You need to be able to differentiate between headaches and migraines. Basically, migraines are related to the widening of blood vessels in the head so that the pain that is caused is an inflammatory reaction in the head area. Migraine is characterized by a sharp and throbbing pain in the head, usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, disrupting appetite or making you weak.
Migraines in pregnant women can occur in the first trimester or second trimester. Migrant complaints to pregnant women can be triggered because the hormones estrogen and progesterone reach stable levels. Even increased production of endorphins in the mother’s body can trigger a migraine.
In addition, migraine triggers can cause mild to severe migraines in pregnant women. There are different combinations of triggers that can be controlled or cannot be controlled. Controllable triggers are too bright room lighting, annoying noise, smelly chemicals or foods that can trigger migraines such as MSG, fermented foods, dried fish or lactose intolerance. While triggers that cannot be controlled include weather changes, hormonal changes or changes in air pressure.
Complaints of migraines do not affect the growth of the fetus as long as the mother does not take migraine drugs carelessly, but should not be taken lightly. Research conducted in the United States says that pregnant women who suffer from migraines are at risk of developing health problems such as stroke, heart disease, pre-eclampsia, blood clots and also vascular problems.
Migraine treatment is carried out by health professionals to be able to diagnose migraines not other causes. In the condition of pregnant women, prevention of migraine is recommended rather than treatment using chemical drugs. Prevention that can be done is to stay away from foods or drinks that trigger migraines. You can use the food diary method to monitor the causes of migraines.
For those of you who get migraines when pregnant, you can take natural treatments such as:
1. Take a break
You can relieve migraines with adequate rest. Rest for migraine sufferers must be in a dark and quiet place, generally migraine sufferers are sensitive to light. So you can stay away from the bright light.
You can apply a cold compress to the affected area so that it can help constrict the blood vessels.
3. Relaxation therapy
Relaxation therapy techniques will help treat migraines in certain patients. You can use yoga and meditation.
4. Avoid dehydration
You can reduce dehydration by consuming enough water to reduce migraine triggers.