During pregnancy, a lot of changes can be seen in a woman’s body. One of which are changes in levels of hormones which are essential to support the new life in the womb. However, some expert says that these changes in hormone levels are associated with uncomfortable conditions such as migraine. Migraine during early stages of pregnancy is also common since this is the stage where your hormone reaches different levels as compared to your early life. Prevalence rate among pregnant women may also differ. They say that if you are suffering from migraine in your early years before pregnancy or it runs in your family, then you might have stronger or more frequent attacks during pregnancy. If you are lucky enough, migraines may also disappear.
A hormonal change creates migraine by affecting the Blood vessels in the brain. They dilate the blood vessels until such it becomes permeable or liquids can easily pass through causing some fluids to escape. Once it reaches outside the blood vessel walls, your body’s pain receptors identify this and send out chemicals causing inflammation. This inflammation process explains why a dull pain is felt during an attack. It is regularly felt at the temporal part of the head. This dull pain may progress to throbbing and pulsating pain as your heart continues to pump blood which passes in the affected area. At times, attacks like this may or may not be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The duration differs from one person to another. It may take up to few minutes or may last for hours depending on the management. Other pregnant women also claim that they experience aura before a migraine attack. Auras are described as disturbance in sense of sight or smell. This may include flashing of lights, wavy lines, small black dots or even a distinct smell. These may also serve as warning signs that an attack may happen.
Immediate migraine treatment is typically with the use of analgesics or pain relievers. On the other hand it is still best for pregnant women not to take any medication without consulting their medical health provider since some medications may affect the child in the womb. They could give an advice or safe medicines to take in case an attack would happen. Also one good step to follow is to get rid of it, if not, minimize the attacks. Since attacks can be triggered, be conscious of the things that cause it like stress and certain foods. Some doctors suggest adequate rest, sleep, exercise and relaxation techniques would help decrease the occurrence rate.
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