S.R. asks from Azusa, CA on September 06, 2009
Migraines and Pregnancy - Azusa,CA
Any other mamas out there with migraines? I have been getting them since I was 8, and they have evolved over the years. They used to blindside me and wipe me out for 1/2 day or more, now they creep up on me for days or linger on off mildly for days. I seem to have an increase during pregnancy. I remember with my first pregnancy I felt like they were just constant for a few weeks there, somewhere around 10-20 weeks. I am 15 weeks with this second pregnancy and they seem to be peaking again. Mine always come during busy times, or times with high anticipation and lots of things going on- with my first pregnancy this was the holiday season, this time it is the whole "back to school" time (where I work) and also my sister's wedding in a month. So I am not even sure if it is pregnancy related. The bummer is I can't take anything really to zap them, because everything you 're allowed to take during pregnancy is really weak.
1) Have any of you mom's noticed an increase in migraines when you are prego, and 2) what methods work for you to cope with them or stave them off? Even if you aren't pregnant, what methods do you use to handle your migraines?
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C.D. answers from Los Angeles on September 07, 2009
Colon hydrotherapy has worked miracles for me, but I don't think you will find anyone willing to take you as a client while you are pregnant, so you might give it a try once you have delivered.
M.A. answers from San Luis Obispo on September 07, 2009
Hi S., I have never had migraines, fortunately, but my mom did when she was pregnant with me 51 years ago. Back then there wasn't much to do and since she had waited more than 10 years to get pregnant with me she was very cautious about everything! A close friend of the family was a chiropractor and suggested an adjustment. Mom was skeptical and only allowed him to adjust her from the shoulders up. Apparently it helped tremendously and here I am with no untoward effects. Adjustments combined with massage can be very beneficial as they open the nueropathways that can get blocked with pinched nerves under stress. My PPO covers chiropractic. It's worth looking into. Talk to people you know who use a chiropractor for referral. That is usually the best way.
S.B. answers from Los Angeles on September 09, 2009
Hi, S.. I used to get migraines, also, since I was about that age. Eventually, I was dating a guy in college and had to cancel on him a couple of times because of them so he looked it up in the library! According to all the books he copied, they are caused by a hereditary blood vessel disorder and can be triggered by hormonal changes, stress, dehydration, an ingredient in cheddar cheese, caffeine and hunger. Now here's the thing about caffeine! Your blood vessels are not responding correctly to hormones and conditions, so caffeine would make mine first constrict so that I could not see for awhile (niacin helps open them back up) BUT then they let loose and over compensate as a rule of migraines and you can get that pounding for days until they settle back down! THAT is actually the time when caffeine can HELP. It will constrict them again. Caffeine was a trigger that constricted my vessels and initially increased the ocular star burst thing, but later can reduced the pounding.
I found that I usually took about 3 of these triggers to get one. I got off of aged cheddar completely; cut down on the chocolate but the biggest thing was the dehydration. Getting enough water was the main thing for me. Horomones played a huge part, also; I often got one 2 weeks before my period and then one the day I got my period!
To prevent them, I started taking feverfew, niacin and magnesium. That helped a lot! I did get more when I was pregnant, because hormones also effect them and feverfew is contraindicated for pregnancy, so I just had to decrease the other triggers. Your body is already under a lot of stess due to just being pregnant, so you really have to decrease that in whatever ways you can.
Eventually, after I had the baby, because my blood vessels increased in size, they were stretched a bit and I don't have much trouble with migraines to this day anymore. If I really push it; stay up late, don't drink enough water, eat poorly, etc. I'll still get one, though.
I'm sure you'll get a lot of good advice here, but this is my experience! A GREAT chiropractor in this area, Dr. Ross, ###-###-#### knows a lot about the chiropractic end. When I get them now it is usually because I have stress on the nerve that leads to the vessels in my brain OR, this is going to sound strange, but if you are constipated, that also can be a factor! Some how, cramping and migraines are effected by what's going on their, also and I found they went hand in hand. If I got a migraine, I was also almost always constipated! Fun stuff!!
J.W. answers from Los Angeles on September 08, 2009
I found the greatest and most simple thing, but I don't remember how big of a no no it is during pregnancy, so ask your doc. (I did not know about it during mine) Drink coffee! It sounds simple, but it works. It reduces the swelling in the blood vessels in your brain. It really works. I have been suffering for years and can't take meds due to and having I.T.P. so this was a miracle for me. You can use it after pregnancy if you can't now. I would ask your doc first if one cup would hurt, I know caffeine is not good during pregnancy, but I think it is lesser than the two evils, migraines cause a ton of stress. Good luck, I feel your pain.
A.A. answers from San Diego on September 07, 2009
I've had migranes for as long as I can remember. When I was pregnant they got really bad and would last for weeks. I brought it up to my OB and it turns out that the increase was caused by a peak in my blood pressure. I started taking meds and notice a huge difference in my migranes. Back to normal or whatever that means. :) you might talk and try to rule out something else that could be causing yours. Hope this helps! Good luck.
S.S. answers from Atlanta on September 09, 2009
Have you ever seen a chiropractor before? Find a good one. It cured me of my migranes. I have never gotten one again. It actually made me become a chiro. It dosnt always get rid of them completely, but most often they lessen in frequency and severity, if not going away completely. and it is perfectly safe and beneficial to the pregnancy in most cases!! hope this helps!
C.K. answers from Santa Barbara on September 08, 2009
Ugh, yes, I have suffered miserably for several years with migraines. Fortunately mine seeemd to subside during pregnancy and post-birth. They've revved up a bit again, but I'm still nursing so can't really take anything. First, drink a ton of water! The slightest bit of dehydration will give me a killer headache and your little one is zapping your normal stores of water, nutrients, etc. I try to get home and in bed at the first sign to ward it off as much as possible. Keeping it dark and quiet is key. I drink herbal teas (chamomile, etc) and will add calming elements to it (lemon balm extract, etc). If you have noticed any food triggers, steer clear! You may also consider going to the chiropractor...perhaps carrying the weight of the baby is causing you to get out of wack and trigger the migraine. Take prenatal yoga so that you are strtching your body and relaxign your mind. Last but not least, talk to your Dr and get recommendations. I hope you feel better soon...I know your pain!!!
W.M. answers from Los Angeles on September 11, 2009
I still get migraines.. I have learned to avoid drinking or eating too much caffeine or chocolate, get plenty of rest (which is difficult for a Mom), and drink a lot of water(more than the recommended 8 glasses daily). If you feel your shoulders tense, work on relaxing them.
I find a cool dark place with something cold on my eyes and warm/hot on my neck and shoulders really helps. When I had more time to do YOGA I rarely got them.
GOOD LUCK and take care.
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on September 07, 2009
Have you tried acupuncture, chiropractic, or craniosacral massage?
S.H. answers from Honolulu on September 06, 2009
I had morning sickness AND migraines with both my pregnancies.
The ONLY thing that helped me, was acupuncture. Just one session, and it was gone, completely.
My OB/GYN had recommended it, with each of my pregnancies.
Acupuncture does not hurt, in fact it is very relaxing. My session took 1/2 hour. And that was it.
Of course, see an Acupuncturist that handles pregnant women. Or for you, since you get them under stress/duress... I don't know how it would help you. But for my pregnancy related Migraines, it was the only thing that helped.
All the best,