you develop migraines during pregnancy, you must avoid taking any migraine drug
without consulting your obstetrician. Read on to know more about the migraine
drugs and tips for preventing migraine during pregnancy.
Migraine headaches are quite different from
the tension or stress headaches. If you are prone to getting migraines, there
are chances of you experiencing stronger headaches in pregnancy or it may
disappear altogether as well. In some cases you may develop migraines for the
first time when you are pregnant. Healthcare professionals have established a
correlation between hormones and migraines. Here we shall take a closer look.
in this case starts out dull and then turns into a constant pulsating pain on
the base and front of the head. Sometimes it is also linked with aura and nausea.
Some also notice flashes of lines or dots in front of them. Chances of you
experiencing blind spots or a tunnel vision cannot be ruled out also in this
Drugs during Pregnancy
Derivatives of ergot alkaloids are potent vasoconstrictors and first
alpha-adrenoreceptor blocking agents in the acute management of migraine and
related vascular headaches, but not for prophylaxis. Ergotamine and ergot
derivatives induce uterine contractions and may therefore cause premature
labour. Products containing ergotamins
or ergot derivatives should therefore be avoided as far as possible during pregnancy.
Acetaminophen is generally considered the right medicine for pain relief in
pregnancy. However, before you decide what is right for you, let your
obstetrician decide the right solution for you. Generally, you must not take
anything when pregnant without consulting an obstetrician. Again, it should be
avoided when you are nearing delivery,
as it can increase your chances of bleeding.
Continuous tripant doses may be harmful in pregnancy. Although there is no
conclusive evidence supporting this, it is better to take this only under
medical supervision or your obstetrician.
In case you are looking for anti-sickness medicines during pregnancy to deal
with your migraine pains, your obstetrician may advice you to use
prochlorperazine, chlorpromazine and buclizine. Make sure that these
medications are used only under supervision of your obstetrician to avoid risks
Metoclopramide and Domperidone are also advised by obstetrician during pregnancy.
However, these can be used only after the initial 3 months. Your doctor shall
examine you and prescribe the best possible medicine in right dose. So do not
take such medicines without consulting your obstetrician.
In case you are looking for preventive treatments, your obstetrician may advice
low doses of propranolol as it is effective to lower any possible risks in
Migraine in Pregnancy:
There are no dangers as such associated with migraine in pregnancy.
However, you must always call your doctor in the following cases:In case you
experience blurred vision
your headache persists for more than a day or returns frequently.
you experience fever with migraines.
Probable Triggers of Migraine
Migraines are generally caused by triggers.
Some of the possible triggers that you can avoid are as follows:
Remember, triggers may not be same for all.
Identify the factors that trigger migraine in you and try to maintain a
Migraines generally tend to get worse in the first 3 months of pregnancy. You
may not feel like eating or drinking due to morning sickness that might eventually
dehydrate you and lower your blood sugar level as well. Migraine can get worse
if you are not careful. Make sure to eat in small amounts and keep yourself
hydrated. This shall be an effective way to reduce risks related to pregnancy
The good news is that there is no evidence of any effects of migraine in your
pregnancy. It neither harms you or the baby developing inside you.
Common and effective home remedies that you can try are as follows:
You can get some relief by applying hot and cold
towel alternatively on your head. You can look for the hot and cold packs
available in different shapes. Since medicines are never completely free from
side effects, it is always better to consult an obstetrician or rely on these
simple home remedies for some relief.
(under supervision of an expert).
a nap switching off all lights
cold towel on
other relaxation methods like yoga or meditation under expert’s
Why is migraine common in pregnancy?
What are common triggers of migraine? What are the effects of taking migraine
drugs during pregnancy? Discuss