Post # 1
I have had migraines with aura (the visual part) since I was in high school. They are not fun at the best of times. In the last week, I think exacerbated by the pregnancy hormones, I had one on Friday, two on Saturday, and two on Tuesday. Has anyone else been in this position? Does it get better? I called my OB’s office and they told me that some women get them all the time during pregnancy and that sometimes it just really bad during the first trimester, especially at the point I’m at because of the hormone levels. I usually only get them a handful of times a year, at most. I’ve been sleeping a ton and trying to drink more liquids (which is hard when you feel nauseated). The OBs office told me to go ahead and have a serving of caffiene a day if that helps – they aren’t worried about my blood pressure at this point.
I read online that if you get migraines withOUT aura, they usually go away after the first trimester, but that if you have them WITH aura, you can get them through your entire pregnancy. The thought of another 7 1/2 months of migraines is not pleasant… Is there anyone who has gone through this who can provide any helpful thoughts?
Post # 2
glacier_gal: No aura migraines here, just the occaisonal non-aura migraine. But I will say I’ve heard that taking a daily magnesium supplement (not just as you get them, must be taken daily) can significantly help with migraines. Just a little tip I learned. Might be worth a shot?
Post # 3
My neurologist told me that pregnancy tends to either temporarily cure migraines or makes them worse for the length of the pregnancy. I’m on a lose dose migraine medication that my OB/GYN said was safe to continue taking. For relief, I’d go with whatever your OB says.
Post # 4
I can’t give you any advice, but I can commiserate a bit. I’d never had a migraine in my life. Then one morning, in the last month of my pregnancy, during my morning dry heaving, my hand went numb, followed by half of my face. I thought I was having a stroke! Then the aura began, followed by a horrible headache. I then realized what it was because my sister has a history of migraines with aura. I hope it doesn’t continue for you. The three that I had at the end were more than enough. Positive thoughts your way.
Post # 5
I am not pregnant, nor have I had a migraine while pregnant but I am a chronic migraine sufferer and I know how excruciating they are. I also have migraines with aura. :/
The best way to beat migraines is to prevent them from happening, in my experiences. You might be thinking “well duh” at that but let me elaborate. I have had occasional migraines since I was a teen but last year they became chronic. I began to suffer 2-4 times a weeks from them. I looked online and read about headache journals. As soon as you have the aura sensation write down everything you did leading up to the migraine. Did you wash dishes? Were you laying down while using your phone or watching TV? We’re you exposed to strong fragrance or perfume, or harsh lights from windows? Even writing stuff down you did the previous day can help. Over a few weeks you should be able to start seeing patterns begin to develop. You may notice certain activities you coincidentally do every time you get a migraine. Begin to knock out these activities one by one to see if a certain one is triggering your migraines. It could be something as simple as too much fragrance in your soap or not eating in the morning.
Mine ended up being excercise, so now I take an ibuprofen right before I work out to ensure blood still flows through constricted blood vessels (which is what causes migraines), and this has helped tremendously. Since you’re pregnant, obviously that sort of medicine is out of the question, but a process of elimination can be very helpful to figuring out your trigger.
Post # 6
Unfathomably: I have kept a migraine journal before, and unfortunately, it didn’t tell me anything more than I already know. Lack of sleep, dehydration, and stress are all triggers for me… and I’ve been getting lots of sleep recently, I think it may be more on the dehydration front at the moment. Its hard to get a lot of liquid in (and the appropriate electrolytes) when you’re nauseous.
CherryA: That sounds awful! My sister also gets migraines like that.
CocoLoco523: I have heard that and I am thinking it might be worth a shot. Apparently you can’t take it at the same time as calcium, so I’m guessing you can’t take it when you take your multivitamin…
Post # 7
I know I’m not your ideal responder because I never got aura but will share. I got moderate migraines (less severe than pre-pregnancy) through my first and second trimester. Third they vanished, and I’m 4 months pp (breastfeeding) and still haven’t had any. I treated them during pregnancy with a big glass of caffeine and two tylenol as soon as I felt one coming. It never got rid of it but usually got me through the day until I could sleep.
I’m really sorry. Migraines are terrible, especially when you can’t treat them.
Post # 8
glacier_gal: I have migraines with aura and I am now 10 months postpartum. I had a several migraines a day for a week in the 1st trimester (6.5 weeks) and then I didn’t have any further migraines until I was 36 weeks. My advice is start with the caffeine and see if that helps. If not, ask your OB office about taking a prescription for either Fioricet or Reglan. Both are medications that have been proven to help with migraines during pregnancy and are Category C and Category B respectively.
Post # 9
glacier_gal: I take a magnesium supplement for migraines/anxiety. I do find that it helps signfigicantly. I take Natural Calm (got it on amazon) and just mix it with some water at night before I go to bed. They make different flavors but everyone in my family prefers the raspberry-lemon. I am newly pregnant as well and I confirmed with my Dr that it is safe to take during pregnancy since it says to consult your Dr if you are pregnant, but to be safe I would check with your own Dr.
Post # 10
glacier_gal: Ugh, I’m so sorry you’re going through this. As if pregnancy isn’t tough enough by itself! I had occasional headaches before becoming pregnant (I’m 25 weeks), but once pregnant oooooooooohh man. I needed to be in a very dark and quiet room to feel any sort of relief (though not much would come of it). They would usually go away once I had a full night’s rest, but then slowly creep back up on me as the next day progressed. It’s definitely connected to the pregnancy hormones, but mine were triggered in part by dietary choices I think. Bland diets helped. But who wants to eat a bland diet while pregnant? C’mon! Lol. I felt really guilty taking Tylenol, and let’s be real my migraines laughed at Tylenol. They started to taper off around 18 weeks or so. I still get them on occassion, but not 3-4 a week like before. All I can say is keep doing what you’re doing like staying hydrated and good dietary choices. Also, on the days that you’re feeling good, try exercising. That may help as well. Hope you start to feel better!
Post # 11
I have them very infrequently when not pregnant (like every couple of years) and very frequently mid-way the first trimester to midway through the second for both pregnancies. The explanation I heard for it is because your blood vessels are relaxing and your blood volume is increasing, those prone to migranes tend to get them over that point. I have never heard of someone having them all the way through! They’re awful though, so hang in there!
Post # 12
Hello everyone, OBGYN resident here! Just to correct something a PP mentioned, migraines are actually caused from vasodilation, not vasoconstriction (too much blood flow leading to pressure and increased sensitivity to pain signals.) So the goal with any migraine is to CAUSE vasoconstriction. The problem with pregnancy, is that many of the drugs that cause vasoconstriction are unsafe for your baby (such as ibuprofen). So while you are pregnant, your options are limited with how to treat pain in general and very much so limited with how to treat migraines. Using magnesium as a PP mentioned is an excellent option. Another option is riboflavin, or vitamin b2. Always speak with your own doctor though before trying something. Hope any of that was helpful!
Post # 13
glacier_gal: I have experienced some severe headaches during pregnancy. They were worse during the first trimester. I didn’t have headaches very much before pregnancy though. I tend to experience them more when I get dehydrated or overly stressed. My doctor recommended taking Magnesium 400mg each day as a preventative.