If you’re pregnant, you’re certainly experiencing new aches and pains. If you’re also one of the thousands and thousands of pregnant ladies who experience migraines, you could be glad to find out that pregnancy helps reduce migraine headache symptoms for many women. The information in this article can help you deal.
Changing hormones in women is a common trigger for those prone to migraine. This is often shown in pregnancy when the sex hormone levels show profound changes which has an effect on whether your migraine get better or worse.
However, it is not always the case that your migraine will better, especially in the early weeks of pregnancy. For a few women, migraine can even get worse and continue unchanged.
The things you need to know about migraines during pregnancy
Some people who have a history of migraines have them more often when they’re pregnant; others encounter fewer of them. Many women also have migraines for the first time at the time of pregnancy.
Since some research shows that women who suffer from pregnancy migraines can also be at increased risk for hypertension, preeclampsias, and other vascular issues, check in with your doctor if you’re constantly suffering from a pregnancy migraine. You may need to be screened for such complications.
What you can do
Unfortunately, if you’re a frequent migraine sufferer and you rely on strong migraine medications, you may have to table them until the baby arrives.
Each time you have a headache, make a note of:
Your particular symptoms: where you feel the pain, what the pain feels like, and any other symptoms such as vomiting or sensitivity to noise, smells, or bright light.
The time your headache began and stopped.
Food and drinks you got during the 24 hours prior to the migraine.
Any change in your surroundings, such as flying to a new place, weather change, or trying new kinds of food.
Any remedy you tried, and whether it helped or made the headache worse.
Doing exercise regularly (like walking, swimming, and bicycling) can lessen the frequency and degree of migraines during pregnancy.
One of the easiest ways to overcome migraine pain is to lie down in a quiet, dark room with a cold compress on your neck or forehead. With any luck, you’ll fall asleep and wake up migraine-free. Better still, if you think a migraine is coming on, it’s better to stop it in its tracks than wait for it to come barreling down on you full force. So, grab that cold compress and take a rest earlier rather than later.