Headaches are common during pregnancy. Many women ask us : “What can I take for painful headaches while pregnant?” Usually headaches do not signal a serious problem. How often they occur and how bad they are may vary. It is important to discuss with your health care team which medications you can use for the headache. You should contact your doctor if your headache does not go away, returns very often, is very severe, causes blurry vision or spots in front of your eyes, or is accompanied by nausea. You may use Tylenol (acetaminophen) two regular tablets or one extra-strength tablet for headaches.
Generally speaking, taking any medications should be discussed with your doctor. There are however exceptions. If you are already on medications that you take on a daily basis then continue taking them until you speak to your doctor. Discuss which medications you need to continue taking and which you can stop taking. This is for your safety as well as the safety of your developing baby. Painful headaches and migraines are tough especially on pregnant women however your doctor may make some recommendations to help you alleviate them
This is true even if they are herbal or alternative medicines. Also this applies even to over the counter medications and any vitamin supplements. As innocent as they may sound, many have not been proven 100% safe by the FDA. Rule of thumb is not to take any medicine unless absolutely necessary and if it is cleared with your doctor first.
Part of the reason why the FDA has not given clearance yet is because they do not study medications on pregnant women. It is hard to gauge what medicines/supplements may harm the baby.