Relief to Migraines and Pregnancy Head Aches

  Pregnancy can become difficult and stressful which is why you should learn some simple steps to help avoid some of these situations. Migraines and head aches become more frequent in women who are pregnant. Relief to migraines and pregnancy head aches can keep you and your baby both healthy. Head aches and/or migraines are a complex issue as to exactly what causes them. Many scientists and health care professionals link the cause to changes in blood flow in the brain. If you have too much blood flowing through your brain, it can cause the blood vessels to expand because they need to hold more blood. This expanding of blood vessels is what some researchers believe is one of the main causes of head aches.

 

When your pregnant there are a lot of changes in your body that you may notice. Some issues that can arise are infections, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and so on. Pregnant women are more susceptible to these certain diseases due to the changes in their body while carrying a baby. The blood flow distribution will change through your whole body because your baby needs to be supplied with food and nutrients. This change in blood flow is thought to contribute to pregnancy head aches and migraines.

 

When considering treatment if you experience any pain with head aches and/or migraines you must keep in mind that some treatments may not be safe when you’re pregnant. If you are prescribed any medication, during any trimester make sure you ask your pharmacist or doctor if it is ok to take while you are pregnant. Prescription medications can have all kinds of side effects and can harm your baby in some cases. Make sure you do your research and ask a pharmacist if your medications are safe for both you and your baby. Quick side note, if you do become pregnant and you were on medication prior to pregnancy, make sure you contact your doctor and pharmacist to make sure all of your medications will not risk any harm to yourself or baby.

So you may be thinking how do I treat these awful pregnancy head aches? Well, you’re in luck. There are some over the counter treatments you can use and even some at home treatments that should help. Tylenol is the safest and most effective way to treat head ache pain if your pregnant. It is recommended that you read the directions on how to take it but usually 500mg every 6 hours should knock your head aches right out. If you drink some form of caffeine, in this case it is good for you. The caffeine causes blood vessels in your brain to constrict, which helps to relieve the pain associated with head aches. If you drink a caffeinated drink and take Tylenol you should experience the pain to diminish within 20-30 minutes.

You can also find relief from non medication alternatives. Firstly, sometimes light can cause these horrible head aches. If you’re experiencing one then try turning the lights down, turn the sound down so it is nice and peaceful. This tranquility sometimes is enough to get you feeling better again. Another option can be take a nice, warm bubble bath. Relaxing and relieving some tension and stress can help reduce the frequency and pain associated with migraines and head aches.

To sum it up, if you are pregnant and need to find relief for head aches, you should first try some treatments that don’t involve medication. If you have no relief, you can step up to Tylenol and some caffeine, and if that doesn’t work then a trip to the doctor’s office should be in order.

 

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