(Closed) Migraines

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@harperlynn:  I’m not pregnant but I just wanted to express my sympathy.. I get terrible migraines and have done for years, people who have never had them don’t understand how horrible it is!

My most recent one was from Saturday to Monday (yesterday) and I was so over it by last night.. sometimes I get them weekly. Getting them during pregnancy terrifies me as I wouldn’t be able to take my normal strong pain killers! I hope this is a random one for you and you can just breeze through the rest of your pregnancy!

FYI I have recently discovered that tummy issues (bloating etc) can lead to migraines and apparently this is common in pregnancy? may be worth checking if you can take some fibre supplements etc (provided these are permitted during pregnancy) and see if that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I started getting horrible headaches when I was around 8 weeks. I am a chiropractic student so I was blessed to have some great people at my side! One of the guys is specializing in a technique that utilizes clinical kinesiology and found that I needed to take Bach Flower Remedy. It’s mostly used to help with anxiety and stress (not denying that I have a lot of both as well…. lol) but my headaches have completely disappeared since taking it! See if you can find a naturopathic/homeopathic doctor or even a chiropractor that specializes in finding out what your body is missing. I only had headaches and that was bad enough! I can’t imagine how much worse a migraine might be. I’m 21 weeks right now and have only gotten another headache when I forget to take a dose!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had really bad migraines during my first trimester. My doc recommended that I drink lots of water and take Tylenol. I tried that and it didn’t work. I had the same migraine for a whole week. So they prescribed some medicine for me to take to try to stop the migraine. And they did. I’m 25 weeks and my migraines let up around 18 weeks. Hopefully you get some relief. I would say call your doc.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

my sis is not PG but she found that eating fewer carbs/sugar really helped lessen her chances of migraines. perhaps try some diet changes if you can?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not pregnant but I do get horrid migraines and they see to be increasing in frequency, intensity, and duration.

anyways, my neuro is recommending a nerve block injection.  It’s a giant lidocaine shot in your affected nerves to block pain.  Perhaps something you could inquire about.  I also did about 8 weeks of physical therapy to help ease muscle tensioI.  It helped a lot.  Now my migraines are triggered more by sinus issues and weather pressure changes.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@harperlynn:  They might. I call my doc about EVERYTHING. This is my first baby and I have no idea what to expect. And they’re great about answering my questions and concerns.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve been getting migraines for years (not PG). First I took migraine meds and then just painkillers and no migraine meds and the eventually stopped all that together. I find that simple neck/back stretches and drinking LOTS of water (wheneve I get dehydrated, I get migraines) helps. Stress triggers mine, so find ways to relax and relax your back/neck muscles. Maybe yoga? Hope you find a solution!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

Acupuncture has been super helpful in controlling my migraines even before I was pregnant. I started going when we knew we would start trying so that I could get some control. But it didn’t take long to see results and it’s a great, safe way to to get some alternative treatment.

 

Also, talk to your doctor about other possible pain meds (beyond Tylenol) you can take. My OB says Excedrin is good to go, and I find that to be a lifesaver. This mix of Tylenol, aspirin, and caffeine is much more potent on headaches than Tylenol alone. If your OB won’t allow Excedrin, try Tylenol but wash it down with a caffeinated drink. I usually opt for a soda, but as long as you’re staying under 200mg of caffeine you’re well within recommended guidelines.

 

I’ve also heard that taking a daily supplement of magnesium can help. You’d need to discuss that with your OB to make sure you’re cleared and get dosages for it. And I know a chiropractor has already been mentioned, but it’s also another great avenue to try. Just make sure any chiropractor (or acupunturist for that matter) is experienced with pregnant women and you’re good to go.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had them bad in  my first trimester as well. Drink lots of water.. take tylenol.. and put vicks under your eyes to releave the pressure.  It went away for me after the first tri:)

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