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Headaches During Pregnancy


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 2 - p 317–329
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31828f25e6
Neurologic Diseases in Pregnancy: An Overview

Headache is a common symptom in pregnant women. Although most headaches seen in women are primary headache disorders (migraine, tension-type headache), complications or conditions associated with pregnancy can present with a secondary headache. Headaches are common symptoms in idiopathic intracranial hypertension, eclampsia, and reversible cerebral vascular syndrome. Migraines may begin or worsen during pregnancy, but pregnancy tends to reduce migraine frequency and severity. Although it is desirable to avoid medications for headaches during pregnancy, treatment should be considered when headaches are severe and cause significant disability. Being aware of possible treatments for migraine and headaches during pregnancy is essential.

Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesia and Pain Management, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

The author declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Supported in part by an Unrestricted Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness Inc., New York, NY, to the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Utah.

Correspondence: Kathleen B. Digre, MD, Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology, University of Utah, 65 Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84132. E-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.