13Headaches During Pregnancy

As mentioned, hormonal changes will be the underlying trigger of headaches during pregnancy. The hormone progesterone, which helps to relax your womb (uterus) and blood vessels in your body (including in your head and neck), will trigger headaches, as they will cause your blood to pound through your


Changes in your blood pressure could also trigger tension-type headaches, which are often felt like tight pressure on both sides of your head. Additionally, if you had headaches or migraines before you were pregnant, they may continue to occur in early pregnancy. Though it is not proven, most women who experience tension-type headaches will notice that once they are pregnant, the headaches become less severe and less frequent.

Excessive tiredness, hunger, dehydration, stress, or a lack of physical exercise may also affect how often and how severe you get headaches during pregnancy. Moreover, if you’re trying to reduce your caffeine intake or if you’re trying to quit smoking, you may also notice that headaches will be a part of your withdrawal symptoms.

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