Problems Occured During First Stage/ Trimester of Pregnancy

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Headaches, Migrane, Relief...

You're in your first trimester in the pregnancy. You know that you'd be feeling a lot of emotions and bodily discomforts, because of a lot of changes your body is currently going through.

You will soon realize that headaches, migraines and pregnancy may go hand in hand due to a lot of different reasons.  

Headaches and migraines aren't just limited to the first trimester. It may occur again when your reach your third trimester. Most of the aches you may feel would just be tension headaches (also known as stress or tension-type headaches due to the fact that you only experience this when something stressful happens.

The most common causes of headaches in pregnancy are believed to be linked to hormones and may be due to low blood sugar, lack of sleep, withdrawal to caffeine and too much stress 

No one knows why, but women who have the usual migraine may experience less of it. It is said that headaches on the 3rd trimester are usually due to poor posture.

But not to be discounted is the fact that headaches (along with swelling, sudden weight gain and changes in vision) are usually a prelude to preeclampsia - a pregnancy disorder characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. 

Since you are pregnant, you just can't take any pain relief medications for the pain and discomfort. If you have a sinus headache, apply a warm compress around the eyes or nose, where your sinuses are.

If it is the regular tension headache, use an icepack for the base of your neck. Massage shoulders or neck or the temple area to relieve the pain. Take a warm bath. 

Reduce the likelihood of migraine by avoiding at all costs the following migraine-headache triggers: chocolate (a very common trigger for most migraine sufferers), alcohol, yoghurt, sour cream, breads with fresh yeast, preserved meats, peanuts, some aged cream and aged cheese. 

Once you understand what your triggers are, it will be easier for you to do something about them. It is said that when you are pregnant, your health care provider may prescribe some non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.

However, recent studies have shown that even the simple ibuprofen and naproxen sodium is not recommended especially in the third trimester as it may cause possible problems to the fetus. Acetaminophen is still a doctor's first choice as medication for pain relief for pregnant women. 

Before taking anything for your pain though, you should always seek the advice of a doctor or your OB gynecologist, especially if after taking some medication and/or natural remedies, you experience blurry vision, swelling in the hands and feet, pain in the upper right abdomen, and sudden weight gain. 


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