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Treating Your Migraines While Pregnant

If you are pregnant, your body is producing huge amount of hormones to help you body change and adjust to the little one growing inside you-unfortunately, these hormones can be responsible for causing very painful migraines as well. If you suffered from migraines before you were pregnant, treating them can suddenly become more difficult and limiting due to your fetus.

Many of the migraine medications you may have taken in the past are no longer safe for your baby. This is why understanding your headaches and learning how to treat them naturally is very important for your health, as well as the health of your little one.

Keep in mind that headaches are very common during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Some women are incredibly lucky, and the hormone changes while expecting actually cause their migraines to go away for nine months, and even permanently.

Unfortunately, not everyone is this lucky-some women's migraines even become worse. There are also women who have never had a problem with this kind of pain before, that suddenly start having problems when they are expecting.

Usually headaches start to get better after the first trimester when hormone levels become more stable. However, this is not always the case for everyone.

By definition, migraines are a type of vascular headache-they are caused by the blood vessels in the head constricting and then dilating. When the vessels do swell and enlarge, they cause the pain that you feel, along with the other painful symptoms.

Keep in mind that women's blood volume increases during pregnancy. Changes in blood volume may contribute to this painful problem as well.

Some of the things you may be feeling can include but are not limited to severe pain which often concentrates on one side of your head, light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting, disturbances with your vision, sound sensitivity, etc. These symptoms can be just as bad as the pain you experience, and should be treated.

Most of the medications that are used to treat migraine are not safe to take during pregnancy. If you have any questions on what is going to be safe, make sure that you talk to your doctor right away before you take anything.

They may want to refer to you a neurologist, or council you on more natural ways to treat your pain. If you are just starting to feel your pain, try working out slowly and gently.

Go for a walk on your treadmill, or take a slow bike ride. Getting the blood and the muscles pumping can help to alleviate pain before it becomes worse.

Try taking a cold shower to help dilate your blood vessels back to their normal size. You can also use a cold pack on your head or neck to help this problem, if a cold shower seems too harsh.

If you can, try laying down in a dark room, that is quiet and set away from sounds that can be painful. Stay in this room as long as you can, staying on one side, until you feel better.

Sometimes sleep is the only way to get rid of this problem. If you have a really painful headache, you may want to try to lay down and go to bed.

Massage your temples or sinuses if you can. Sometimes massaging your temple or your nasal bridge may relieve help relieve pain-it is certainly worth a try!

If your headache is accompanied by nausea and vomiting, you will likely be treated more aggressively to avoid dehydration. This can be very harmful to your fetus if you are not careful.

If you are used to drinking lots of caffeine before you become pregnant,following your doctor's recommendations to cut back on caffeine could bring on a caffeine headache. It is a good idea to reduce your caffeine as quickly as you can, to under two hundred milligrams or less per day.

You may get headaches for a while, but they will go away after a few days. Cut down a little bit a day at a time, and try to drink lots of water.

If you are careful to try each of these treatments, you may be able to better control your pain, while keeping your little one safe. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms, and what medications will be safe for you to take.

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Ignacio Lopez is a personal trainer and has authored hundreds of articles relating to physical training and home exercise equipment. He has been a health expert and physical trainer for over 15 years.

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