Migraine and pregnancy, help?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@Mrslovebug:  Oh no, I’m so sorry! I haven’t had any since I got pregnant, but I have suffered from migraines for years. In a pinch I would suggest something with caffeine (not too much– a single cup of tea, coffee, a can of coke). Personally I find that applying heat works really well for me. Is it possible to run a towel under hot water and apply to your head or neck? Cold also works for some people. I’m guessing that might be hard when you have to stand around under fluorexcent lighting 🙁

One other thing you can try is applying pressure to the point between your thumb and forefinger. This site explains: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Acupressure-Points-for-Migraine-Headaches

I haven’t tried the others it describes, but anything is worth a try, right?

Good luck… so sorry you’re dealing with this!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrslovebug:  im not pregnant, but I get migraines A LOT and the only thing that helps me is strong black coffee with lots of sugar and a lemon squeezed in it! I usually dont drink sugar in my coffee and also rarely drink coffee in general.

Do you have a coffee machine near you? Even without the lemon I would give it a try.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

There’s no way you can actually do any work if you have a migraine. Are you sure your boss wouldn’t accomodate?

I had migraines in my 1st trimester – the best way I found to beat them was to take 2 tylenols & chug a coffee when my early symptoms (aura & numbness) started to hit. I hope you still have time to do this before the nausea sets in… 🙁 Good luck & I hope this is a mild one!

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Mrslovebug:  O gosh, this is my nightmare! I’m praying that my migraines disappear when I get pregnant. I don’t have any ideas but am sending tons of sympathy your way. Feel better!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

tylenol + caffeine + water (hydration is important!)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I feel for you. I have had two migraines while pregnant so far. I take Tylenol Migraine (or Ultra, as the call it now, but it’s the same thing) but it doesn’t do much (anything really) but it’s all I can take. It’s got caffeine in it. 

But, since you said you can’t take any meds at the moments, I say drink lots of water and apply heat. I find cold things on my head for migraines makes them worse.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

for future reference, the when I get a bag migraine and can’t take my prescription meds (like now, in pregnancy), the only things that help are heat and sleep. Usually I take a hot shower, then get in bed and put a heating pad on my head and sleeeeeep it off. Benadryl is supposed to be safe in pregnancy, so you could also take one of those to help you sleep if it would help.

Feel better!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I second what @missrain: said about having some caffeine. I do the heat thing too. I have one of those microwaveable bean bag things that I heat up and put it on my neck and shoulders.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Mrslovebug:  I am so sorry you are going through this!! I had a 48 hour migraine at the end of my first trimester. It was absolutely awful! I tried tylenol, caffeine, warm baths with wet cloths on my head and nothing seemed to really help.

I went to the doctor and they gave me hydrocodone. I was really worried about taking the medicine at first but my doctor assured me the small dosage wouldnt cause harm to my baby and it would help me get to sleep. Being in that much pain can put stress on the baby so dont be afraid to take medication if you need it.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ginger. Either candied ginger or stir some powdered ginger into a bit of water and chug.

I also had a scrip for hydrocodone; it’s safe for pregnancy, but I preferred to do the ginger remedy. It doesn’t work as well as triptans, but it’s pretty good.

Reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23657930

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrslovebug:  I found out a few days ago that Im pregnant and I always get headaches and migraines, Im curious to find out if and how you got rid of your migraine?

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SoonToBee2013:  I’m a cronic headache/migraine sufferer (is that right?)… and I knew almost right away that I was pregnant because I came down with a 3 day headache that wouldn’t go away with medicine. Studies show that 2/3 of women who suffer from headaches report that they go away with pregnancy. I have not been so lucky… During my first trimester I had a headache every time I was hungry or tired or read for too long, my list of triggers was endless. My best treatment for them has been to tough it out while “relaxing” as much as possible. At my 12 week appointment I saw the midwife and she said that in her experience headaches usually isolate themselves to just one trimester of the pregnancy and that mine should go away with me reaching my 2nd trimester. That just wasn’t the case, at my 16 week appointment my OB asked about my headaches & I told her they sucked she said in her experience headaches stop at week 20 and that the body goes through a LOT of hormonal changes between 16-20 weeks so expect them to ramp up before calming down. Now I’m 20+4 and haven’t had a headache in 1 whole week! Its the most days in a row I’ve gone my entire pregnancy w/out a headache (knock on wood). At the beginning of my pregnancy my OB and I briefly discussed headache prevention & she said there are daily medications I could take throughout pregnancy to prevent headahces, but no “rescue” medication to really take upon onset of a headache (like my imatrex that i was able to take prepregnancy.) – I did have a stretch of headache days towards the end of my first trimester that an OB prescribed me Tylenol 3 for. Just that little bit of codene in the tylenol really helped knock out some of the more difficult headaches. Like any medication the community is divided on whether or not Tylenol 3 should be taken or not, I personally felt comfortable taking it. If I have a super bad headache & just want to sleep it off I usually pop a bennadryl to help me relax and fall asleep. Good luck to you and i hope you are part of the 2/3 who headaches go away!

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