Former White House Doctor and EmpowHER's Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Connie Mariano returns to share some tips about what you should know if you experience headaches and back pain while pregnant. Check out the video below for more!
Headaches and an aching back? Unfortunately, these are very common symptoms of pregnancy.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano, Chief Clinical Officer with EmpowHER, with what you need to know about pregnancy.
According to a new Swedish study, back pain and migraines remain the top two symptoms of pregnancy. In fact, according to this study, 61 to 88% of pregnant women experience some form of back pain, from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.
Risk factors for back pain include previous pregnancies, hormonal contraceptives before first pregnancy, and emotional distress.
The good news-for most women, the back pain will go away, usually by six months after pregnancy.
Headaches are another story. The study revealed that up to 80% of reproductive aged women experience headaches or migraines, whether they are pregnant or not. For many pregnant women, headaches can decrease during pregnancy but return after delivery.
According to the Swedish study, only 4 to 8 percent of women who experience migraines have worse symptoms during pregnancy.
Relief can be found for both back pain and headaches, but for those of you who are pregnant remember, not all medications are safe for you and your baby.
Make sure to talk with your doctor before taking any medication.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano with what you need to know about pregnancy.