Pregnancy / Childbirth

Migraine in pregnancy - how to survive?


Headaches and migraines during pregnancy are very common. Many women experience them before they become pregnant. Some, when they are expecting a child, notice increased ailments (less often), while others are glad that painful migraines pass away during pregnancy (more often).

It is estimated that 15% of future mothers experience migraine pains. Therefore, if a woman took anti-migraine medication before pregnancy, she should consult a doctor if the specifics are also allowed during pregnancy.

How to fight migraines during pregnancy?

Migraine headaches in pregnancy

Not every headache in pregnancy is migraine. This term is usually used to describe paroxysmal discomfort, which consists of unilateral, severe pain of a pulsating nature. Sometimes it is accompanied by nausea, photophobia, vomiting, watery eyes, sweating of the body, hypersensitivity to smells and sounds.

Most often in the first trimester

Migraine in pregnancy occurs most often in the first trimester and is associated with hormonal changes occurring during this period. Often a side effect is a dysregulation of blood pressure, which translates into vasodilatation and migraine.

Usually, in the second and third trimesters, migraine headaches do not occur or are much less severe.

Migraine in pregnancy - causes

Migraine in pregnancy is most often caused by:

  • hormonal changes,
  • dehydration,
  • no sleep,
  • stress
  • hunger,
  • allergies,
  • reduced amount of caffeine.

Migraine is usually genetically determined and occurs in the family.