5 ways to ease pregnancy headaches

Pregnancy headaches are a common side effect of changing hormone levels. You should always see your doctor for pregnancy concerns, however these 5 tips can also help ease the pain of persistent head aches.

What causes headaches during pregnancy?

Along with changing hormone levels their can be a number of other causes of headaches during pregnancy including:

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5 ways to ease pregnancy headaches

Sleep / Rest more

I know it can be tempting to try and get everything done before baby arrives, but you really do need to rest a lot more when you’re pregnant. Your body is doing so much. It’s literally making an entire human from scratch. If that doesn’t deserve a nap, I don’t know what does!

Yoga / Move more

Yoga, walking, swimming and other forms of gentle exercise can help to shift tension in the body that might be the cause of your head aches. In particular, tension in the neck and shoulders often aggravates head aches. This yoga class has been designed specifically for pregnancy headaches – give it a try. If you’ve never done pregnancy yoga before you might like to start by downloading my free pregnancy yoga guide.

Pregnancy massage

Massage during pregnancy not only feels amazing for your aching, growing body – it can also help to relieve your head aches as well. Just make sure that you choose a therapist who specialises in the pregnant body and make sure that you drink lots of water before and after your massage.

Visit a Chiropractor or Osteopath

Your pregnancy headaches might be caused by your posture which changes as your belly grows. A Chiropractor of Osteopath can help to realign your body and relieve the pain.

Have a glass of water

It’s easy to underestimate how much water you need to drink when you’re pregnant. (Especially when frequent trips to the bathroom might make drinking water less appealing). But you really are drinking water for two! Your blood volume increases significantly when you’re pregnant and drinking water helps to also form amniotic fluid, help digestion, flush toxins and carry nutrients. Your headaches might be a sign from your body that you’re not drinking enough.

Are you getting headaches during pregnancy? What have you found helps to ease them?

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