In the second trimester, a woman may experience headaches less likely due to hormonal changes, as the body usually gets adjusted to these changes by this stage of pregnancy.

But , some women continue to experience tension headaches from hormonal changes throughout their pregnancy.

In the later stages of pregnancy, symptoms such as headaches are more likely due to:

  • excess weight gain
  • high blood pressure
  • muscle strain
  • poor posture
  • insufficient sleep
  • poor diet


In most cases, home remedies can help soothe a headache during pregnancy. Some home remedies that may be effective are:

  • applying a cold or warm compress to the area for 10 minutes 
  • taking a warm bath to release muscle tension
  • stretching
  • doing mild exercises, such as yoga, swimming, or a long walk
  • sitting or standing with better posture
  • taking frequent breaks away from screens
  • drinking plenty of water throughout the day
  • getting plenty of rest
  • getting a gentle head massage
  • resting in a dark area

Pregnant women should aim to manage any unpleasant symptoms with home remedies and talk to their doctor about medical options, if the symptoms continue.


During pregnancy, it is essential to avoid over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

Always consult your doctor before taking any medication.

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