In this episode we’re talking about headaches in pregnancy. Headaches are common in general and also in pregnancy so I thought I’d tackle this topic. We will be focusing on primary headache syndromes today. A “primary headache” is when the headache itself is the disorder, whereas a “secondary headache” refers to one that is a symptom of an underlying issue. I do go into when it’s time to take a headache seriously and talk to your doctor.
Primary headaches can be pre-existing (i.e., they began before pregnancy) or can occur for the first time during pregnancy, postpartum, or breastfeeding. Depending on what kind of headaches you suffer from, pregnancy may make the condition more or less severe. Both headache treatments and the headaches themselves can have an effect on your pregnancy so it’s important to learn about your options and make informed decisions.
In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:
- How common are headaches
- What are the different types of primary headaches
- What are the characteristics of the most common primary headaches
- How headaches can affect pregnancy outcomes
- What are some medication and non-medication treatments
- What are some preventative measures you can take
- What medications are safe to use while breastfeeding
- How to tell when a headache might be a sign of a more serious problem
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