Migraines During Pregnancy

Headaches are a common occurrence during pregnancy, and they are especially noticeable during the first trimester. Some women who have had a history of migraines may discover that they experience fewer migraine headaches during pregnancy. On the other hand, some women experience far more frequent migraines during pregnancy.

Another group of women who have never experienced a migraine headache before suddenly develop migraine headaches once they have become pregnant. According to experimental studies, medical experts are of the opinion that hormonal imbalances play a major role in determining migraine headaches during pregnancy.

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Migraines in the first trimester of pregnancy are caused when the blood vessels in the head begin to constrict and dilate rapidly thus causing severe pain and other symptoms. During this time, the headaches experienced in the first trimester of pregnancy may also bring about a certain amount of volume increase in the blood level of the pregnant woman.

During the onset of migraine headaches, pregnant women may start to experience a shift in the hormonal levels, and it is usually noticed that the headaches start to ease off after the first trimester when the hormonal imbalances are stable.

Risks for Migraines During Pregnancy

Medical scientists out of the opinion that pregnant women who experience migraine headaches during pregnancy stand at an increased risk of developing health and vascular related conditions such as paralysis, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and blood clots. Even though there is a fair amount of evidence that points to hormonal imbalances triggering off migraine headaches during pregnancy, not much is known about the prevalence or what causes migraine during pregnancy.

Unfortunately, most of the prescribed medications that are recommended for treating migraine headaches are not recommended during pregnancy as they are unsafe for the fetus. If you experience frequent and severe migraines, you must speak with your doctor and get a referral to see neurologist.

Remedies for Migraines During Pregnancy

Here are some home remedies that can help you to effectively combat a migraine headache during pregnancy:

  • Taking a cold shower can help in shrinking the dilated blood vessels in the head and the cold temperature can ease the migraine headaches
  • Make use of an ice pack or a cold compress to be placed on the back of the neck on the forehead. This is useful in constricting the blood vessels and bringing about much-needed relief from migraine headaches during pregnancy.
  • In most cases, sleeping is believed to be the best remedy of getting rid of the migraine headache.
  • Ensure that you are lying or sleeping in a dark room, as sometimes lights can be sensitive triggers to women experiencing a migraine headache.
  • Gently massage the temples or the sinus points in order to relieve the pain.
  • Strictly avoid caffeinated beverages and chocolate as it is believed that caffeine can trigger migraine reactions in some women during pregnancy.
Migraines During Pregnancy
Migraines During Pregnancy
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