For the past week or so I've been having some bad tension headaches. They're usually happening in the morning, right when I wake up, which makes me a bit nervous because if you look up "wake up with headache", lots of scary stuff comes up!
Did anyone else experience this? Did they eventually ease up? I'm 11.5 weeks so just at the end of the first tri... other symptoms seem to be disappearing, but now these headaches are popping up!
pomelo / 5791 posts
I had a lot of headaches (including in the morning) with my first pregnancy. I think it's fairly normal/typical. Maybe because of the increased bloodflow?
nectarine / 2667 posts
I had the same - migraines at the beginning of the 2nd trimester. I drastically upped my water intake & took a full dose of Tylenol at the first sign. Mostly that helped. They went away after a few weeks.
nectarine / 2243 posts
Have you changed your sleeping position at all? maybe you were a back or stomach sleeper and now you're a side sleeper? If so maybe adjust your pillows
grapefruit / 4988 posts
I've been getting them on and off when I wake up. Every time I get one, I realize it's because I am not drinking enough (I sort of hate the taste of water right now). Are you staying hydrated?
cherry / 155 posts
Yes, hideous headaches from 12 weeks on!! HYDRATE! Also ice packs have helped me.
pomelo / 5220 posts
I had terrible headaches end of 1st trimester, beginning of 2nd. I figured it was hormonal. They did go away pretty quickly!
blogger / apricot / 389 posts
@Goldengirl: Ugh yes! They were actually HORRIBLE around 11 weeks for me!
I'm 14 weeks now, and have headaches for the past three days.
I'm trying to avoid taking something and upping my water... but it's not helping.
honeydew / 7463 posts
My pregnancy headaches were awful! I got them all the time in the first tri and definitely throughout. But first tri was the worst. I had to leave work several times and it was hard because none of them knew yet that I was pregnant. So it was hard to explain why I couldn't just take an Advil. I mean I'm pretty sure they were migraines because I couldn't concentrate and my vision got blurry. But it was still weird to them that they just started happening out of nowhere.
It does get better! I've heard drinking a coke helps or a small cup of coffee. I either never tried that or don't remember!
ETA: eventually I couldn't handle them anymore and my doc told me it was fine to take Tylenol. So I did. And it was amazing.
I even think I have more headaches now since having him (20 months ago). But maybe that's because I don't eat or drink anything
kiwi / 566 posts
Thanks everyone! I've been drinking lots. The pain also goes into the neck and shoulders so I guess it's a tension thing. Hopefully doesn't last forever!
cantaloupe / 6131 posts
My doctor told me to eat something with fat, sugar, and carbs in it, so I started drinking fruit smoothies with coconut oil and full fat yogurt and it helped a lot.
cherry / 229 posts
If it's a tension headache that happens when you wake up, there's a good chance it comes from clenching your jaw, or grinding your teeth, when sleeping. This could result from a different sleeping position, or just stress. Maybe try a mouth guard, and also gently massaging knots out of your shoulders/back with a tennis ball before going to bed? If you're tense to start with you are more likely to clench your jaw while asleep...
cherry / 155 posts
I also had terrible headaches end of 1st trimester, beginning of 2nd. Tylenol barely helped! Then (knock on wood) they went away at around 18 weeks. I figured it was a blood flow issue. I also tried to keep incredibly hydrated!
persimmon / 1270 posts
THE WORST..... They are a big part of pregnancy for me. This weekend was killer. I try to make sure I am very well hydrated.