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Headaches are one of the most common pain-related health problems in
women. You may have a headache along with another minor health problem, such as
a sore throat, cold, or sinus problem. If your headache is mild and a type you
have experienced in the past, there is little reason to be concerned. But
a new or different headache, particularly later in pregnancy, may mean a
problem such as
Preeclampsia (formerly called toxemia of pregnancy) is a
pregnancy-related condition that causes high blood pressure and affects the
mother's kidneys, liver, brain, and placenta. Its cause is unknown.
Preeclampsia most commonly occurs during first pregnancies.
Symptoms of preeclampsia include:
Call your doctor if you develop a new or different
headache while you are pregnant.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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