Suffering Migraines During Pregnancy

Relieve Your Headaches during Pregnancy with These Helpful Tips

Pregnant Migraine SuffererPregnancy can be great for some women, they glow, only gain weight in their belly, have the urge to frequently urinate, and otherwise barely suffer from the many other symptoms associated with pregnancy. Don’t we wish all of us could be so lucky? Some women, on the other hand, suffer from the less desirable symptoms like chronic nausea, heartburn, tender breasts, back pain, acne, cramps and spotting, fatigue, food cravings which spread weight to every inch of their body, hemorrhoids, and even migraines. Luckily, for most chronic migraine suffers, pregnancy can relieve their headaches completely or make them so mild they are not a problem. The reason behind this relief is believed to be high estrogen levels. Women do not experience estrogen fluctuations which occur during regular menstrual cycles while pregnant. Many women will, however, suffer a migraine during puerperium and sometimes right after giving birth.

Pregnant Women with Migraines

During pregnancy, 15% of all women suffer a migraine for the first time. Generally, migraine pain lessens after the first trimester.  10% of pregnant women already experiencing migraines experience increased pain. This pain can be unimaginable. For these suffering women, Dr. Traci Purath’s years of experience and a vast knowledge of migraines and headaches makes her extremely qualified to help you find a solution to your pain. She will help you find migraine relief by uncovering your triggers and making changes to your life style instead of prescribing medication. When you are pregnant and cannot take medication for relief, these changes can make a world of difference.

Important Note: If you are experiencing migraines or headaches accompanied by a fever, a headache lasting more than a few hours or frequently returning, or experience blurred vision while suffering a migraine, contact a professional to ensure it is not for other reasons than pregnancy.

Possible triggers which may be causing your migraines during pregnancy include:

  • Increased volume of blood circulating throughout the body 
  • Change in estrogen levels
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Lack of sleep or other sleep disorders like sleep apnea
  • Fatigue
  • Low blood pressure
  • AllergiesSinus congestion
  • Eye strain
  • Stress 
  • Depression
  • Dehydration
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiency
  • Increased hunger  
  • Abnormal or bad posture, common during third trimester
  • Noise, fluorescent light, strong odors or being a congested space 
  • Chocolate
  • Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Weather 
  • Hormones

These are just some of the common triggers associated with migraine sufferers, doctors have not found the exact reason pregnant women get migraines during pregnancy.

Prevent headaches and find relief during migraines by:

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals: this will help keep your blood sugar on an even keel and in turn possibly prevent headaches
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
  • Following a regular sleep schedule
  • Applying heat or cold to temples, the back of your neck, or eyes
  • Taking a cold shower
  • Resting, take a nap or lie down in a dark and quiet room
  • Exercising
  • Relaxation techniques including meditation, deep breathing, and yoga
  • Massaging your temples and have someone massage your shoulders and neck

You can also help prevent headaches by keeping a migraine journal. Track when your migraine occurs, what you believe triggered them (what you had eaten right before, activities, and other factors), and how long the migraine lasted. This could reveal what is causing your migraines and help you avoid them all together. When it feels like you’ll never find relief, visit Dr. Traci Purath to find out how feeling better is possible.

Contact the pregnancy migraine specialist, Dr. Traci Purath for more information on how she can help you find relief from your headaches.