safe for both you and your growing baby.