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Can Being Pregnant Cause Headaches
Hormones.: Estrogen and Progesterone skyrocket during pregnancy and lower the migraine and headache threshold for predisposed women. Obese women can have pseudotumor cerebri and any woman may have preeclampsia. Stress can always cause tension headache. Acetaminophen (+/- codeine) is the mainstay of therapy during pregnancy. Metoclopramide 10 mg when taken with tylenol (acetaminophen) 1000 mg is very effective and safe! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
It is a possibility: About 60-70% of active migraine patients improve during pregnancy. The incidence of migraine often worsens in the first trimester but improves during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy when the level of estrogen increases. However, some women may experience their first migraine during pregnancy. Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for further investigation. ...Read more
Symptoms: some of the hormonal changes of pregnancy may cause hot flashes and cold sweats and tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe for headaches. However, what to do depends on your gestational age. Best thing is to call your OB in the morning and mention your symptoms and see what he/she suggests. ...Read more
Yes: Pseudotumor cerebri (or idiopathic intracranial hypertension) seems to be associated with high estrogen levels typically seen in obesity and polycystiic ovarian syndrome. Since pregnancy is a high-estrogen condition, it is associated with a increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/nervous_system_disorders/pseudotumor_cerebri_134, 57/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The top of my head (scalp) tends to stink when I have a headache. The smell was extremely worse when I was pregnant. What's the cause?
Not sure: Alice, c an your friends smell what you feel you are smelling? Some headaches do alter the smell sensation enhancing odors. ...Read more
19wks pregnant, used Sulfur 8 hair grease (which contains 2% sulfur) on my head last night and woke up w/a huge headache.
Could that be the cause?
The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
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