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How can I handle headaches during pregnancy?

Obstetrics & Gynecology, WebMD Medical Expert
Medical Reviewer, WebMD

Headaches in pregnancy can be caused by tension, congestion, caffeine withdrawal, lack of sleep, dehydration, low blood sugar, or in some cases, preeclampsia. They can occur anytime during pregnancy.


  • Apply an ice pack to your forehead or the back of your neck.
  • Rest, sit, or lie quietly in a low-lit room. Close your eyes and try to release the tension in your back, neck, and shoulders.
  • Try Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally. Stay away from ibuprofen and other aspirin-like anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), since these reduce amniotic fluid and can also thin your blood, which could make it harder to stop bleeding during delivery . Ask your health care provider before taking any other medications for your headaches.
  • Contact your health care provider if you have nausea with your headaches, if your headache is severe and does not go away, or if you have blurry vision, double vision, or blind spots.