February 2013 Moms

Anyone else stop getting migraines during the pregnancy?

I am not looking forward to their return once my hormones go back to normal.  I've never been officially diagnosed with migraines, but I would get them 3-4 times a week, every, single week.  Not sure if the pregnancy is what put a stop to them or if going off birth control did it.

Anyone else experience this?  Do you know what caused them to go away? I want to be armed with good info if/when they return this spring.  Might help me finally get a diagnosis and maybe some treatment.

Re: Anyone else stop getting migraines during the pregnancy?

  • Yup!!

    Being on birth control helped to control the migraines for the most part, going off of it made them come back (albeit not quite as bad as they were prior to going on birth control), and no migraines since I got pregnant.  And actually, come to think of it, my usual winter-time sinus headaches have been few and far between as well. 

    The same thing happened to my mom when she was pregnant with me.  She used to get awful migraines for days at a time, but she said she never felt better than when she was pregnant.  No migraines and her only real symptom was some mild morning sickness early on.  Mine's been the same way, except throw in heartburn toward for the past few months.  And apparently since that's the one OWT that seems to be true, it makes sense - I was a little baldy (first haircut at 3 years old!) and my mom never had heartburn, and the u/s tech said she could see hair on my LO's head during a growth scan at 30w4d. ;-)



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  • I never get migraines during pregnancy either.  I just chalk it up to the hormones.
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  • I got them bad before DS but they never came back after he was born. I had one about 12 weeks with this one went to the chiropractor and it was gone instantly. So there is some hope. I've heard similar things from several ladies I know.
  • I have the opposite problem unfortunately. I never get migraines, let alone headaches really, unless I'm pregnant.  For both DS and this LO I had severe headaches (probably not a migraine just not any fun) for the first 20 weeks.
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    I got them bad before DS but they never came back after he was born. I had one about 12 weeks with this one went to the chiropractor and it was gone instantly. So there is some hope. I've heard similar things from several ladies I know.

    Ditto this.

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    I got them bad before DS but they never came back after he was born. I had one about 12 weeks with this one went to the chiropractor and it was gone instantly. So there is some hope. I've heard similar things from several ladies I know.

    It's really nice to hear this.  I was just thinking about the return of migraines, as well, and have really enjoyed having only a few during pregnancy.  Mine are definitely hormone-related, so I'm worried about the fluctuations post-pregnancy causing really bad ones.  My neurologist/headache specialist says she sees women come back to her to help about six months after giving birth.

    Anyone worried about breastfeeding and taking migraine medications?  I realize a lot of them are off-limits, but I guess this is something I can talk to my neurologist about.

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  • I used to get reoccurring migraines in high school and college that were tension related. The only thing that helped me was upper body massages weekly. I am allergic to migraine medication, so I can't take anything when I get one except for motrin. I didn't get a single migraine with DS1, but I have gotten 1 this pregnancy and it knocked me on my butt!  

    You could look into tension possibly being the cause, or the hormones. I didn't think about that! Maybe after LO gets here, try a non-hormone birth control and see if they stay away. If that doesn't help, massages really helped me. Maybe look into massage therapy, or get your hubby to massage you regularly! :o)

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  • Thanks ladies!  Yes I'm really dreading them coming back.  I'm hoping that maybe they just won't! I'm guessing though it HAS to be hormone related so maybe that'll help my dr. figure out how to control them.

    I was on 6 medications to keep my skin from breaking out before baby too and now I'm only on one and have the best skin I've had since I was 12.  Let's hope that stays post baby too : )

  • I get awful migraines when I'm not pregnant.  Every month when my progesterone drops I would get migraines for days.  However, since I've been pregnant I haven't gotten any and have been so happy! I'm so happy to meet my little boy, but I'm nervous about the migraines coming back.  My doctor said that there is a chance that hormones change with pregnancy that I might not get them back, but I highly doubt I will be that lucky!
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  • I've gotten migraines literally since I was about 2 years old. They went away for a bit during puberty and then returned with a vengeance. While I'm not pregnant I generally get a couple right before my period due to the drop in progesterone, with a few, probably tension related, during the month in between. The good news is I don't get them during pregnancy or while breast feeding, the bad news is mine came back when I was done BF my first DS, but not quite as bad. I'm really hoping they stay away for good this time, but the skeptic in me doesn't see that happening.
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