Headaches are common in early pregnancy, and are thought to be due to pregnancy hormones.
You may also get tension headaches, due to the involuntary tightening of muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back that happens when you get stressed.
Headaches in the later stages of pregnancy can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, so make sure you get your blood pressure checked regularly and tell your midwife if you are feeling headachey.
Can I take painkillers?
Paracetamol is generally regarded as safe for short-term use during each trimester.
Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen. In some cases, however, your GP may advise a low dose of aspirin for certain conditions. As with all medicines in pregnancy, seek your GP's or midwife's advice before taking.
Natural ways to treat headaches
FIRST TRIMESTER: Take small handfuls of hair, near the root, and tug each handful six times, working around your head from the back of your neck up and out. This releases tension from the muscles underneath your scalp.
SECOND TRIMESTER ONWARDS: Add a few drops of lavender oil to a cold compress, such as a cold, wet flannel, and hold to your temples or forehead. Remember to drink plenty of fluids to ensure you stay well hydrated, too.