Migraine troubles during pregnancy? Read on.
Barely being able to open our eyes due to tiredness, morning sickness and swollen ankles the size of beach balls is a familiar experience we have all been through here at Miracle in Progress, but what women don’t plan for is migraines.
Migraines may not be at the top of your priority list or even on it while you are pregnant, but it should be.
Due to the hormonal and of course physical changes we endure, headaches and migraines are extremely common while pregnant.
As mothers ourselves, we are here to explain a variety of topics in our blogs and with this blog, you will gain access into why these changes occur while pregnant when to expect migraines and headaches and the best solutions for you to endure and successfully solve your painful migraine and headaches problems.
We always advise to seek your doctor’s advice but we do hope that this blog assists your queries.
Is there a common time for migraines to occur?
If we are completely honest with you, they can occur anytime during your pregnancy.
Many women experience their first ever migraine during their pregnancy period, which can result in a rise of stress and anxiety. Having the combination of pregnancy and migraines can be too much to bare but don’t panic – most women experience and significant improvement in their migraines, around 65%-70% in fact.
Some women have a complete discharge of their migraines within the first trimester of their pregnancy while others will endure an increase of headaches and migraines throughout their pregnancy.
Everyone has different experiences during their pregnancy and we must remember that we all have different bodies and different functionalities.
Why do I get migraines?
With the continuous changes to our bodies, while we are pregnant, it is hard to predict the scale of migraines and headaches that you will endure. Only estimations can be conducted and it is hard to predict the severity of these occurrences from your first trimester to your third.
We do know that if women see a significant improvement in their first trimester, then they are less likely to experience migraines throughout their pregnancy.
If improvements have not been established by the end of your first trimester then your migraines and headaches are likely to pursue continuously throughout your trimesters and also, unfortunately, after you deliver.
What form of medication can I take for migraines while being pregnant?
What do we do when we feel pain? We go straight to painkillers naturally.
While you are pregnant however, this use of medication should be limited – that doesn’t mean other forms of medication are not available to you. It’s always best to consult your midwife before you take any form of medication.
If you wish to leave the risks of medication be, there are other methods you can use to resolve your migraine and headaches.
As your boy changes, you may find yourself having intentions towards food you wouldn’t usually eat and yearn for more salty foods than sweet and vice versa. During your pregnancy, however, you will notice that certain foods may cause your headaches and migraines and it is key that you write these foods down.
Identifying these ‘trigger’ foods will aid you in your understanding of your migraine and headache patterns, resulting in avoiding these foods and conclude in fewer migraines.
For instance, it is said that strawberries can produce migraines, especially pregnant, swell as chocolate and cheese.
Stress, lack of sleep and exhausting yourself from exercise can also cause migraines.
It is important to see your doctor if you are experiencing headaches and migraines, especially if they are heightened after your first trimester to see what medication you are allowed within your pregnancy plan.
Here at Miracle in Progress, we are all mothers and have experienced what you are going through right now. If you found this blog helpful and wish to ask more questions, simply Contact Us today. We are more than happy to help with all of your queries.