Treatment for a sinus headache includes applying a warm compress around the eyes and nose. For a tension headache, use a cold pack or ice pack on the base of the neck, eat smaller and more frequent meals to maintain blood sugar, and do a massage, especially around the shoulders and neck. Rest in a dark room and add a little oil to your diet to help reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish can reduce the intensity and duration of headaches.
Alternatively, omega-3 fatty acid pills can also be taken. Other natural ways to relieve headaches during pregnancy include lying down with a cold cloth on your forehead, getting a neck, shoulder and foot massage, getting enough sleep and taking naps if needed, drinking 2 to 3 liters of filtered water a day, making sure you get some protein at every meal, using a net pot to clean your sinuses, reducing stress by practicing meditation or guided visualizations, eating protein or iron-rich foods, taking 500-800 mg. Magnesium glycinate per day and 1000-1500 mg. of calcium and magnesium, and trying out a relaxing tea recipe from Aviva Jill Romm, M.
D. Before taking any medication, make sure it is safe during pregnancy. Severe headaches that begin after the sixth month may be a sign of toxemia or pre-eclampsia. If you experience headaches that are different from normal, such as migraine, seek medical advice.
Pregnancy is a time when you need a lot of support, love, comfort, affection, nutritious and healthy food, rest and a stress-free environment. Be your own best friend and take care of yourself and your growing baby. Love yourself as if you were your own child and believe me, you and your baby will benefit. You are the nutritionist, teacher, caregiver, protector and healer of your baby.
Primary headaches in pregnant women can usually be treated at home with rest, a neck or scalp massage, hot or cold compresses, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines such as Tylenol, aspirin or ibuprofen. If you start having frequent or severe headaches, talk to your doctor to determine the cause. Consider enrolling in prenatal yoga or stress management classes if your headaches are caused by tension. Allergens trapped in the sinus area can also lead to sinus pressure and pain in susceptible women which can lead to a complete headache or even migraine.
In addition to home remedies such as rest and massage therapy for headaches during pregnancy, try taking baths with Epsom salt which is detoxifying and boosts immunity. Women tend to be more sensitive during pregnancy so things that didn't cause any problems before (such as bright lights or strong smells) can cause headaches during pregnancy. Most moms have some cases within a few weeks of dealing with headaches during pregnancy but they pass. However if you start having frequent or severe headaches talk to your doctor to determine the cause.