One thing I learned in pregnancy was that reacting with alarm to every pregnancy symptom—and turning to Google for answers—is unnecessary and will only drive you nuts. You have to let many small aches and pains go, chalking them up to part of the process. But sometimes, if your intuition tells you that something is severe or just not right, that's the time to listen up.
"Headaches during pregnancy are quite common, but it is not always easy to distinguish between a recurring, preexisting migraine condition and a headache caused by a pregnancy complication," the new study's lead author Matthew Robbins, M.D., director of inpatient services at Montefiore's Headache Center in New York, said in a press release.
Researchers looked at the medical records of 140 pregnant women over a five-year period. Of those, the women who had high blood pressure and a severe headache were 17 times more likely to also experience complications with their pregnancies, and having no history of headaches increased the risk five times.