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What could be done to resolve severe headaches that spread down the neck in a pregnant woman?


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Published At February 23, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am 27 weeks pregnant and still fall sick. A week ago, I started with severe headaches on my right side. I usually have it in the evening. The pain spreads down my neck, shoulder, and arm. It is disrupting my sleep. What could be causing this, and how do I stop it? Please help

Thank you.


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Pregnancy can sometimes cause headaches, especially during the second and third trimesters. Here are some possible causes and recommendations to help manage your symptoms:

1. Hormonal changes: Pregnancy hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, can cause headaches by relaxing the blood vessels in the head, which can lead to increased blood flow and pressure.

2. Dehydration: Pregnancy can also cause increased thirst and urination, which can lead to dehydration and headaches. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help prevent dehydration.

3. Posture: Pregnancy can also cause changes in posture, which can lead to neck and shoulder pain. Make sure to maintain good posture, such as keeping your shoulders relaxed and your back straight, to help prevent pain.

4. Stress: Pregnancy can also be a stressful time, which can lead to headaches. Try to find ways to manage stress, such as practicing relaxation techniques, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly.

5. Medications: Some medications, such as Acetaminophen, are safe to take during pregnancy to help manage headaches. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any new medications.

If your headaches are severe or persistent, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can help determine the underlying cause of your headaches and recommend appropriate treatment to help manage your symptoms. In the meantime, try to find ways to manage your symptoms at home, such as applying a cold compress to your head, practicing relaxation techniques, and getting enough rest.

I hope this information will help you. Please revert in case of further queries.

Thank you.

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Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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