Migraine During Pregnancy – How to Cope With It?

Migraine headaches are the type of headaches that causes due to dilation of blood vessels in the brain. However, these pains are different from the headache of stress and tension. If you are prone towards headaches of migraine, then you might have stronger headaches or else it may get reduced.

Whenever a woman is expecting she tends to get a migraine and the women those who are having a history of migraine are likely to get more migraines.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy influence the occurrence of migraines in females. In 55 to 90% of pregnant women, migraines can be mostly observed in the last two trimesters regardless of the form of migraine. A larger percentage of females having migraine find that the number of getting migraine attack reduces during pregnancy. It happens due to the changes in the level of estrogen that leads to the deterioration of migraine. The reduction of migraine is a positive impact on pregnancy.


Migraine generally begins as a slight ache and then gradually becomes pulsating on the neck or at different parts of the head.

Nausea and vomiting are sometimes associated with migraines. Some individuals may also have an aura. An aura is wavy or sharp rows of blinking lights. You can also see blind spots.


Always maintain a diary to keep a note of headaches, its time of occurrence, duration and factors that triggers them. Some common factors that trigger migraine are stress, coffee, weather and hormones.

There are certain home remedies for treating migraine:

  • A cold shower
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • meditation or yoga


Preferably 1000 mg of paracetamol (acetaminophen) is regarded as the first option drug therapy for treating severe migraine attacks as a suppository. The dangers of using aspirin (acetylsalicylic alcohol) and ibuprofen are regarded to be low when the drugs are consumed episodically and if avoided during the last trimester of pregnancy.

During pregnancy, you must not take any medicine that contains aspirin or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin) unless a health care provider prescribes it. Consult your doctor and he will prescribe you with the best type of pain relief that will be suitable to give relief from your migraines.

Note: medicine intake must be done as prescribed by the doctor.

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