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Q&A: Why Do I Get Headaches During Pregnancy?

Since getting pregnant, I've been getting so many headaches. What's going on?
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Certified Nurse-Midwife
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March 2, 2017
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There are several potential causes for increased headaches in pregnancy. Fluctuating hormones, drops in blood sugar, dehydration, stress/worry, and lack of sleep are all causes. You can even experience headaches from caffeine withdrawal if you were a big coffee or soda drinker before the pregnancy and stopped with the pregnancy. Women who suffer from migraines sometimes sometimes experience more with pregnancy, sometimes less.

Some headaches are caused by normal vision changes. A visit your optometrist for a new prescription maybe be all it takes to get relief. Make sure to keep your old prescription because your eyes usually change back after the pregnancy.

It is important to let your provider know if you’re experiencing headaches, as they can also be a sign of a more serious medical conditions.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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