Migraines During Pregnancy
How can migraines can affect you and baby during pregnancy and ways to safely treat them.
What’s the best way to treat a migraine during pregnancy?
Sleep, cold showers, cold compresses, exercise, yoga and meditation often help. Stay away from popping aspirin or ibuprofen, which aren’t okay to take during pregnancy (unless your doc makes a well-thought-out exception). But you can take acetaminophen (Tylenol). “Be careful not to exceed 3,000 mg of Tylenol in a 24-hour period,” says Simondi. If the migraine is particularly bad, go to your doc to see if a prescription is in order. “Reglan is often prescribed in combination with Tylenol,” says Simondi. “Some pregnant women take Fioricet, but it doesn’t seem to work as well for my patients.”
What can I do to prevent migraines during pregnancy?
“Keep a diary to get to the bottom of what triggers your migraines,” says Simondi. And then, of course, avoid that stuff.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have migraines?
“I have always been a migraine sufferer and this pregnancy is no exception. However, I spoke with my dr about it and she recommended that I take magnesium supplements. Perfectly healthy for baby. It really is helping. She said I can take 400 mg of magnesium oxide per day. Apparently, a lot of migrainous headaches are due to a mag deficiency. I take the supplement daily, and I have noticed a big difference in the amount of headaches and if I do have one, the pain seems to be more bearable.”
“I have migraines almost daily. My ob and neurologist approved me to take 1000 mg of Tylenol and 10 mg of reglan. Sometimes it works great sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes caffeine and Tylenol will take the edge off it... I also put hot and cold compresses on my forehead and neck, whatever feels best that day.”
Are there any other resources for migraines?
American Headache Society
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
American Pregnancy Association
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