second trimester migraines

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
8510 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@JustMe12182:  My headaches have been better throughout pregnancy so luckily I don’t have much experience.  I take tylenol for headaches though.  Acetaminophen is considered safe for pregnancy at normal dosages.  It’s definitely recommended above all the others (ibuprofin, asprin, etc).  I would talk to your doctor before taking anything else though, and definitely talk to them about your migraines.

Post # 4
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Would you be willing to try Chiropractic? It’s natural and overall, is good for pregnancy to keep your pelvis and spine aligned while your body is flopping every which way. You may have pinched nerves from all the changes that could be alleviated by seeing a chiropractor a few times.

Also, as far as I know, the link of Tylenol to Autism is based on excess use of it, just like excess coffee, excess sugar, excess most things can have a negative effect on the fetus. If you’re in this much pain I am sure it’s perfectly safe to take it here and there, in the suggested dosage.

Post # 5
1343 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I take tylenol for them when they are really bad. 

I’ve done everything to help them, from massages to cutting my hair. So, it’s either tylenol or just suffer. 

…I hate to say this too, but everything is linked to Autism. People even believe that the drug pitocin can cause it. I just feel like don’t go to the “excess” like the PP said. There’s nothing wrong with being cautious, but if pregnant women did EVERYTHING to avoid caution… they would be doing pregnant yoga in a plastic bubble. Even then, the plastic from the bubble woudl have some harmful effect. 

Post # 6
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I read that study, or something similar, and also just talked to my doctor about it. It does not seem to be really well done or reliable. 

I get migraines, although not as bad as when I wasn’t pregnant thank goodness. My doctor advised to take two tylenol and drink a cup of caffeine when I feel one coming (luckily I know feel them coming in advance). That doesn’t usually completely knock them out, but keeps them mild enough that I can function and fall asleep. 

I’m so sorry you’re going through it. It sucks…a lot. I was really hoping I wouldn’t get them during pregnancy! 

Post # 7
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@JustMe12182:  Truly, if you don’t overuse the Tylenol you will be fine. I would take some. Not much else you can do for a migrain. I got them right away in the 2nd trimester and had to go home a few times. They suck. All I did was drink a ton of wate and lay in a dark room with a cold washcloth on my forehead and pray that it ended soon.

I hope you feel better!

Post # 8
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lolita39:  but if pregnant women did EVERYTHING to avoid caution… they would be doing pregnant yoga in a plastic bubble. Even then, the plastic from the bubble woudl have some harmful effect. 

LOL yes exactly!

Post # 9
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I am a regular pregnancy migraine sufferer (once weekly, on average) and nothing really works to treat them. I can get a few hours of relief with a low-dose narcotic, but that’s about it, and I don’t like taking those very often.

The Norwegian Tylenol study is legit (we found the PDF and read the whole thing), but the correlation with behavioral problems was linked in women who took Tylenol more than 30 times during pregnancy. I stopped taking it because I started getting these headaches early in my pregnancy (I’m 29 weeks now, still have them) and I knew if I dosed Tylenol every time I felt one come on, I’d be in that “high use” camp.

IF you are actually having migraines, I wouldn’t expect Tylenol to help much, if at all. You can try caffiene as well, but that’s pretty hit or miss for me (gets ’em if it’s early enough, not if they’re full blown). Reducing your B6 consumption can sometimes help, as can acupucture, massage, and chiropractic. Make sure you are drinking enough water and getting enough protein, too. At this point, I’m kind of riding it out, but it makes me pissed off to lose a day out of every week as the headaches last more than 6 hours on average.

Post # 10
1836 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

I’m not pregnant but I do suffer migraines and I love these masks. They’re super cheap and you can heat or cool/freeze them, and place them on your forehead or over your eyes. I gave some to my SIL who is pregnant when she began getting migraines and she says they’re a lifesaver. I prefer them cool, she thinks heat works best.

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