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 analgesia, rest, hydration and reassurance.
Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department, phone 999 or call your local Maternity Unit immediately.
You have taken simple pain relief in the last two hours (e.g. paracetamol and or ibuprofen), you have been drinking plenty of water and you have tried to rest and the headache has not got any better or has got worse.
Please ring your GP surgery, your community midwife service or call NHS 111 - dial 111
New headache with none of the symptoms in Red box:
Continue care at home. If you are still concerned contact your Community Midwife or call NHS 111 – dial 111