Tips to relieve migraine without medication during pregnancy

Aches, pain and discomfort is pretty common in pregnancy. One of such occurrences is headache, and the most common are tension headaches and migraine headaches. 

In the first trimester, migraine attacks often become more frequent, but later in pregnancy, they should become less frequent. However, in the second and third trimesters, attacks are typically lesser.

Migraines affect 15 to 20% of pregnant women. More than half of women report that their migraines become less frequent in the last few months of pregnancy. Migraines, on the other hand, may worsen after delivery, during the postpartum period. Although migraine headaches can be excruciating for the mother, they pose no risk to the growing fetus.

Migraines during pregnancy are usually not a cause for concern if a woman has a history of migraine headaches and no other health issues. However, if a migraine-like headache arises for the first time during pregnancy, it is critical to rule out any other potentially hazardous conditions, such as bleeding in the brain, meningitis (infection of the brain tissues), or malignancies. Additional tests may be required to pinpoint the source of the headache.

Methods to relieve migraine : 

Hot or cold pack

The principle of thermal expansion and contraction: cold compresses the blood vessels, reduces the congestion of blood vessels in the brain, has an analgesic effect, and relieves the symptoms of migraine.

Hot bath  

Hot bath can make the whole body vasodilate, weaken nervous tension and sensitivity

After bathing, the body is clean and refreshed.

Jogging or exercise

Can try to brisk walk or do some yoga. Mothers will feel better and happier after exercising and it also helps in relieving the symptoms of migraine.

Eat some snacks or drink more water

Hypoglycemia in pregnancy or dehydration can cause headaches too. Mothers can eat some nuts or snacks and also water to avoid hypoglycemic attack and dehydration. This will help with fetal brain development too. 

Enough rest

Mothers must have enough rest, take a nap or listen to soft music.

Turn down the lights

Some people who get headaches become sensitive to light. Bright office lights or even the bright light from a smartphone may make symptoms worse. It may help to rest in a dark or dimly lit room while recovering from a headache.

Try some herbal tea

Herbal tea may be a useful way to add water to the diet while also enjoying the benefits of other natural compounds. Ginger powder has similar effects to a common medication for reducing migraines. A simple tea of warm water and ginger powder may help with symptoms. Other potentially calming teas include herbs such as peppermint, chamomile, and lavender.

Check for food intolerance

Sometimes food intolerances may be the underlying cause of symptoms such as a headache. If a headache seems to show up after meals, it’ll be helpful to keep a food journal of everything you eat each day. This may enable you to identify and avoid any foods that could trigger a headache.

Essential oil

Aromatherapy that uses some essential oils may also relieve symptoms of a headache. Inhaling lavender essential oil for 15 minutes can reduce the severity of headaches, according to study. The smells of essential oils may bother some people, and experimenting with different oils that you find relaxing may be a way to ease headache symptoms.

When it comes to migraine, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. So, you need to try and identify which solution relieves your headache best. Especially when you’re pregnant, you need to be more careful. If your headache continues, it is best to consult your doctor for further treatment.

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