Migraines and Pregnancy

Eve Sherrill York By Eve Sherrill York, 26th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Not having migraines under control when a person becomes pregnant could mean some serious medical problems.

Why Getting Migraines Under Control Before Pregnancy Is Important

In a perfect world migraines need to be brought under control before becoming
pregnant. Finding a treatment that is safe is not always easy. Usually migraines get better during pregnancy. After delivery they may get worse again and breastfeeding may delay relief for the first month or so. There are a few women that only have migraines when they are pregnant.

There is a higher risk of getting high blood pressure when you are a sufferer of migraines and become pregnant. A condition known as pre-eclampsia is another issue that can develop at this time. This is where you have high levels of protein in your urine. A patient with this condition may need to be hospitalized and fed medications intravenously. This is serious and the patient could lose the baby.

There is also a condition called migraine with aura which is a condition where a patient experiences flashing or sparkling lights, loss of vision, tingling, dizziness, even numbness. This has been linked to a risk of stroke.

It is important to eliminate or change medications that could be harmful to the
development of the baby. These medications could cause birth defects, low birth weight and even cognitive problems later on in life. That is why it is important to have this condition under control before becoming pregnant. So patients with this condition
should plan ahead.

It is important to have any new onslaught of migraines during pregnancy evaluated. This is because it could become a seizure, bleeding or stroke in the brain. Complications of this or such tumors as meningiomas or pituitary adenomas which are hormone-sensitive tumors can become enlarged during pregnancy. A spasm of arteries in the brain, which may cause migraine type pain, and other neurological
issues may begin during pregnancy also.

There are some lifestyle changes that can be learned or taken into account before pregnancy. Such things as diet, stress reduction, biofeedback, going to sleep and rising at the same time each day, deep breathing, acupuncture, stretching and relaxation can be added to the daily routine.

It is important to note that even over-the-counter pain medications can have potential
risk to your pregnancy. Anti-inflammatory medications, nonsteroidal, even aspirin,
ibuprofen, naproxen should definitely not be used during the third trimester. These could cause a heart defect in the baby and even result in congestive heart failure. If headaches are incapacitating there are some prescribed medication that can be taken
during pregnancy and have been proven to have a low risk to the unborn child. Such
prescription medications as meclizine and metoclopramide are considered safe.

Medications that should never be prescribed during pregnancy are Ergots such as
dihydroergotamine/DHE and ergotamine tartrate. These can cause uterine contractions and this could lead to premature labor and abortion. Others such as topiramate could cause cleft palate, and, valproate has been associated with neural tube defects or spina bifida. If you still have any of these drugs that you used before pregnancy be advised that these should not be used during your pregnancy.


High Blood Pressure, Migraine With Aura, Migraines, Pre-Eclampsia, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Problems

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