Terrible Headaches

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
Hello, I am 25 weeks pregnant and have terrible headaches usually daily. I had them in my first trimester, but they have gotten much worse. Usually they are there when I wake up in the morning and last all day, but sometimes they don't start until around noon.

I have been on bed rest for the past 6 weeks and will have to be on it until the baby arrives.

I drink plenty of water 8-10 glasses a day. I have always drank a minimum of 8 glasses a day. Could I be needing more than that because I am accustomed to drinking that much?

I eat healthy and every 2 hours minimum. I am not able to exercise much being on bed rest, but I do a few arm exercises and ankle rolls. I also work on my laptop pretty much all day and often wonder if this could be the cause?

I am normal weight with normal blood pressure. I have asked my doctor, but she just says take Tylenol, but the few times I have it does not help any way and I would prefer not to take medication.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Melissa

ANSWER

There are many problems that can cause headaches during pregnancy. They could be due to hormonal issues, stress, dehydration, etc... They could be more then headaches and be of a migraine nature, which would explain why Tylenol wouldn't help. Only your doctor can pinpoint the reasons for your headaches.

You might need more water though it sounds like you are getting what you need. Your needs are a bit higher during pregnancy though. It could be from sitting in bed and maybe even the way you hold your neck and shoulders while working on your laptop. With your doctor's OK you might want to try a neck massage, heat, etc... for your neck to see if that helps. Sounds like you are eating healthy and eating on a regular basis so that doesn't seem to be the problem.

If they continue I would most definitely press your doctor to discuss this further so that you can find what the cause is and what the best treatment would be for you.

-- Kimberly, RD LD