It's one thing to have to deal with Headaches in
pregnancy and quite another to have to manage the nightmare of migraine.
Like other conditions such as back pain and hayfever, migraine is something which women can either find gets better or worse during pregnancy.
What is a migraine?
A migraine is triggered by the blood flow to the head. When this flow is upset, symptoms are varied and can be unpleasant, even before the throbbing
head pain finally arrives. Symptoms can include blurred vision and sensitivity to light, feelings of nausea, experiencing diarhoea and being sick, or
simply feeling very tired.
The head pain is either localised on one side of the head or moves across the whole head, and may also be accompanied by discomfort in the limbs,
a ringing sound or feeling dislocated from what else is going on around you.
Pregancy for regular migraine sufferers
When you are confirmed pregnant, it is a good idea right then to check with your GP what he or she considers to be safe medication should a migraine
come on. Not all pain relief will be safe or advisable.
The best method of treatment is to control the triggers you are aware of, and try to avoid getting the migraine in the first place. If that is possible for
you. Are yours usually brought on by a certain food, or by stress? Try to build some healthy, natural stress-busting techniques into your daily life -
these are a great way to enjoy focussing on your pregnancy anyway.
If you have had migraines many times before, do you have certain routines that can help reduce their impact once you get the first symtoms? If a cold
compress or splashing your face with water helps you, then try to act quickly. Plan ahead if you are likely to be going to an event or there is a particular occasion where it's likely something will set off a migraine, and try to plan where you might be able to go and rest if this occurs.
Even if you have never had a migraine before, you can suddenly be struck down with one, whether you are expecting a baby or not.
Again, tell a pharmacist that you are pregnant before buying pain relief.
If the symptoms happen in a one-off episode, mention them at your next ante-natal appointment. However, if they return frequently, or go on for
several hours, consult your doctor, as the symptoms could be an indicator of a more serious pregnancy condition.