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Count on the women's headache experts in Stamford Health’s Women’s Specialty Center to customize a care plan that answers your questions and meets your needs.

Chronic headaches aren’t on anyone’s wish list. Add pregnancy to the mix and it becomes even more challenging.

If you have chronic headache pain, our team will create a treatment approach that works for you, all while keeping your baby safe.

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Causes for Headaches in Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes many changes in a woman’s body. The surge in hormones and an increase in blood volume that occurs during the first trimester can contribute to headaches while pregnant. Other causes of headaches in pregnancy can include:

  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Changes in vision
  • Lack of sleep
  • Low blood sugar
  • Dehydration
  • Caffeine withdrawal


Treatment for Headaches While Pregnant

The best way to manage headaches is to address the symptoms before you become pregnant. However, if you're pregnant and dealing with headaches, our neurologists who specialize in chronic headaches and migraines will work with you and your doctor to manage your pain.

Our evaluation process involves a thorough review to determine if your pain is a symptom of a more serious condition—such as high blood pressure or diabetes—for which the Women’s Specialty Center will arrange treatment with other Stamford Health specialists. If not, our team will develop a plan that may include non-medical interventions such as improving your posture, additional rest and relaxation, exercise, and better nutrition.

Medical treatments that are safe during pregnancy include a variety of traditional and alternative techniques, such as:

  • Nerve-block injections
  • A thin tube, or catheter, inserted into the nasal passage to target the specific area of pain
  • Acupuncture, which uses hair-thin needles to stimulate pressure points
  • Biofeedback, which uses electrical sensors to monitor certain functions, such as breathing or muscle contraction, so that you can make changes to reduce pain

The Women’s Specialty Center at Stamford Health has the knowledge, experience and techniques to solve complicated headache cases.

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