Brainstorm.

March 22, 2012

Woke up. Rolled over. Headache persists.

The lavender essential oil I rubbed all over helped a bit last night, but here’s defense #6:

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French press, 2/3 caf, 1/3 decaf 

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Headache is certainly less throbbing than it was yesterday, so perhaps this did help some. Maybe it will be totally gone in a few more minutes.

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All the energy I had for breakfast went into a 1 minute bowl of cereal:

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Fortunately, it was also delicious!

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Uncle Sam, Puffins, strawberries, banana, milk.

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Work, coffee, work!

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Unlike the past few days, I’m planting myself at home today. I’m speaking about nutrition + real food at 3 places in the next few weeks and have been working on a presentation. Plus, BERF needs some attention! I will resist the urge to nursery shop until my presentation is ready to go!

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

Those presentations sound like a lot of work – great to know they picked an RD to do them though! :) Hope your headache feels better, I’ve been battling one for 3 days myself.

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2 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

Aw, I’m sorry you still have your headache! I sure hope it goes away asap! I love your cereal this morning! Bananas and strawberries taste so good in cereal with milk :)

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3 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

i’m sorry about your headache… they really are the worst!! i hope it subsides fully today. have a great day!

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4 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

It still lookslike a tasty breakfast bowl! I hope you feel better soon. This pollen is killing my head.

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5 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

but nursery shopping is, just, so much fun! You’ll succeed with your goals, if anyone will rise above, it’s you Kath!

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6 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not March 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

My god those strawberries look good! Hope your headache goes away soon :)

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7 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 22, 2012 at 8:14 am

I had strawberries with my breakfast (overnight oats) this morning, too – such a treat first thing in the morning! Sorry to hear that you’ve still got a headache :( I really hope the coffee kicks it to the curb!

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8 Becca March 22, 2012 at 8:16 am

Ohhh coffee sounds fantastic right now! I always find coffee helps a headache. You can use nursery shopping as your motivation to finish all of your work :)

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9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

Haha I think I’m going to be unstoppable when it comes to nursery shopping when I’m a soon-to-be mom!Sorry to hear about your headache.. I hope it goes away soon!

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10 Crystal March 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

I’m pregnant with my first as well and cold compresses seem to help with the headaches…that and chugging water but it looks like you already do that. Feel better!

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11 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

I’m so sorry you still don’t feel well! Take it easy and maybe book a massage?

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12 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

Matt actually surprised me with ANOTHER prenatal massage!!! I’m saving it for the week after next when life calms down a bit though

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13 Jess March 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

I’m sorry about the headache! I totally understand; I suffer from chronic migraines. Have you tried an ice bonnet? Cold can help constrict the blood vessels to make the intensity lessen or to make it go away entirely. Feel better :-)

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14 Lacey March 22, 2012 at 8:24 am

Hopefully the coffee will help your headache! However, there is a pressure point between your thumb and pointer finger, that pad in between, and if you pinch it with your other hand it helps relieve the pounding! Try it!

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15 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

It does help – but I can’t keep my hand there and work! Wonder if I could clamp it..

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16 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

I’ve been wanting to switch to cereal, but I’m afraid it won’t keep me as full as oats do! Do you find they keep you full for a while? like 3-4 hours?

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17 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

Yes. The key is picking a hearty cereal and adding some fat to the bowl

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18 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! March 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

Cereal generally leaves me hungry after a few hours. But maybe adding more fat and protein, as you suggested, will do the trick for me!

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19 Angela March 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

Kath- Have you tried peppermint essential oil? That always helps my headaches!

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20 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 8:36 am

No, I have some I should go find

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21 Cait @ Beyond Bananas March 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

Good luck with the presentations and hope that your headache subsides soon!

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22 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious March 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

Coffee always helps my headaches. One that is persisting like this could be hormonal. The day before my period, I always get s hormonal headache. The next day, yup, it came! Hormones can be trickier, they also say pollen is really affecting people right now. I know women who only developed allergies when they were pregnant. If it is, try some local raw honey and bee pollen if your doctor says if okay.

Hope you feel better!

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23 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 8:36 am

I think it is hormonal, as I’ve never had anything weather/seasonal

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24 Sarah March 22, 2012 at 10:28 am

It’s totally an old wives tale but “they” say that if a woman has lots of headaches when pregnant, then she must be growing a girl! The old wives believe it has to do with the balance of hormones your body produces for a girl as opposed to a boy… but I don’t think that makes one bit of scientific sense hahaha.

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25 Andrea March 22, 2012 at 8:36 am

Hey Kath! Have you tried massage for your headache? There are some great head massage techniques that I use on my boyfriend and myself that work to relieve my headaches. Try you-tubing for some instructional videos. There is also a pressure point on your hand that can relieve headaches – it’s the space on top of your hand, between your thumb and your pointer finger – use the thumb and pointer finger of one hand to apply intense, direct pressure to that point on your other hand for about thirty seconds or so…repeat on the other hand. It’s worth a try! Sort of hard to explain in writing but hopefully it made sense.

