Post # 1
I’m starting to worry my pregnancy might be causing reccurring migraines.To preface, I’ve had 3 full blown migraines in my life. They follow the same specific pattern; first vision loss (aura), then numbness on the same side hand, then face. After that I feel ok for a bit & BAM! Blasting headache, nausea (sometimes vomiting). If I take liquigels at the first see the aura I can dodge the migraine (I have a dozen times) & just end up with a moderate headache.
So pregnancy… At 7.5 weeks I had a seriously debilitating migraine. When I saw the aura, I didn’t react; I had been tired all day & figured I’d be fine… WRONG! I was up all night in pain & threw up so hard I burst blood vessels in my face.
Last night (10.5 weeks) I had all the migraine precursers again, only this time it included trouble speaking, which was super awkward since I was at a big dinner. Luckily I took a couple of tylenols & some coffee in time so made it through with a moderate headache.
I’ve never had these symptoms so close together; it usually happens once in a blue moon! I’m scared my hormones are messing with my head (literally) & this might be something that I have to manage throughout my whole pregnancy. Has anyone else experienced pregnancy migraines? Did you find anything that helped?
Post # 3
@MrsRugbee: I think it’s definitely caused by the pregnancy hormones. I’ve had a couple of horrible migraines since around 6 weeks (had one every day and sometimes twice a day for a six day period). I usually have migraines when I’m stressed or I eat too much dairy but never have them this often. try taking one Benadryl with the Tylenol and that can help greatly with the nausea. caffeine helps so you may want to have one glass of coke along with Tylenol. Stay hydrated as it’s impossible to break a migraine cycle without extra hydration. Finally, my migraines did not stop until I got a prescription from my OB for fioricet. This has acetominephin, caffeine, and butalbital and that along with hydration stopped the neverending migraine cycle. I was feeling hopeless when I tried the fiorecet and that was the only thing that truly ended my migraines. I haven’t had one for almost 3 weeks now. Good luck and I hope you get some relief!!
Post # 4
@MrsRugbee: yep! I normally get them about 2-3 times per year, but starting at about week 5 until week 13 I think, I got them 1-2 a week! So awful. I’m sorry you’re experiencing vomiting! I had one bad one where I was dry heaving (with morning sickness hooray!). I just took Tylenol with a small dose of vicodin (dr prescribed), but it didn’t do much. Unfortunately I just tried to avoid my usual triggers (bright sunlight, lack of sleep, not eating enough) and just had to wait it out. Thankfully I haven’t had one since week 13 and I’m almost 24 weeks along.
I know it’s miserable but hang in there!
Post # 5
@MrsRugbee: I know this is slightly old, but just an FYI if your migraines are slowly adding more symptoms (like you mentioned, trouble speaking) this is something to see a neurologist about!
Post # 6
@BellaDee: Fortunately they’ve cleared up since the 1st trimester. I’ve been migraine free for about 14 weeks :). I think, in terms of the symptoms, I just never noticed the trouble speaking before cause in the past I was alone or not in a social environment when they hit, but if this escalates I’m definitely talking to my doc about it! Migraines blow!
Post # 7
@MrsRugbee: Yes they do!!!! I’m a sporadic migraine sufferer as well…I get sensitivity to light, nausea, and literally have to force myself to sleep for it to go away.
I’m glad to hear they’re gone! 🙂
Post # 8
@MrsRugbee: Did you stay migraine free? If not, did you find anything that really helps?
The only thing that helped me pre-pregnancy was hot, strong coffe with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and tons of sugar! It’s totally disgusting, but it even helped when the migraine already showed her ugly face, incl aura.
Im now 16 weeks pregnant and I’have had a couple attacks and when it happens I have to have a cup of coffee and it always helps. I know coffee is not too great while pregnant, but it really helps me and as long as I stick to one cup every few days I dont think it’s that bad.
Post # 9
@SoonToBee2013: I had my last episode at 15-ish weeks (I think). The only full-blown migraine I had was the 1st one. The other 3 had all the early symptoms but I drank a strong coffee with 2 acetaminophen & managed to dodge REAL migraine. Hopefully now that you’re in your 2nd tri they’ll stay away!