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A Pregnancy Migraine: How Dangerous is It?

Updated on May 31, 2010

A pregnancy migraine can be a very frightening ordeal for an expectant mother though they seldom affect the baby. A migraine is a condition where blood vessels in the brain become dilated. As a result of all of the hormonal shifts a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy, migraines endured during this time can differ significantly from those experienced when not pregnant.

Pregnancy Migraine Symptoms

Probably the worst pregnancy migraine a woman can endure is her first migraine ever. Migraines begin as a dull pain and then moves to around your temple, the back of your skull or the front of your head as a steady aching pain. Additional migraine symptoms are visual problems like light auras or tunnel vision and nausea.

Women diagnosed with migraines who become pregnant typically have either a decrease, and sometimes an increase, in migraines. This is because of the abrupt change in hormones that being pregnant triggers. Small changes can activate a migraine and a change in the hormones moving throughout your body could either prevent migraines or begin a pregnancy migraine.

Preventing Migraines

To help prevent these migraines, begin being attentive to the foods you eat and your surroundings to determine what triggers a migraine for you. Foods such as chocolate and cheese, (and evidently caffeine and red wine, but these are foods you must already be avoiding if pregnant) often times cause migraines. Dehydration or sudden large quantities of sugar leads to migraines for some individuals. Also, stress and weather can cause migraines so also pay attention to these things.

Review what kinds of pain killers are safe to use while pregnant; most doctors concur that acetaminophen (found in Tylenol) is safest when pregnant. Migraines do not hurt your baby, but if you have misread the symptoms and are in fact suffering from another health problem, then you and your baby may be in jeopardy. If you have a migraine that persists for days, you have fuzzy vision or have a fever, then you might be experiencing a more serious health problem.

Ways to Alleviate Migraines

Following are some strategies you can try to relieve the severity of a migraine in action. Try taking a cool shower, or to cool the head down directly, place a cold wet towel to the forehead. Lie down in a tranquil, dim and cool room for a while to rest.

A pregnancy migraine is a annoying ordeal but is usually safe beyond the inconvenience it creates for the woman. Most pregnant women who are migraine sufferers have fewer migraines, though a few have increased migraine symptoms. With any migraine, the sooner you act when you feel one approaching, the milder the migraine will be. Also, figure out what causes your migraines and make an effort to steer clear of your triggers.

You can learn more regarding how to deal with a pregnancy migraine and other health topics that those expecting are challenged with.

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