13 Natural Remedies to Soothe Headache Pain During Pregnancy

Headaches during pregnancy are quite common. For some reasons pregnant women seem to suffer most from headaches during the 1st and 3rd trimesters. Headaches can be caused by the surge of pregnancy hormones, increase in blood volume, low blood sugar, stress, tension, lack of sleep, constipation, dehydration, not enough protein intake, food allergy-sensitivity or dietary insufficiency (especially in calcium, iron, magnesium). They can also be caused by body, ligament and posture changes that naturally occur throughout pregnancy.

Since not all medicines are safe to be taken when you’re expecting -- aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) are not recommended during pregnancy -- check out these natural headache solutions to find relieve without taking any medicines.

  1. Drink up. Staying hydrated is extremely important, especially when you are pregnant or nursing. Make sure to drink 8-12 eight-ounce glasses water a day.
  2. Get a neck, shoulder and foot massage.
  3. Eat regularly to maintain your blood sugar levels. Have mini-meals throughout the day. Make sure you are getting some protein at every meal. Keep some snacks, such as dried apricots or almonds, handy for when you're at work or on the move. 
  4. If you have a tension headache, apply a cold compress or ice pack at the base of your neck.
  5. Sleep deprivation might contribute to headaches during pregnancy. Get plenty of sleep; take naps if you need to. Go to bed earlier. 
  6. Try a cup of relaxing tea: 1 teaspoon of chamomile (only one cup of chamomile a day during the 1st trimester), 1 teaspoon of lemon balm, ½ teaspoon of lavender, and ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds
  7. Steep all ingredients in a cup of hot water (covered) and drink hot. You can add milk and honey for flavor.
  8. Soak your feet in hot water.
  9. Drink a warm glass of milk with cinnamon and honey.
  10. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Try a daily walk or other moderate aerobic exercise.
  11. Manage stress. Find healthy ways to cope with the stressors, such as delegating tasks on your to-do list.
  12. Practice relaxation techniques. Try deep breathing, yoga, massage and visualization.
  13. Eat some protein or foods rich in iron.
  14. Have warm bath with 1-2 cups of Epsom salts (no warmer than 100 degrees). Soak for a good 15 minutes and relax. Listen to some relaxing music too.

Although headaches during pregnancy are common, if you develop a severe headache or a headache that doesn't go away, call your health care provider right away.

Make sure that you have the green light from your health care provider before taking any medication, including herbal treatments.

Pregnancy is a time when you need lots of support, love, comfort, affection, healthy-nourishing foods, rest, and a stress-free environment. Love and take a good care of yourself and your growing baby.

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