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How do I Treat Migraines During Pregnancy?

By Meshell Powell
Updated May 17, 2024
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A migraine is a type of headache that occurs as a result of dilated blood vessels in the head. Common symptoms include pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light or sound. Migraines during pregnancy are relatively common, but it is wise to be checked out by a doctor if there are any concerns. While there are few medications that can safely be taken for migraines during pregnancy, there are a few home remedies that may bring some symptom relief.

Acetaminophen is one of the only headache medications thought to be safe for migraines during pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women do not find much relief from this medication. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe other medications, but it is important to not take any kind of medication for migraines during pregnancy without physician consent.

If possible, the goal is to try to avoid migraines during pregnancy. Some foods may trigger migraines in some women. These foods will vary from person to person, but common triggers include chocolate, coffee, and cheese. Some women find that stress or changes in the weather may trigger a migraine. Unfortunately, normal hormone fluctuations during pregnancy may also trigger migraines.

There are a few home remedies that may prove useful in treating migraines during pregnancy. Many women report experiencing relief by lying in a dark, quiet room with a cold washcloth placed on the forehead. Similarly, a cold shower seems to help some women as well. Just taking some time to rest or nap is often enough to recover from a migraine.

Other treatment options for migraines during pregnancy include meditation, yoga, or other relaxation techniques. Pregnancy can be a stressful time for any woman, and stress is a well-known migraine trigger. As long as it is approved by a doctor, mild to moderate exercise can sometimes relieve the pain of a migraine as well.

If none of the above remedies are successful in at least reducing the migraine symptoms, the patient should speak to her doctor concerning other treatment options. The doctor may recommend a different dosage of acetaminophen or decide to prescribe a different type of medication. The doctor may also decide to run further tests to make sure there are no underlying health concerns that may be causing the migraines. It is very important for a pregnant woman to communicate with her physician and follow recommended protocols involving the treatment of migraines during pregnancy.

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