Besides that forthcoming package of life, pregnancy has a lot more baggage than first-timers bargain for. From the morning sickness to the food cravings, to the swelling of body parts and the mobility issues by the time the third trimester rolls around. But despite all of this, medical science has discovered a number of benefits that come with expecting, especially the reduction in migraines.
For those who suffered from migraines before getting pregnant, they have at least a 50-50 chance of having fewer attacks while carrying Junior around for nine months. That's according to findings revealed by the American Migraine Foundation, which determined that anywhere between 50 to 80 percent of women who have migraines won't experience them as much as when they are pregnant. And even when they do, the episodes are likely to be relatively minor.
The organization cites estrogen levels in the women's body, which increase once she's impregnated, as the root of this relief. This information has been encouraging enough for doctors to provide hormonal replacement therapy and medication to migraine sufferers. The treatment is supposed to emulate the effects of pregnancy, especially the changing estrogen levels for those who are frequently stricken by migraines, especially during menstruation.
Still, there's a sizeable minority of pregnant women who will still experience migraines. And because of that extra life they're taking care of internally, doctors recommend they avoid any pain-killing medications.
Instead, a number of alternatives are available, including rubbing peppermint essential oils over the temples or even having someone apply the same treatment to the shoulders and neck.
Others recommend acupressure that a woman can perform on herself, such as using the index finger and thumb of one hand to squeeze the webbing between the same digits of the other hand. Other pressure-point areas that people can reach on their own include the space between the eyebrows, the back of the jaw and even behind the ears.
Another remedy includes filling a bathtub with warm water, then placing one's hands and feet below the surface, with an ice pack or even a package of frozen peas or other vegetables draped over the back of the neck until the pain subsides.
A few swear by caffeine, while some prefer retreating from the light and noise by chilling in a quiet, dark room.
But for those who are already mothers and had a history of migraines, what effect did pregnancy have on those attacks? And what remedies did you use when you did have migraines? Let us know in the comments!