Headaches are one of the most common pain-related health problems in
women. You may have a headache along with another minor health problem, such as
a sore throat, cold, or sinus problem. If your headache is mild and a type you
have experienced in the past, there is little reason to be concerned. But
a new or different headache, particularly later in pregnancy, may mean a
problem such as
Pre-eclampsia (formerly called toxemia of pregnancy) is a
pregnancy-related condition that causes high blood pressure and affects the
mother's kidneys, liver, brain, and placenta. Its cause is unknown.
Pre-eclampsia most commonly occurs during first pregnancies.
Symptoms of pre-eclampsia include:
such as blurred or double vision.
Pain in the upper right
Swelling of the hands and face that does not go away
during the day. Some swelling normally occurs during pregnancy, but it may
indicate a problem if other signs of pre-eclampsia also are present.
Call your doctor if you develop a new or different
headache while you are pregnant.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine