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Is there anything I can take for a headache while I am pregnant?

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Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology
24 doctors agree

In brief: See doctor first.

Most headaches are not serious.
However, headaches in pregnancy should get evaluated by your doctor because headaches could be the result of elevated blood pressure or other causes. Once the rare but important conditions have been assessed you doctor might allow you to use tylenol (acetaminophen). Your doctor will not allow Aspirin or Ibuprofen or other nsaids because they can hurt the baby.

In brief: See doctor first.

Most headaches are not serious.
However, headaches in pregnancy should get evaluated by your doctor because headaches could be the result of elevated blood pressure or other causes. Once the rare but important conditions have been assessed you doctor might allow you to use tylenol (acetaminophen). Your doctor will not allow Aspirin or Ibuprofen or other nsaids because they can hurt the baby.
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great answer and collaboration. Wishing you'all the very best.
Dr. Amy Herold
Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Try hydration and resting in a cool dark room with an ice pack.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is also safe during pregnancy. For a throbbing headache you can try a small amount of caffeine, but be careful not to overdo it. For anything more serious, prescription-strength medication may be necessary.

In brief: Yes

Try hydration and resting in a cool dark room with an ice pack.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is also safe during pregnancy. For a throbbing headache you can try a small amount of caffeine, but be careful not to overdo it. For anything more serious, prescription-strength medication may be necessary.
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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
Excellent answer. It is always a wise choice to start with non-prescription remedies for minor conditions.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and see your doc

As noted already, tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe during pregnancy, and managing to avoid dehydration is also helpful.
All of that said, make sure to mention the problem at your next OB visit. They should be aware of the condition. Tell them how often you do end up taking medication for a headache and if it's working. Frequent headaches are a problem. Your doctor might want you seen by a neurologist.

In brief: Yes and see your doc

As noted already, tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe during pregnancy, and managing to avoid dehydration is also helpful.
All of that said, make sure to mention the problem at your next OB visit. They should be aware of the condition. Tell them how often you do end up taking medication for a headache and if it's working. Frequent headaches are a problem. Your doctor might want you seen by a neurologist.
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Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Causes of Headaches

Most headaches are not serious.
However, headaches in pregnancy should get evaluated by your doctor because headaches could be the result of elevated blood pressure or other causes. The photo has a list of common and serious conditions. You doctor might allow you to use tylenol (acetaminophen) after evaluating you. Your doctor will not allow Aspirin or Ibuprofen or other nsaids because they can hurt the baby.

In brief: Causes of Headaches

Most headaches are not serious.
However, headaches in pregnancy should get evaluated by your doctor because headaches could be the result of elevated blood pressure or other causes. The photo has a list of common and serious conditions. You doctor might allow you to use tylenol (acetaminophen) after evaluating you. Your doctor will not allow Aspirin or Ibuprofen or other nsaids because they can hurt the baby.
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Dr. Chukwuma Onyeije
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

The best things to "take" are time, fluid and rest.
Most headaches will go away without medication. Fatigue & dehydration cause many headaches. Other headaches are caused by things that can be easily identified and avoided (smoke, odors, etc). Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe, but if your headache does not go away with the above measures it is better to see a doctor and find a cause rather than to mask it.

In brief: Yes.

The best things to "take" are time, fluid and rest.
Most headaches will go away without medication. Fatigue & dehydration cause many headaches. Other headaches are caused by things that can be easily identified and avoided (smoke, odors, etc). Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe, but if your headache does not go away with the above measures it is better to see a doctor and find a cause rather than to mask it.
Dr. Chukwuma Onyeije
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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: See your doc

If you have elevated blood pressures during this pregnancy and a headache that does not resolve with medications, you may be at risk for a serious condition called preeclampsia and you may need to see your doctor for further evaluation and assessment;.

In brief: See your doc

If you have elevated blood pressures during this pregnancy and a headache that does not resolve with medications, you may be at risk for a serious condition called preeclampsia and you may need to see your doctor for further evaluation and assessment;.
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe to take throughout your entire pregnancy.
Avoid Ibuprofen and Aspirin during pregnancy. Remember to also use other things like rest, cool packs on your forehead and relaxation techniques.

In brief: Yes

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe to take throughout your entire pregnancy.
Avoid Ibuprofen and Aspirin during pregnancy. Remember to also use other things like rest, cool packs on your forehead and relaxation techniques.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed and caffeine in moderation.

In brief: Yes

Tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed and caffeine in moderation.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine

In brief: Yes

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe in pregnancy unless you have any underlying liver problems.
If you have chronic headaches and migraines you can see a specialist who can individualize your treatment!

In brief: Yes

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe in pregnancy unless you have any underlying liver problems.
If you have chronic headaches and migraines you can see a specialist who can individualize your treatment!
Dr. Michael Traub
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