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I am almost 32 weeks pregnant and have been getting constant headaches for the past 1-2 weeks. My blood pressure and urine have been normal. Please advise what I can do? And what could be causing this?

Headaches can be common in pregnancy.

The common headaches in pregnancy are due to sinuses, which get swollen due to high progesterone. Sinus headaches are on the frontal side. If your headache pain is up on the head, it is usually a migraine.

Make sure you stay hydrated with water, cut down on sodium and get adequate sleep.

Also, speak with your OB/GYN about your headaches symptoms. Your physician will check your blood pressure and ensure it is not high and check your urine to ensure there is no proteinuria to rule out pre-eclampsia, which is a serious condition. I hope you feel better soon!

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

September 4, 2012 at 3:30pm