While pregnancy is definitely one of the most amazing experiences, there can be some elements that aren’t particularly nice.
Headaches are a common symptom of pregnancy although they can usually be easily managed, unlike migraines. Mums-to-be, who are prone to migraines prior to conceiving, will notice a number of changes throughout their pregnancy.
Here’s what you need to know:
Why do migraines happen during pregnancy?
When you are expecting, hormone changes play a role in triggering migraines. However, these changes are different for every woman with some experiencing improvements and others finding that their pain gets worse.
Why do they get better during pregnancy?
Often, the increase in the body’s endorphins can help with pain management. Fluctuations in oestrogen and progesterone are not as pronounced as they would be when you aren’t expecting which might also explain why your migraines improve. However, not everyone notices improvements – some women’s symptoms stay the same while a few can experience worse pain.
What makes symptoms get worse?
The changes during the first three months of pregnancy can cause you to experience more intense pain. Morning sickness, which can cause you to experience dehydration, is also a factor, so it important you drink plenty of fluids, particularly water, and eat plenty of small meals.
When to be concerned?
While it is important you inform your doctor that you suffer from migraines from the onset, if you experience your first one whilst pregnant it is vital you inform a medical professional straight away as it could be a sign of an underlying condition, such as pre-eclampsia.
How to cope with them
While you need to wary of what medication you use to help you better manage your symptoms, there are more natural alternatives: avoiding triggers like certain foods can help, as well as managing stress, practicing relaxation techniques, drinking plenty of fluids, getting enough sleep, exercising and eating a proper diet.
What to do when you have a migraine
While the methods above can help manage the pain, rest, a warm compress on your head and a massage can help to relive symptoms.
Always speak to your healthcare provider if you are struggling with the pain.