Post # 1
Hi Bees, I am looking for natural approaches to migraines in pregnancy. I am 16w3d and have had one pretty much for the last day and a half. I used to get hormonal migraines about 5 years ago, but they went away when i changed up bc. I thought I just had a few headaches, but now that I look at the symptoms, they really are just like my old migraines. I can’t do anything about my hormone level being with child and all, so I am looking for any natural approaches that worked for other bees. I will be seeing my doctor in the next week or so but need some relief in the meantime! I am also going to try acupunture, as that worked for me in the past. TIA!
Post # 2
Following. I suffer from migraines, and already gotten 2. Taking one tylenol was the only way to get enough relief to function.
Post # 3
Ice packs are huge helps to me. I have a really good one and stick it underneath my pillow when I have a migraine to help me sleep and relax. It numbs pain and when I do this, it’s almost always gone when I wake up.
Yoga and neck stretches, massages
Watch what you eat. If I even take a bite of a pickle or eat too much sugar, I get one the following day. So research common triggers. Also smells and cleaning products are triggers for me.
On the flip side, drinking a Coke has helped many times once I already have one. Not sure if you’re drinking caffeine, but coke helps many sufferers!
Also a hot bath relaxes me enough that I barely feel the pain.
And lastly, a back scratch from DH. Probably similar to the acupuncture working. I cannot even feel the pain when he is scratching my back.
Good luck girl!
Post # 4
i don’t have experience with migraines during pregnancy, but i do get them from time to time. i sit with my with hands and feet soaked in hot water, with an ice pack on my neck for 20 minutes. then i lay down for a little while. it always helps me.
migraines are the worst! hope you feel better!
Post # 5
My neurologist recommended magnesium supplements as a natural safe migraine preventative ( obviously check with your own doctor but that’s what mine told me).
Post # 6
Ice packs, cool dark rooms, and more rest and more water. I also use essential oils. I diffuse them and massage them on my skin with a carrier oil. I am a huge fan of accupunture, massages, and chiropractic in pregnancy as well. I have used all three to get me through various things in pregnacy, so that I did not have to resort to taking medications.
I would try to stay away from tylenol if you can. New studies are showing some increased risks of various things.
Post # 7
I used to suffer from migraines from the time I was in high school. After neurology appointments, adjustments, spinal taps, MRIs, etc. the only thing that ever PREVENTED them was taking probiotics daily. I told my neurologist about it when I first started taking them years ago and she said it made perfect sense because gut health has a lot to do with overall health.
I’m also pregnant (in my third tri) and I’ve continued taking probiotics everyday and haven’t had any migraines or headaches. As for you though, if you’re considering taking probiotics but haven’t prior to pregnancy just check with your doctor. It really is harmless though, the same thing as eating tons of yogurt or something.
Post # 8
good call on probiotics. Fermented foods can help too.
Post # 9
Never been pregnant but I’ve suffered migraines since kindergarten.
I always keep peppermint oil in my bag and dab a little on my temples, forehead, or behind my ears when I have a headache, especially when I’m in public. It’s crazy how much the cooling feeling can give you relief. Just be careful to not get to close to your eyes or it will burn.
When I’m at home I microwave this for about 45 seconds and lay it carefully on my eyes, its a godsend! http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod850026′ defer=’defer
Post # 10
Not much helps me. Usually two Tylenol Migraine/Tylenol Ultra. The addition of caffeine in those is what helps for me. I had a massage during one particularly long bout of pregnancy migraines and it helped. It went away during and for a few hours after and even though it came back, the little bit of relief was nice.
Post # 11
My sister swore by oxygen. She had a small tank in her office.
Post # 12
I get migraines and went to an acupuncturist who worked with pregnant women when I got one early in my pregnancy. It didn’t cure the migraine 100%, but I felt so much better.
Post # 13
I’m 19 weeks pregnant, the worst part of being pregnant so far for me are the migraines and not being able to take my normal medication to help them. Tylenol is not (nor has ever been) an effective pain relief medication for me. As others have mentioned I swear by ice packs… the majority of my migraines happen on the front of my head/temples/near my eyes, and I will literally strap an icepack to my head. The theory is that the pain is caused by the swollen blood vessels in your head, and the pounding you feel is the blood pumping through those vessels… the cold from the ice packs helps to shrink down the blood vessels which then helps with the pain. I’ve also found that a shower can help too, often on the cooler side. Good luck with it – I’m trying to make sure I’m drinking enough water and just hoping that they’re few and far between! I hope you get some relief soon… it’s such a terrible thing to have, and so debilitating.
If you’re going to look into using essential oils just make sure they’re safe to use during pregnancy. I was suprised when my massage therapist let me know that not all essential oils are recommended. I actually have one of those peppermint halo headache remedy oils and it says right on it “Do not use if you are pregnant or breast feeding”.
Post # 14
Not pregnancy related, but my husband gets migranes sometimes and massaging lavender and peppermint oils into his scalp and neck has helped.
Post # 15
Peppermint oil in a diffuser and a dark, quite room are the only reliefs for me when I get mirgraines, besides my prescription medicine. My FI’s mom gets horrible migraines almost every week and she did acupuncture which helped decrease them.