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Natural Migraine Treatment and Migraine Treatment for Pregnancy

I am pregnant. I get headache and migraines frequently. Can you let me know what can I do to relieve myself from pain, disoriented vision and vomitting during pregnancy?

Hormonal Migraine Treatment and Migraine Therapy

Many pregnant women suffer from migraine headaches during pregnancy. However this occurs only during the early stages of pregnancy. This is not a normal headache and it can be throbbing, sharp pain on one side of the head that can last for few hours or days.
A few minutes before a migraine attack, you may feel fatigue and tired and nauseated. You may also experience blurred vision or flashing light, tingling sensation in the extremities and increased sensitivity towards light and sound. If you had nausea with migraine during the non pregnant state, then you are likely to have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Again nausea and vomiting occurs in the early stage of pregnancy due to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Depending on the severity of headache, you may also suffer from disoriented vision.

Certain guidelines that can reduce migraine during pregnancy are:
  • Avoid stress or strain. If a situation or work tends to increase your stress level, find out ways of reducing or eliminating it. Practice relaxation techniques like breathing exercises, meditation or yoga poses that can reduce your stress level. You need to consult an expert as to which technique is useful for reducing stress during pregnancy.
  • Take ample rest. Symptoms of pain, headaches, vision disorientation or nausea suggest that your body is not getting proper rest. If you are working for the whole day, take frequent breaks in order to stretch your body.
  • Lie down with your feet up. Relax in a dark, quiet room to relax your shoulders, back and neck.
  • If you are suffering from severe headache or if you have fever with nausea and blurred vision, then consult your gynecologist immediately.
Certain dietary modifications that can be helpful during pregnancy are:
  • Maintain a normal blood sugar level. Eat healthy, small snack like a handful of peanuts, cheese crackers, and fiber biscuits. This will not make you feel hungry nor will you feel extremely full.
  • Eat frequent small meals rather than three large meals.
  • Take at least 8 to 10 glasses of water or fluid, milk or juice per day.
  • Avoid food triggers that can cause headache. Avoid foods that contain monosodium glutamate, cola drinks, processed meats, foods containing preservatives and chocolates.
  • Have simple balanced foods which contain correct amount of cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables.
Sometimes severe headache along with disoriented vision may occur with rise in blood pressure, swelling and protein in urine. This can occur due to Pre eclampsia especially if headache continues even after 20 weeks of gestation. Contact your doctor immediately if migraine is accompanied with these symptoms.
Submitted on January 16, 2014