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Obstetrics and Gynecology International
Volume 2012, Article ID 697697, 11 pages
Review Article

Headache in Pregnancy: A Nuisance or a New Sense?

1West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF, UK
2ST6 Anaesthesia, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford QX3 9DU, UK
3Lewisham Hospital, London SE13 6LH, UK

Received 11 July 2011; Accepted 30 November 2011

Academic Editor: J. L. Simpson

Copyright © 2012 Archana Dixit et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Headache is a very commonly encountered symptom in pregnancy and is usually due to primary headache disorders which are benign in nature. It can however be quite debilitating for some women who may need therapeutic treatment of which there are several options safe to use in pregnancy. It is equally important though to recognise that headache may be a sign of serious underlying pathology. This paper aims to provide a clinically useful guidance for differentiation between primary and secondary headaches in pregnancy. The primary headache disorders and their management in pregnancy are explored in depth with brief overviews of the causes for secondary headaches and their further investigation and management.