Pregnancy headaches are almost inevitable especially during the first trimester. However, this does not mean that you sit around with the discomfort. You should find as much information about them as possible.
Headaches during pregnancy may be caused by the following factors:
- Wrong posture during pregnancy
- Unfitting bra sizes
- Body stress due to adjusting to changes
- Hormonal changes
- Fall in blood sugar levels
- Withdrawal symptoms cause by avoiding things like coffee and cigarettes
- Triggers such as noise, odors, and sound due to heightened senses
Since you are likely to experience pregnancy headaches during yourfirst trimester of pregnancy, you may want to take a proactive approach and try to avoid the pain. The following are some of the things you may consider to help you.
During pregnancy, the body is undergoing many changes. The first reaction of the body like anything else related to change is resistance. The body tries to fight the new changes causing tension in the muscles and consequentially causing pregnancy headaches. To deal with these changes and tensions, you may opt to go for relaxing techniques like yoga and meditation. Not all yoga positions are suitable for pregnant women, so you need to seek out yoga specialists for pregnant women. Some relaxing methods including chakra will help you avoid headaches.
Mood boosting foods
Change in moods is common during this phase. The occurrence of Estrogen and Progesterone working together to sustain the pregnancy and adjusting from low levels to high levels cause you to have varied emotions during this period. You may find yourself crying for no apparent reason, desiring specific things, and laughing too! Apart from changing your moods, the variation of hormones may cause you to experience pregnancy headaches. Improving your nutrition and eating mood boosting foods such proteins, whole meals food in saturated low saturated fats and plenty of fruit and vegetables will help you not only avoid mood swings, but also satiate your cravings and help you avoid that headache.
Keep your energy levels in check
Studies have shown that during certain times, in most cases the afternoons; pregnant women were most likely to experience headaches. Further studies showed that these women had low blood sugar levels and as a result experienced pregnancy headaches. With this in mind, while pregnant, you may want to eat small portions of food throughout the day to maintain your blood sugar levels. You may also want to take a drink that boosts your blood sugar level before that headache starts sometime in the afternoon since you will be experiencing a drop in blood sugar levels throughout the day.
The importance of exercise cannot be emphasized enough during this period. You may be too delicate at this point to perform rigorous exercises, but you can go for brisk walks, swimming, and any other exercise approved by your physician. This will go a long way in helping you avoid pregnancy headaches. Exercise helps to improve your blood circulation ensuring that sufficient amounts of oxygen reach the brain. This not only helps to prevent headaches, but it also helps to keep you energized throughout the day replacing the fatigued feeling.
Wearing free clothes
During the first trimester of pregnancy, many changes are taking place in your body, growth is probably most the most rigorous, and yet the most ignored. Tight or fitting clothes are not recommended during this stage because the body has many adjustments. Key includes the ligaments in your breast region, which with a tight bra will be constricted resulting in you having pregnancy headaches. You may want to go for free-fitting clothes until the trimester is over since the growth will have taken shape and you will be pain free.
Most pregnant women adopt the wrong posture from sitting to walking and even lying down. The discomfort experienced with the growth may be uncomfortable but the wrong postures will definitely have you experiencing pregnancy headaches. Take the initiative to find out which postures are convenient for you how you should sit, walk or even lie down.
Create a safe haven
Some pregnancy headaches are inevitable because they are a direct result of your heightened senses. The senses could cause you to be irritable, or not stand certain smells, odors or noises. In such circumstances, a safe haven will come in handy. This place will help you retreat from your irritable factors causing you to experience a sense of calm and relief. It will also boost your mood.
If you were an avid cigarette smoker or a frequent coffee drinker, you may find yourself perplexed at the thought quitting your addictions suddenly. Pregnancy headaches may build up at the thought of not being able to indulge in them or at the sight of them. It is advisable that you talk to your doctor to suggest the best alternatives and ways to gradually cope with the changes to help you avoid more pain.
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