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Headaches and Dizziness during pregnancy

What causes headaches in pregnancy?

Probably triggered by hormonal shifts and changes in blood circulation that cause the pressure in your blood vessels to decrease, headaches and dizziness occur most often during the first trimester. These symptoms may also be brought on by fatigue, sinus congestion, stress, hunger, and/or caffeine withdrawal. Though usually nothing to be concerned about, you should tell your healthcare provider if you're experiencing dizziness. Very early in pregnancy, dizziness is a symptom of ectopic pregnancy, especially when severe and accompanied by abdominal pain or bleeding. Painful migraine-type headaches and/or fainting should also be reported to your practitioner.

What relieves headaches in pregnancy?

Acetaminophen, taken as directed, is usually safe and effective, but always consult your healthcare provider before taking any medication. For sinus pressure, place a warm compress over your eyes and nose; for tension headaches, apply a cold compress to the base of your neck. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. To fight dizziness, keep it slow when you're getting up from bed or a chair, and maintain your blood sugar level with healthy snacks like fresh or dried fruit, yogurt, or whole-grain crackers.

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