(Closed) Anyone get migraines during pregnancy?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am having one right now and am currently 9 weeks pregnant. I felt it coming on last night and went to bed early- slept 10 hours and woke up this morning in full blown migraine hell– I took a 3 hour nap and now I’m feeling a bit better- but still not able to tolerate light. I haven’t been able to take anything- trying to drink enough and sleep as much as possible.

Post # 3
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a permanent awful headache for most of my first trimester and some of my second. I only had one migraine that I identified with my usual symptoms of blurred vision. Thankfully it’s not like that anymore. 

Post # 4
3751 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My doctor warned me about headaches in the second tri so I suppose if you’re already prone to them as is, then they could be much worse while pregnant. Sorry you are dealing with this 🙁

Post # 5
2088 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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BakerBee16:  YES!  I’m the same way, migraines for over 15 years, nothing in the 1st trimester and then BAM, all the time in the 2nd.  I haven’t had aura yet (sorry that you had such a rough night) but have been laid out with them many times so far.  Last week I had one for 6 out of the 7 days. 

I found that cutting caffiene out was not the solution.  Luckily we are allowed to have some so I need 1 cup everyday in the am, which kind of helps.  Tylenol does nothing. I cut out all artificial sweetners and try to limit my sugar intake.  Eventually I end up laying down in a dark room with an ice pack on my forehead.  DH has also been great and will give my shoulder/neck massages.  Good luck!


Post # 6
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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BakerBee16:  I’ve been getting migraines for years as well. I think I only had one in the first tri but had many in the second tri. Just stared my third tri so can’t speak to that. Like 
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MrsBananas, Tylenol does nothing for me. I try not to go too many days without a little caffeine. I drank a lot of coffee pre-pregnancy. But every migraine trigger you’ve heard of is a migraine trigger for me, so they’re hard to avoid, unfortunately! Sorry I don’t have much advice but you’re not alone. Hope you can find something that helps! Good luck!

Post # 7
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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BakerBee16:  I get them – and got a few during pregnancy.  Your aura sounds just like what I get before the full migraine sets in.  Unfortunately not too much you can do during pregnancy.  Tylenol, one cup of coffee or tea (the caffeine helps and 1 cup is ok), and lots of fluids.  Lack of sleep and dehydration get me.  Try having some gatorade (a big one!) every day for a few days to see if that helps replenish your electrolytes.  I have low Bridal Party and take salt tablets, which also minimizes my migraines as an added side bonus. 

Post # 8
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have been having them too .. Started at the end of my first trimester and still get them often. They are the most painful migraines. I am not used to it 🙁

Post # 9
9125 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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BakerBee16:  Not migraines, but I definitely got headaches while pregnant. I never suffered from headaches before or after (except with a cold or flu or whatever) but I got them BAD and often with both pregnancies. It sucked. They started at the base of my skull and the pain radiated up and out from there. They hurt so bad. I can only imagine adding those pregnant-headaches onto someone’s regular migraines. Bleah!! My doctor told me to take Tylenol but that was almost 20 years ago so not sure if they still recommend that. It didn’t even really help much anyway. Hope yours get better soon!

Post # 10
2851 posts
Sugar bee

I get them too – mine also lessened in the first trimester, but have increased in frequency in the second trimester significantly.  A few weeks I’ve had them at least 4 days.  I do take fioricet as needed, and my OB GYN has advised me it’s ok to take imitrex if needed now that I’m in the second trimester.  I’m hoping they will decrease again in the 3rd trimester.  

I’m not sure if this is your first pregnancy, but after my miscarriage in December the migraines also worsened / increased in frequency.  Just a heads up!

Post # 11
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand


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desss mentioned, i second the fiorocet. I was prescribed it with my first pregnancy and it was a God-send. I dont think I could have survived without it. I’m near the end of a second pregnancy and again have had to use it. I highly recommned it. I also was told to make sure i didnt skip caffeine as I was a coffee drinker before pregnancy and dropping it cold turkey would make my migraines worse. Good luck!

Post # 13
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

As soon as I felt one coming on, I’d drink a big glass of caffeine with 2 tylenol. I think only twice during my pregnancy did it come to a true migraine where the only thing I could do was sleep it off. 

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