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26 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

Matt gave me a good one 2 nights ago, but it was only temporary. I’ve been working on my hands!

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27 Lindzjane115 March 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

I’m so sorry your headache is persisting…they really are the worst! Aleve is actually the same medicine that is prescribed for migraines…I’ve found that taking 1 Aleve can be better than tylenol for particularly aggressive headaches!

I had cereal this morning too, but alas, no strawberries, which I was definitely craving…. Can’t wait to hear more about your presentation–it sounds great!

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28 Khushboo March 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

Gosh this headache is persistent- feel better!

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29 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

a little dose of caffeine is sometimes all you need :) hope the ache goes away. i need to catch up on those berf posts!

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30 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio March 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

Feel better soon! Work coffee, work!

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31 Angel7 March 22, 2012 at 8:53 am

Poor thing!!! … I can totally relate to having headaches that linger. They are sooo annoying, and can be somewhat debilitating for me at times. Hoping your headache is completely eradicated very soon!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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32 Amelia March 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

Sorry your head still hurts. :( I notice if I have too much caffeine (not your case), too little caffeine, or just not enough hydration in general, then I get a major headache that just never seems to go away. The only remedies I suggest are taking a slow stroll around the neighborhood, nap, and lots of water!

Maybe the baby is pressing on a nerve that is causing the headache? Not sure if this can even happen yet, but you never know. Acupuncture/ chiropractic care/ massage? :)

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33 Lauren March 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hey Kath,

I’m sure you’re getting tons of readers suggestions for your headaches, but I figured one more can’t hurt. I am going through IUI and my medication causes me incredible headaches that never seem to go away. Since you are pregnant and can’t take anything but Tylenol, I feel your pain because I was in the same boat. The ONLY thing that seemed to bring me any sort of relief was to drink at least a gallon of water. I am constantly drinking (which causes a few other issues. ;) and the key is consistency but it really did work for me. Hope you feel better soon!

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34 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

Hey Lauren, Thanks for the suggestion – I’m guzzling!! And thanks for the update…I’ve been thinking about you

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35 Robyn March 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

Where are you speaking at?? I had to do a presentation for the internship in February and talked about real food + nutrition + our food system and would LOVE to be able to eventually get paid to do so! Are the talks you are doing open to the public because I would attend :)

Hope you feel better!

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36 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

They aren’t completely open, but one is at UVA for a class – maybe you could sneak into that? And only 1 of the 3 is paid :)

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37 Robyn March 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I just might try and sneak into the UVA one, I think it would be great for me to see a seasoned professional speak :) Hey if you can get paid to do what you love, even better! Let me know when/where the UVA one is and I’ll try to come!

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38 Anna @ On Anna's Plate March 22, 2012 at 9:12 am

I hope the coffee helps with your headache!!

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39 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

So sorry about your headache. Pregnancy hormones probably…I remember getting lots of headaches when I was pregnant and I not a headache-prone person. Hope you feel better soon!

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40 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

I am definitely going to be trying the pressure point idea between the thumb and pointer finger mentioned a couple of times in your comments…sounds like a great idea…I know I have a pressure headache on its way! Good luck working throught the headache today on your presentation…I know concentrating and focusing at the computer through a headache can be headache producing in and of itself! Nursery shopping is way less taxing!

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41 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 9:26 am

UPDATE: Headache is very very mild!

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42 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 22, 2012 at 9:30 am

Hope you’re feeling a bit more rested!! Good luck with the presentation :D

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43 Elizabeth March 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

KERF, Can you talk about the use of coffee/caffeine in pregnancy on this blog or your baby blog? I’m interested in your thoughts. Love your blog and hope your head feels better!!!!

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44 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

The general recommendation is under 200mg /day. Most doctors would probably say 1 cup of regular is fine a day. It is slightly linked to miscarriage, but my guess (a guess) is that is most significant in the first trimester. I have cut out coffee as a daily consumption, but I’m fine with having a little every now and then.

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45 Elizabeth March 22, 2012 at 9:41 am

Thanks! : )

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46 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes March 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

Aww! Hope you feel better today :)

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47 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs March 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

Hey that looks a like what I had for breakfast! Hope those headaches go away, its just all those hormones. Same thing happened to me with both pregnancies…they still come and go unfortunately.

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48 Michelle (Better with Berries) March 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

I haven’t had a cold bowl of cereal in so long – with the weather getting warmer I’m craving it!

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49 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles March 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

Glad to hear your headache is feeling better. For me a neck massage is the only way to get rid of them. Poor dear. Hang in there.

