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Natural Remedies for Headaches in Pregnancy


Updated April 29, 2009

Many women are hesitant to take medications during pregnancy, so finding natural remedies for headaches in pregnancy can be a lifesaver. Here are a few ideas from the American Pregnancy Association:
  • For a sinus headache, apply a warm compress around your eyes and nose.
  • For a tension headache, use a cold compress or ice pack at the base of your neck.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals to maintain your blood sugar. This may even help prevent headaches.
  • Get a massage, especially around your shoulders and neck.
  • Rest in a dark room.
  • Practice deep breathing.
  • Take a warm shower or bath.
File these tips away for after you deliver as well since all of these techniques can help whether you are pregnant or not.

Be sure to discuss your headaches with your obstetrician. Let him know if you plan to take a new medication or if these natural remedies do not relieve your headache. If your headaches get worse or more persistent, or if they are different than headaches you typically experience, share this with your physician. Your obstetrician will also want to know if you have other symptoms with your headaches, such as blurry vision, sudden weight gain, pain in your right abdomen, or swelling in your hands and face.


Cunningham, F. Gary, et al. “Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders.” Williams Obstetrics Twenty-Second Ed. Mc-Graw Hill. pp. 1405-1407.

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