Free pregnant women are more likely to have headaches and have more frequent episodes of dizziness than non-pregomised pregnant women who also have headaches, according to a new study.
The results suggest that women who do not feel well before their first pregnancy are at risk of pregnancy-related headaches, said the study’s lead author, Dr. Susanne F. Loeser of Washington University in St. Louis.
The study, published online this week in the Journal of Neurology and Psychiatry, is one of the first to examine the link between pregnancy and headaches.
Dr. Lueser, who is a professor of neurology at Washington University, said that if a woman feels a headache or dizziness while pregnant, she should seek medical attention and seek prenatal care.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women wait 24 hours before seeking prenatal care, and women who are experiencing symptoms during or after their first prenatal visit should seek further care.
For women who have headaches or dizzy spells while pregnant or while in the first trimester, the headaches can be mild or moderate and can last for hours.
The women who experience more severe headaches or migraines should seek emergency care, said Dr. Karen W. Buss, a pediatrician at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
The researchers also found that those who reported having headaches after their second pregnancy were at a higher risk of having headaches during and after the third pregnancy, a finding that was consistent across studies of pregnant women and babies.
But the study also found no relationship between the amount of time women had been pregnant or headaches, or between the duration of pregnancy or headaches and a child’s health or cognitive development.
Loeser and Buss are now conducting more research on the possible causes of headaches.
A number of studies have shown that pregnant women may have more headaches after childbirth than before.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to an increased risk of headaches and migraine, as well as other conditions that can interfere with a baby’s development, such as poor maternal nutrition and low blood sugar.
The National Institutes of Health has recommended that women should not drink alcohol during their pregnancy or after birth.
The CDC has issued a guidance on pregnant women’s health, warning women to limit alcohol intake, limit caffeine intake and limit the number of drinks per day.
In general, pregnant women should avoid caffeinated beverages, including cola, soda, coffee and energy drinks, the CDC said.
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