Explore The Benefits of Aromatherapy With Peppermint Or Lavender Oil
Multiple studies have linked the use of aromatherapy to reduced stress and pain levels. Dating back to 1937, the practice of aromatherapy is used worldwide and uses the senses of smell and skin absorption to treat conditions like insomnia, headaches, depression, and fatigue – all common side effects experienced by women during pregnancy.
Essential oils like peppermint oil can be used to help you relax and relieve any tension, which may be the culprit causing your headaches.
Similarly, lavender oil is often used for stress relief. In 2003, a study showed that participants experienced significant pain relief after inhaling lavender oil. However, when using aromatherapy extracts for a pounding headache, remember to dilute these essential oils with carrier oils like coconut or jojoba oil. Aromatherapy also offers you more choice than applying essential oils topically. In addition to using a diffuser, you can also opt for natural, organic bath soaps or lotions, which contain these essential oils.
Adapt Your Diet To Stabilise Your Blood Glucose Levels
Another reason you may be experiencing headaches during your pregnancy may be due to low blood sugar levels. While many women experience heightened glucose levels during pregnancy, a sudden drop in your blood sugar levels can cause you to experience an onset of headache. Women with diabetes are also 45 percent more likely to experience episodes of hypoglycemia, which includes nausea and headache.
To avoid low blood sugar, ensure you monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. Keeping quick sugar foods on hand can also help you respond quickly if you notice any signs of low blood sugar.
You should also aim to include a moderate amount of lean protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates in your daily diet. Alternatively, you can include natural supplements in your diet that replicate the effects of medication. For instance, ginger and turmeric capsules are known anti-inflammatories, similar to the effect of ibuprofen.
If you still find you are experiencing unmanageable headaches, it may be time to have a conversation with your doctor. Many of them will be able to recommend other safe remedies for your headache and provide you with some relief during your pregnancy.
Kylee Harris is an educator who has taught in elementary schools in Singapore and Hong Kong for 5 years. She lives in Florida and continues to teach life skills to young adults in her community.