Ocular Migraines During Pregnancy

Submitted by Jenifer on January 19, 2012

Ocular migraine can refer to two different conditions, which are Migraine Aura and Retinal Migraine. Migraine Aura is usually not a serious condition, even though it affects a person's vision. However, performing certain activities like driving or reading may not be possible during a Migraine Aura spell, as the condition could cause certain visual sensations to accompany the migraine headache. At times, it is also possible for Migraine Aura to occur, without a headache. Retinal Migraine is a rare, but serious problem, which includes chronic bouts of diminished vision or blindness. This condition usually affects only one eye, not both.

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Ocular migraines during pregnancy usually occur in the form of Migraine Aura.

Ocular migraines during pregnancy

Ocular migraines during pregnancy are quite common in women. In fact about 15% to 20% of pregnant women suffer from ocular migraine.


Several women state experiencing ocular migraine symptoms as early as the first trimester of pregnancy. It is impossible to predict when ocular migraines during pregnancy will occur, which makes it all the more difficult to bear the pain. However, it is possible to be prepared for a migraine attack, by identifying the ocular migraines symptoms, which can make it easier to handle the attack in a better manner.

Ocular migraines during pregnancy symptoms

A person can experience one or a few symptoms of ocular migraine at one time. In most cases, the symptoms last for around 5 minutes or so, but in some rare instances, they could be experienced for up to 30 minutes of so.

Some of the common symptoms of ocular migraine headache during pregnancy are:

  • Partial vision loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Flashes of light,
  • Blind spots
  • Shimmering spots

Ocular migraine treatment during pregnancy

Most people who suffer from this condition are asked to lie down in a darkened room, when they experience an attack, after taking a dose of the prescribed medicine. However, the treatment of ocular migraines during pregnancy usually dose not require any medication. Pregnant women, who are prone to ocular migraine attacks, are usually asked to take a lot of rest, lie down in a dark room, use cold compresses and avoid stress.

Fortunately, ocular migraines during pregnancy do not really have any adverse effect on the baby or the pregnancy. Moreover, the headaches and the vision problems are temporary in a majority of the women. There have been several women who have continued to experience ocular migraine symptoms even after the birth of their babies. If the vision disturbances get too frequent or intense, it is best to visit an eye doctor at the earliest.

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