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Updated May 16, 2014

The woman who suffers from a headache in a bed
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Resulting from hormonal changes or stress, headaches can be familiar during pregnancy.


  • Drink water, as dehydration can cause headaches.
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Exercise regularly
  • Excessive caffeine can cause headaches, as can caffeine withdrawal. If you have been totally avoiding caffeine, a cola or cup of caffeinated tea may help
  • Try relaxation exercises
  • Soak a washcloth in cold water containing a few drops of essential oil of lavender. Apply to forehead and rest in darkened room
  • Massaging the neck and spine may help

Since headaches that come on suddenly or don't go away can be a warning sign in pregnancy, be sure to talk to your doctor or midwife about them.
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