Anyone have any natural remedies for migraines? The auras started this morning and I am probably going to be incapacitated in an hour :( Sipping coffee (which is the last thing my nauseated self wants) but I am at a loss for other remedies!
This is not health care advice, and always do your own research and speak to your health care provider before doing anything suggested...
I was told by a pharmacist that acetaminophen is really the only OTC you can use (ibuprofen/naproxen/aspirin can cause bleeding/blood thinning).
I did some searching and found that magnesium deficiency is fairly common, especially in pregnant women. I moved and can no longer see the midwife I had for my first, but a friend of mine is currently seeing her and experiencing the same headaches, and magnesium supplementation and Epsom salt baths were suggested. I found that the baths helped, and you can get Epsom salts at your local dollar store.
Caffeine may also help. (Which reminds me, I have chocolate to eat...)
Other that that, I've been doing dark quiet room, lemon water/seltzer, and ice packs on my neck. I was quite sick with my first pregnancy even at this point, but I've only had the migraines with this one.
dh's neurologist has him taking magnesium, b2, and coq10 to hopefully prevent migraines. he hasn't had any since he started that... but he also only ever had 2 before seeing the neuro! (they were 5 days apart!) His first one I rushed him to the ER because his aura before the headache looked exactly like a stroke.
My midwife and doc have me taking magnesium, D3 and B6, as well as adding in plenty of hydration and rest (haha, right?). The vitamins seem to help, so I would try those. Also, massage and osteopathic manipulation or acupuncture can really help with migraines and are safe (even good) for baby.
I don't normally suffer from headaches, I drink plenty of water, get good sleep (for the most part), and exercise. However, ever since hitting about week 6 with my pregnancy I have been either waking up with a headache (migraine?) in the morning that is so bad that it hurts to open my eyes or move my head, or I get one right before I am hoping to sleep for the night. I've been pretty much living off Tylenol, which I know is the one thing pregnant women can take, but it still makes me nervous to take it every day because of these headaches. I think that I might try the magnesium and B6 vitamins others have talked about... but this is causing a lot of worry and inconvenience.
You should try to get off Tylenol. It is not good for your liver or liver development in your baby if you are taking it for a prolonged time. Try a low dose magnesium or what helps me through my headaches is cell salt No. 7 Magnesium phosphate. Take as many of those as you need. Seeing my physical therapist has helped a great deal too. Since she set my neck right again my headaches have gone from daily to maybe once a week but very mild. I will have to see her again soon to get the rest of those hardened muscles back there worked up.
So here is an interesting twist. I had an appointment this morning. It is my practice's policy to have you see a doctor on the second visit, after which point you can continue seeing your midwife. So I saw this doctor, who told me all my bloodwork was spectacular, the heartbeat was spectacular, my Harmony test all came back negative, my blood pressure was 112/68..She even complimented me with how effortlessly I got on the table and off the table.
Then I mentioned to her my headaches. And she got all worked up at how when I hit the third trimester we will have to watch me very closely, because pre eclampsia presents with visual disturbances like my auras..etc etc.
I have zero history of any blood pressure issues. I am a healthy weight, have never smoked, and am fairly active chasing after a crazy 2 year old. Don't you think that this was jumping the gun just a tad, when at 14 weeks I complain of migraines? The way we left it was me promising to call if things get worse or if I have any other problems.
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I would not be too worried about what the doc told you. Since the beginning of this pregnancy, I have been bugged with headaches, migraines with and without aura. I did some research and apparently there are a lot of pregnant women out there who suffer from such headaches trough their first trimester or even longer. If they all would have pre eclampsia at the end of their pregnancy, wow, I would be super surprised.
I think it is just something they need to be aware of. My midwifes ask about headaches as well. I know it's hard not to worry, but I would try and not borrow any trouble for now, just stay aware. Migraines can be triggered by hormones, so I definitely don't think you're doomed to pre eclampsia. It's just the kind of thing that if they know about, they can treat, but if it isn't caught can be very, very serious.
That is DEFINITELY jumping the gun Kate. You should be monitored however you're comfortable with of course, but monitoring for pre-e is standard for any care provider. If you are seeing midwives, they typically draw a second hemoglobin level at around 28 weeks to look for a good drop, which reflects blood volume expansion. That is the most important thing. If you were really concerned and still having migraines by then, there are simple labs to rule out pre-e issues you could request (which really would be overkill with headaches being the only issue). Those labs which look at your kidney and liver function cost about $50 out of pocket if you order them yourself from directlabs.com even. I DO have BP issues, and am still not seeing a doctor because of this sort of hogwash. It is easier and (I think) safer to literally manage my pregnancy myself, even though I'm not considered super low risk. They are terrified of pregnant women, and make the experience unnecessarily dramatic when simple, commonsense, low-tech approaches are just as effective and are supported by physiology and research.
Sorry for the rant. That stuff just makes me crazy. I hope the midwives you are working with help to put it all in perspective if you still have questions or concerns.
I agree with this. And furthur, they terrify pregnant women, in some cases purposefully to push their own agenda. It's very frustrating and frankly cruel.
Oh these docs can be so terrible. From what I have experienced is that they just blurt it out without even thinking about how that makes a pregnant woman feel like. In my second pregnancy my gyn kept making comments about how low-lying the baby already was at 20 weeks and that I would not carry to term and that the baby would def. be born soooo much sooner and I should be prepared for a preeemie Fact is I delivered 3 days past EDD. But he sure got me worried and all that and I would not have needed to. Stupid!
I also have been having headaches, I wouldn't say migraines, but I am not usually prone to headaches at all and they have been coming along fairly frequently. I emailed my mw and I will quote her suggestions below, as they seemed like really good hints...
"Blech! Pregnancy headaches are no fun, unfortunately, they are very very common. Sometimes the hormones which are in great numbers in your body can over-load the liver a bit, back up in the system and cause headaches. As well, if you are having any slowing of bowel movements which is also quite common in pregnancy, can cause headaches due to slight toxic back-up (sounds worse than it is). My suggestions: Try putting lemon in your water, this will help cleanse the liver and help it to more effectively process hormones. Also, I am HUGE fan of getting a liquid electrolyte supplement, and adding the recommended dosage to your water. Electrolyte imbalance is common in pregnancy due to hormone's as well, and it does wonders for headaches (and later on helps with calf spasms). Also, if you can manage a half hour of cardio, even in the form of a brisk walk, that would help on all levels for your body to process hormones, and keep bowels moving. Please consider a visit to the chiropractor, this is also very helpful for all the shifts and transitions that your body is going through. Also try dabbing a bit of lavender behind the ear. These are my favorite suggestions, but please let me know if the headaches are getting worse, or if you need a second level of recommendations."
I plan to exercise all of these, as they don't seem too difficult, and worth it if the headaches go away!