Natural Remedies for Headaches in Pregnancy

Tips on Both Treating and Preventing Headaches During Gestation

How To Relieve Your Headache Naturally
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Many women are hesitant to take medications during pregnancy — especially during the first trimester when their baby's organs are developing. So finding natural remedies for headaches in pregnancy can be a lifesaver.

Let's explore some natural remedies for both treating and preventing headaches during pregnancy.

Natural Remedies to Treat Headaches in Pregnancy

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.
  • Use good posture, especially in the third trimester

Natural Remedies to Prevent Headaches in Pregnancy

Preventing a headache from occurring in the first place is the most ideal solution. Here are simple, lifestyle habits that a woman who is pregnant can adopt to help stop the head pain before it starts.

This is especially true for women who suffer from migraines — although, good news is that many migraineurs experience relief of their migraines in the second and third trimester.

  • eating nutritious meals at regular intervals throughout the day
  • walking at least 30 minutes a day
  • sleep hygiene — not over or under sleeping
  • stress management techniques like yoga, biofeedback, or relaxation training
  • consider coenzyme Q10 or magnesium supplements for migraine prevention: Always speak to your doctor before taking any supplement or medication.

Other strategies include:

  • reducing work
  • drinking lots of fluids
  • acupuncture
  • physical therapy

What Should I Do?

Be sure to discuss your headaches with your doctor. 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 right away.


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Anerican Pregnancy Association. (2015). Pregnancy and Headaches. Retrieved October 16th 2015.

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

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DISCLAIMER: The information in this site is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for personal care by a licensed physician. Please see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of any concerning symptoms or medical condition.

Edited by Colleen Doherty, MD

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