Being pregnant can be challenging enough on its own without adding on persistent, throbbing headaches for 9 months, especially a migraine. Fortunately, there are things you can do to alleviate the pain and symptoms of migraine (which include nausea and fatigue, which doesn’t seem fair) during pregnancy that aren’t loaded with side effects.
Migraines during pregnancy can be brought on by a number of things, including pregnancy hormones, an imbalance in brain chemicals and changes in nerve pathways. Frequent triggers of a pregnancy migraine also include excessive cold or heat, glaring lights, tobacco smoke, loud noises and even certain foods and substances like the nitrates in hot dogs, processed meats, and artificial sweeteners. Women who suffer from pregnancy migraines can also be at an increased risk for hypertension, preeclampsia, and various other vascular disorders. If you are constantly experiencing what you feel are pregnancy migraines you should see your OBGYN; he or she may want to screen you for these complications.
Migraine Treatments During Pregnancy
Regular migraine sufferers who generally rely on strong migraine medications will have to give them up if they’re pregnant. You can ask your doctor what they suggest you do for treatment and there may be a few medications that are safe to take during pregnancy (you just need to be certain). In some cases caffeine and acetaminophen can help relieve migraine symptoms, just be careful not to consume more than 200mg of caffeine (2 mugs or 4 cups) a day. Unfortunately for some women, caffeine actually triggers migraines so you’ll need to test the waters a bit to know your triggers. If acetaminophen and caffeine aren’t working for you, or you’re looking for more effective ways to find relief, try the following options that have eased the pain of pregnancy migraines for many women.
Look into alternative medicine options. Studies show that things like biofeedback, massage, acupuncture, yoga, water aerobics and meditation can help relieve migraine pain. These techniques also reduce stress, which in some cases is a major migraine trigger.
Rest and Relaxation
One of the easiest ways to reduce migraine pain is to lie down in a peaceful, dark, quiet room with a cold compress on your forehead or neck. With any luck, you’ll drift off to sleep and wake up refreshed and migraine free. If you feel a migraine coming on, it’s always best to stop it before it’s in full gear instead of waiting for it to hit you full force.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic
This innovative and gentle chiropractic approach is a rapidly expanding form of healthcare used to address migraines that focuses on the intimate connection between the first two vertebrae in the neck (the upper cervical spine) and an essential portion of the nervous system (the lower brainstem). It is a natural, pain and side effect free approach that is ideal for treating migraines during pregnancy.
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Dr. Kyrie Kleinfelter and Associates of 1st Place Chiropractic of St. Charles Illinois are St. Charles Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Geneva, Elgin, Wheaton and Batavia. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems for children and adults, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders. More information can be found on their website at 1stplacechiropractic.com.