- Lack of sleep
- Low blood sugar
- Caffeine withdrawal
Headaches during the third trimester tend to be related more to posture and tension from carrying extra weight. Headaches during the third trimester may also be caused by a condition called preeclampsia that is high blood pressure during pregnancy.
- Keep good posture
- Get plenty of rest and relaxation
- Eat well-balanced meals
If you are not able to put off a headache from starting, there are still things that you can do to facilitate them leave. During the pregnancy, you wish to attempt and alleviate your headache by natural means if possible. Pain relief medications are not recommended during the pregnancy, however acetaminophen is considered safe when only taken infrequently.
Before you take medication, attempt and ease your headache with one or more of the following interventions:
- If you have a sinus headache, apply a warm compress around your eyes and nose.
- If you have a tension headache, apply an ice pack at the base of your neck.
- Keep up your blood sugar by eating smaller more frequent meals. This may also help put off future headaches.
- Get a massage that can be helpful whether it is from your spouse, a friend or a professional. Massaging your shoulders and neck is an effectual way to relieve the pain.
- Rest in a dark room that may be more helpful if you make use of relaxation techniques such as deep breathing.
- Take 1 to 4 (450 mg) tablets of calcium, one to four times a day relying on the pain.
- Make use of natural herbs such as hops, skullcap and catnip in tea or get them as capsules for possible relief.
In addition, you may decrease the likelihood of migraine headaches by avoiding common triggers of migraine headaches. Potential triggers take in:
- Aged cheese
- Citrus fruits
- Breads with fresh yeast
- Preserved meats
- Sour cream
Unluckily, headaches are a usual part of pregnancy; however you should be able to bear some relief. So contact your physician if:
- You do not experience any relief from the interventions above
- Your headaches worsen or more persistent
- You experience headaches that are different than normal
- Your headaches are accompanied by: blurry vision, sudden weight gain, pain in the upper right abdomen, and swelling in the hands and face.