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50 Laura @ She Eats Well March 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

I feel your pain on the headache. Have you tried maybe, a 30 to 45 minute yoga session in dim lighting? Sometimes, the breathing and stretching can help!

On another note, your breakfast looks colorful and delicious!

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51 Natalie March 22, 2012 at 10:35 am

In your second trimester it is really common to get sinus issues! Something about the mucus membrane becomes thinner (i think), so maybe thats it – it can affect you even if you’ve never had sinus problems. I had bad headaches for about a week and 2 days… just ended this weekend – I was about 17 weeks – maybe there is just a time when blood increase could cause it??

Who knows, glad you’re feeling better tho. I can’t give up my one coffee a day…besides keeping headaches away, lets face it… it keeps things moving!!!

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52 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 22, 2012 at 10:42 am

Oh no–feel better! Good luck with the presentation!

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53 Elizabeth March 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

Do you think it could be allergies/sinus related?

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54 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

I don’t think so…I’ve never had that before

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55 sandi March 22, 2012 at 11:12 am

hi kath, you need to use peppermint for headaches…origins.com has a wonderful peppermint headache product called “peace of mind on the spot relief”. you just put it at your temples, back of your neck and earlobes. i get horrible migraines and this sometimes at least soothes those, but for general headaches/tension headaches this really works great. it’s around $11. or $12. i keep it in my purse and have had several friends use it when they have goten a headache while we’ve been out and about. they all buy it now and keep it with them. good luck. i love your blog by the way! thanks, sandi in southern maryland

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56 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

I hope it goes away very soon!!!

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57 Cait's Plate March 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

Ugh, so sorry that stinkin’ headache is still hanging on! I hope the coffee does the trick for you!

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58 Meg March 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

Kath–love your site! Please come check out my new blog: http://www.foodwinemine.com

XOXO
Meg

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59 Christy March 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

I’ve been lurking on your blog for ages now, but never commented, so hello! I just had to pile on to the headache remedy suggestions because I was in your shoes last year while pregnant with my wee Violet… A coworker gave me a BeKool gel patch-thingy one day when I was near blinded by a hormone headache, and the thing was amazing. Seriously. http://www.kobayashihealthcare.com/kids/index.html

(I do not work for them, I swear. The things just saved my poor pregnant miserable self!)

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60 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

Nothing worse than a headache that won’t go away. Coffee does help most times. It must be hard to not be able to take anything to help it. Hope it leaves you Very soon.

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61 Alicia March 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

the only thing that helped my headaches in 2nd tri was a good run. good luck!

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62 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

I had a headache for 2 days straight last month and was convinced I had brain cancer after about 24 hours. I can’t imagine a 6 day headache! Hope you feel better soon.

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63 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

I hope your head gets to feelings better!

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64 Kel@thekelshow March 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I wonder if your headaches are allergy related with the change of seasons? I know with my first pregnancy, I suddenly developed allergy issues that I never had before.

Hope the caffeine helps!

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65 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Hope you feel better soon!!!

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66 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Ooh, lavender is my cure-all for getting into a mellow mood. I had some great Lavender Badger Balm that I would rub on my temples before bed time.
I also always request that my MT uses lavender essential oil when getting a massage.

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67 Amy March 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I’ve found that I have many more sinus headaches in pregnancy – probably all of the stuffiness/puffiness that just comes with the territory.

I picked up a product called Blue Oil by Aveda at my hair salon early in pregnacy – you can use it on your temples and neck (or really anywhere, I suppose). I did ask my midwife about it, and she said it was safe to use (first pregnancy – lots of questions!). It has peppermint oil and seems to really work when I have either a sinus or tension headache. (I usually use it in combination with Tylenol when it’s a serious headache, but it’s great on it’s own for just those slight headaches.) My sister swore by Head On (like a large lip balm tube that you rub on your forehead) during both of her pregnancies. Hope you find something that works!

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68 Sarah @ Fresh Living March 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Sorry to hear you’re not well. Usually lots of water and deep breathing are helpful. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

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69 Marjie Scheib March 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Hormone flucuations, I had them with both my pregancies I looked back at my journal and realized they came at the same time each month. Each time I increased my Omega 3′s and it took care of the headaches. Fast forward many years and I started to get migraines during pre-menopause and remembered back to my pregancy days and did the same, increased the O-3′s and again no more headaches. I have also read that increasing Omega-3 helps with postpartum depression. Just a suggestion, as always, you know your body the best so investigate it all.

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70 Kristen @ Change of Pace March 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I think any type of body ache is the worst. It just ruins your whole day. I hope you feel better soon! Maybe the coffee helped and if not maybe a nap this afternoon will :)

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71 charlene March 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Have you gotten your blood pressure checked?

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72 KathEats March 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Yeah, 100/60 I think at my last appt

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