Chrissy Teigen asks for advice on pregnancy headaches—and internet moms deliver

“Someone… please help. Don’t say water. Or Tylenol. Or iron. Or magnesium. I need witchcraft.”

Chrissy Teigen asks for advice on pregnancy headaches—and internet moms deliver

Chrissy Teigen is expecting her second baby and loving every minute of it—except for those pesky pregnancy headaches that are common during the first and third trimesters. Desperate for some relief, she turned to Twitter for suggestions from her followers.


“I love being pregnant. I like it more than not being pregnant,” Teigen shared on Monday night. “But the headaches, my god the headaches. Someone… please help. Don’t say water. Or Tylenol. Or iron. Or magnesium. I need witchcraft.”

I’m right there with Teigen: Pregnancy is generally very kind to me. But, boy oh boy, those unrelenting pregnancy headaches are rough.

According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), that’s a common downside for expectant mothers. During the first trimester, hormones and surging levels of blood volume are to blame for the pains. For most women, the aches will then subside for a few weeks and just when you think you’re in the clear, the third trimester rolls around and—BAM—poor posture and tension invite headaches back.

The types of headaches common during pregnancy fall into a few different categories: sinus, tension or migraines.

Suggestions from the APA for pregnancy headache relief depend on which type is to blame:

For tension headaches

Practice good posture, apply hot or cold packs to the back of the neck, exercise, eat balanced meals and use it as an excuse to book a massage

For sinus headaches

Apply warm compresses around the eyes and nose, take a warm shower and sleep in more of an upright position

For migraines

Avoid triggers such as alcohol, certain types of food, bright lights and noise

It may also help to talk to your health care provider about what medications are safe to take during pregnancy. Or follow Teigen’s lead and poll Twitter—people there certainly didn’t disappoint with their own recommendations, which included everything from using essential oils and drinking a cup of coffee to waiting it out until Mercury is out of retrograde.

Hopefully Teigen finds relief soon—with or without the help of “witchcraft.”

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