Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Pregnancy & migraine relief
This pregnancy has been a little rougher than usual in the headache department. With each of my other full term pregnancies I had only 1 or 2 migraines throughout the duration of the pregnancy. This time around I have had 3 migraines within 2 weeks. That's not happy math for me. At all. Basically you just have to tough it out. Much easier said than done with a 2 1/2 year old running around and a 9 month old to care for. However, I have found some relief from an unexpected source - vitamin B2.

After the first migraine lasted 3 days I contacted my midwives to see if they had any suggestions. They told me that the 15-16 week window is the worst time in pregnancy for headaches. They spoke with one of the doctors who suggested a prescription dose of vitamin B2 (also known as riboflavin) for headache prevention and decreased intensity of headache. It works. The second headache occurred only a day or so after I started taking the vitamin B2. It lasted only 2 days and wasn't nearly as severe. The next headache didn't occur for another week or so and it only lasted 1 day. Hooray!

Here's hoping that migraine #3 was the last one!!!

Another friend and fellow migraine sufferer suggested chai tea to me the other day. She had been teaching in a 3rd world country and didn't have access to her usual migraine medications but found chai tea to be very helpful.

Does anyone else have any non-medicinal suggestions?

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posted at 11:43 PM  

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Lynette said...

Oh,I hope you are feeling better. No suggestion, but will say a pray for you.

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Thanks Lynette! I am feeling much better. :)


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