The migraine or migraine It is a type of headache or headache that affects many women during pregnancy. It is not a serious ailment, but if you have a history of migraine and you have become pregnant, it may be that at some point during your pregnancy you will begin to feel these uncomfortable pains, even more strongly and intensely than before, due to the changes they cause hormones in your body during pregnancy.
Experts estimate that one in five women will experience a migraine at some point in their life and that 15 percent of them experience it for the first time during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Migraine headaches produce moderate to severe throbbing pain on one side of the head. Sometimes the migraine is so strong that it can cause nausea, vomiting and a lot of irritation to the person who feels it.
The good news is that migraine headaches are not life threatening to the pregnant woman or her baby, and there are ways to prevent it in pregnancy:
1. Avoid activities or physical exercises that are very stressful or require a lot of tension and effort. Avoid anything that can cause a lot of tiredness or fatigue.
2. Avoid being in closed or crowded environments.
3. Avoid environments with very loud sounds such as discos, bars, fairs, etc.
4. Respect rest and sleep times. Try to get enough hours of sleep.
5. Breathing and relaxation exercises prevent headaches.
6. Avoid the consumption of some foods such as dairy, caffeine, smoked fish and sausages, among others.
In case you have migraines during pregnancy, it is advisable that you take some measures to alleviate them:
- Close the windows and the door of your room so that it is very dark and lie down in bed, without noises or strong smells. Stay in this position for about 10 minutes or until you feel less weight on your head.
- Placing a cold cloth on the forehead also relieves the headache.
- Lie down on the bed, and put two slices of potatoes in both eyes. Relax. This is a homemade technique that often has good results.
- Take painkillers as long as you do not have an allergy. Before taking it, you should consult with your doctor.
In general, the migraine usually subsides within a few hours. If the pain intensifies, you should seek medical help.
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