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Very bad headaches. Who, if anyone, do I call?

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BlingLoving Tue 16-Nov-10 07:53:04

I have been getting regular headaches for a while. I am 12 weeks pregnant. They are getting worse and I think last night I had a migraine - bad pain, sensitive to light and noise etc. Should I see my doctor or is this just one if those things?

OnlyWantsOne Tue 16-Nov-10 07:54:29

contact your doctor - today.

midori1999 Tue 16-Nov-10 09:44:36

I get severe headaches/migraines in early pregancy. For me it is just one of those things. I know it can be signs of serious problems (such as pre-eclampsia) in later pregnancy, but not sure about earlier on. It's probably best to see your GP to make sure everything's OK.

ReshapeWhileDamp Tue 16-Nov-10 11:13:26

Very unlikely to be PE this early on, but could be a reaction to hormones. Still, I'd ask to see GP asap - say you're pregnant, it usually puts a rush on!

ng1412 Tue 16-Nov-10 11:31:08

As everyone else says, probably wise to see your GP. I have been having them too, on average once a week and they last for 2/3 days, I have to go to bed and not get up until they pass. The joys of pregnancy! Hope you feel better soon.

sleepwhenidie Tue 16-Nov-10 11:56:43

I had these kinds of headaches too, through 2nd trimester of all 3 pgs. They are absolutely horrible but quite common I think. Speak to GP or midwife but it is unlikely they will tell you to do anything other than take paracetemol. As someone said, it is a reaction to the hormones in your body and you just have to get through them.

I found mine tended to come on after a long drive or spell of concentrating so tried to avoid that. Also I found 4Head helped when the headache was not as bad/wearing off a bit so used that to minimise paracetemol intake.

GrumpyFish Tue 16-Nov-10 14:25:16

Definitely see your GP, but ruling out anything serious, I also suffer from pregnancy headaches, went to accupuncturist last Tuesday and she put some needles in my forehead and other places to treat them: headache went immediately (had had it for about 2 weeks) and haven't had one since. Definitely worth a shot.

123nellyc Tue 16-Nov-10 14:56:45

I had really bad headaches from about 12-15 weeks. They slowly disappeared by about week 16. My midwife said it was due to hormonal changes and advised me to drink lots and lots of water - 3 litres a day. It did help along with early nights. Hope you feel better soon!

BlingLoving Tue 16-Nov-10 16:15:29

Thanks everyone. Dr says they sound like tension headaches and while frustrating, are not dangerous. I think I will book a pregnancy massage and try relax. He says it's particularly common in early pregnancy, especially in situations like mine with assisted conception.

Apparently I can be very tense without actually realising it. Aah, the joys of being pregnant.

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