Pregnancy migraines are very common, especially during the first three months. This may be attributed to changes in hormone levels such as estrogen. These hormonal changes may worsen or reduce the severity of migraine. Despite the gravity of symptoms, migraines do not pose a threat to the fetus' safety.
Pregnancy migraine is found to diminish after the trimester period. During migraine events, the woman may experience some dizziness and light sensitivity. Other symptoms such as visual disturbances may occur at the onset of migraine but is usually short in interval. Migraine events however, can last to anywhere from 30 minutes to 72 hours.
There are ways on how to minimize the effects of migraine. Some non-prescription drugs may be used to relieve headaches such as ibuprofen. Caution is necessary when taking medications since some drugs are believed to have adverse effects on the brain development of babies while in their mother's womb. Generally, it is not advisable for pregnant women to take medicines, even for other conditions to prevent drug-related side effects that may be critical to both women and her child. Seeking medical attention will ensure the safest method in dealing with migraine.
Alternative remedies are available to help future mommies such as taking cold showers or placing ice packs on the back of the neck. Since some women become sensitive to light, it is also a good idea to take a nap during migraine episodes. Head massages will also help to take away some pain. Acupuncture is another effective method and is generally acceptable as not risky or detrimental to the fetus.
Other techniques such as pre-natal yoga and meditation may also help prevent pregnancy migraine. Regular light exercises such as walking and stretching are also found to be effective. It is important for the women to identify which method suits her best since not all treatments are as useful to everyone.
The frequency of pregnancy migraine may be reduced if the woman is less exposed to trigger marks such as stress and emotional upheaval. Other known factors that contribute to migraines are foods with additive, caffeine, and even some wines. Some women also find weather conditions, skipping meals, strong odors, sleeping disturbances and flashing lights as migraine triggers.
Soon-to-be mommies may understand pregnancy migraines better by making a “Migraine Diary” aside from her “Baby's Diary”. Write down the experiences bought by migraine episodes and the possible reason for its occurrence. Try to be as specific as possible. Note also all medications taken, including dosage levels and the date and time of intake. It is also important for pregnant women to talk about her experiences to her partner, close friends and families. Knowing that they are always ready to support and pour their love will make her stronger and more capable of dealing with pregnancy.
Pregnancy is an overwhelming yet moving experience that a woman may go through. It is more important to exert her efforts in taking care of herself and her baby, without the added inconvenience of pregnancy migraine.