If you are past 20 weeks and have a bad headache that lasts for more than two or three hours (particularly if not relieved by paracetamol), it could be an indication of high blood pressure, which is a symptom of pre-eclampsia. If your headache is accompanied by vision problems and bad swelling on your hands, feet, face or stomach, call your midwife/hospital/doctor immediately.
If your headache is accompanied by pain while urinating or blood in the urine, you may have a urinary tract infection and need to be treated.
- British Medical Association and London Royal Pharmaceutical Society, British National Formulary 62, London BMA and RPS, 2011
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Hypertension in pregnancy, clinical gudeline 107, London NICE, 2011
- Patel NB et al, Urinary tract infections in women, London BMJ Best Practice, 2013. Also available from: http://bestpractice.bmj.com/best-practice/monograph/77.html (accessed 29 April 2014)
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ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.