Headaches are a common complaint and the majority of them are mild and self-limiting.
However, there are some serious causes of headaches that need to be recognised and treated promptly.
Headaches due to tiredness and stress are common in the postnatal period and these can be managed with simple pain killers (paracetamol and ibuprofen), rest and avoiding dehydration by drinking to thirst.
If you have any of the following:
Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department, phone 999 or call your local Maternity Unit immediately.
Please ring your GP surgery, your community midwife service or call NHS 111 - dial 111
Continue care at home. If you are still concerned your GP or midwife or call NHS 111 – dial 111