Post # 1
I have been getting a couple migraines a month ever since i can remember. I was taking ibuprofen AND vicodin and swishing it down with a soda full of caffeine when they were bad ( probably a few times a year) – most of the time 3 ibuprofen and soda worked perfectly. All of which i can no longer do.
NOW my hormones are out of wack and the terrible migraines are a bit more often – anyone have any natural remedies they have used? I have decided to not use any medication during my entire pregnancy which is proving to be more difficult than I intended. I drink half my body weight in ounces of water every day already so does anyone have any other ideas?
Post # 3
Hmm… I saw the topic and was going to recommend the Tylenol I have been taking (it has caffine included in it) as that’s the only thing that’s worked for my migraines so far. Have you tried just drinking a caffine drink? Otherwise a cold cloth on the back of your neck and lying in a dark room can make you feel better… Nothing worked for me though, I needed the drugs. Good luck!
Post # 4
I had them for weeks on end in my 2nd trimester. Tylenol washed down with some caffeine is what my midwife told me. It helped me.
Post # 5
Did you wait until after your first trimester to use the tylenol?
I was just concerned to take medicine in my first trimester. I know its a class B drug and is said to be fine during entire pregnancy, I was just unsure. I havent seen my doctor yet to talk to them about it.
I am thinking drugs are going to be the only way – i am having a hard time concentrating at work.
Post # 6
I took them sparingly in my first trimester and still only take them when absolutely necessary now (19 weeks). My OB okay’d it and said to take as much as I need according to the bottle, however you may want to check with your own doctor first.
Post # 7
My doctor told me to have a little bit of coffee (caffeine). It did help a LITTLE bit.
Post # 8
@MrsB1015: I started a post on this a few weeks ago after a very scary complex migrane. Sleeping is the only thing that helps me get rid of them without medication.
Do you have warnings before they come on?
Another bee mentioned ginger to me which I will try if I get one again this pregnancy – fingers crossed i don’t! And also a few people mentioned drinking a little bit of coke or coffee really quickly when you start to get the signs.
Post # 9
I normally took Naproxen for headaches and it worked wonders, but that’s a no-no for pregnancy, so I take Tylenol which dulls the pain a bit. However, I have a hot/cold compress that you can either heat in a microwave or freeze in a freezer, and the heated one has been great. I just put it on my forehead and lay back with my eyes closed for ~15 minutes, and it helps a lot. Best of luck to you!
Post # 10
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I’ve had several in my first trimester and I have been taking Tylenol and washing it down with a can of Coke. Both of which my OB says are absolutely fine at any point in my pregnancy.
For natural remedies, I have used cold compresses. In the past I’ve also tried peppermint oil on my temples, and just plain old sleep in a quiet dark room.
None of it will ever be as good as the drugs you can’t take during pregnancy, but you’re not totally without options at least. You may also want to ask your doctor about Excedrin. The literature mine gave me says it’s okay, but I’ve been afraid to do it so far. I’m going to ask again at my appointment next week though. Some of these migraines are jut brutal. (My last one was 4 days!) So I’ll do anything as long as it’s safe. 😉
Post # 11
My dr is having me take magnesium every day as a preventative. And another pill if I get a migraine. She also said I can take Tylenol extra strength, excedrine mmigraine and drink soda. Caffeine is not off limits with her. Good luck!
Post # 12
A soft ice pack helps tremendously!
Post # 13
This prompted me to look up my med – I take Frova, which is a triptan, and it’s class C. GRRR. I can’t even use OTC’s for migraines normally, so if I get them during pregnancy, I’m screwed!
Post # 14
Have you looked into acupuncture? I did it the weeks leading up to getting pregnant for sleep issues and it really helped. I know I’ve read that acupuncture can be very helpful to relieve pregnant symptoms such as nausea. It might help with migraines. I’ve had severe headaches the last couple days and I also didn’t want to take anything. I took 1 Tylenol today which they said us perfectly safe to take the max dose of Tylenol during pregnancy. I’m going to call the acupuncture place tomorrow and see if it can help with Headaches.
Post # 15
@MrsB1015: I use a heat pad and do tylenol and sometimes try a bit of caffiene. It dulls the pain, but doesn’t work that super well. It sucks to have them though, since I usually take prescription drugs! Hang in there, and don’t feel bad if you do do safe in pregnancy medication. I was planning on not taking anything, but I have been so sick and miserable since I got pregnant that I def now take lots of pregnancy safe drugs!
Post # 16
As a frequent headache/migraine person there are times when I’m sick of “taking something” for them especially when it’s day 3 of a migraine. Here’s what I’ve used that isn’t a pill or caffiene to try and ease them.
Aromatherapy – Lavender or peppermint oil. Bath & Body Works make awesome stress relief products that have lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, etc in them. They have candles, body washes, lotions. Sometimes if I have a bad migraine I’ve dabbed a tiny amount of peppermint oil on my forehead or temples but it’s very strong and you will not feel it for a minute so just be cautious if you try this.
Vicks – (same rule applies, it can be strong so take caution if you’re not used to it) take a small amount and dab it on your temples or put some on your chest. The menthol for some reason has the same effect on me as peppermint oil. I’ve also put a good amount on a tissue folded it and put this inside my pillowcase positioning it so I can breathe it in while I lay down.
Trigger point therapy/reflexology – always took this one with a grain of salt but there are times I find this is the only thing that helps. Depending on where your headache is located – front, back, temples, etc will determine which other area to put pressure on. Look this up on google as to which area to put pressure on or to massage, such as common places like your hands or feet. Sounds crazy but when I’m really hurting I will try anything especially if pills aren’t helping!
Sleep – agree with other bees, if you can manage sleep try to but the pain can keep you awake and it doesn’t always work.
Hot shower/baths – let the water run for a few minutes and steam the room up then get in
Try to avoid chocolate or cheese as they can be triggers for headaches which isn’t as well known as the typical culprit of caffiene. Too much caffiene trying to get rid of a headache/migraine can cause rebound headaches – just as one eases up another one hits from your body trying to regulate the prior dose of it.
Hope you feel better and can find something that helps ease your pain 🙂