Apart from hormonal changes, there are several other reasons why headaches or migraines make things worse after childbirth, namely:
1. Lack of fluids
The condition of lack of fluids due to excretion through breast milk, urine and sweat is not balanced with body fluid intake so that conditions of lack of fluids or dehydration will cause headaches. This is due to the concentration of blood so that blood flow throughout the body becomes obstructed.
2. You don’t get enough rest
The presence of your baby will shape changes in sleep patterns. In general, you need 7-8 hours of sleep per day. If the rest period is not fulfilled, the blood pressure decreases so that blood circulation to the head will be hampered, causing migraine headaches.
3. Wrong breastfeeding position
If you do the wrong position or lie down properly so that it makes the nerves in the neck and head uncomfortable, it can trigger you to experience headaches / migraines. One of the wrong positions, for example, you are breastfeeding with a sitting position and shoulders arched or you are sitting without using a backrest.
4. Experiencing pressure / stress
Feelings that pressure you either work or psychologically while breastfeeding will cause headaches. During the breastfeeding process, you may develop headaches, for example by worrying about your baby not being able to fill your milk or experiencing burnout. Stress will block blood flow in the body, especially in the head and cause stress-inducing chemicals in your body.
Handling that is done when you experience headaches while breastfeeding is of course the safest is to use non-drugs to avoid the chemical content of the drug that passes through the milk into the baby’s body. Some women can treat headaches or by using relaxation therapy and other natural remedies. As for those of you who are trying to use drugs, the most commonly recommended use when breastfeeding and pregnant is Paracetamol or acetaminophen, and are usually safe for consumption for headaches when you are breastfeeding. If you are still worried about the choice of medication, you can consult with your doctor first. In more severe cases or in cases of migraine headaches it is very important to consult a doctor or neurologist. Any use of the drug while breastfeeding should be carried out carefully and under the supervision of a doctor. Although very rare, there are conditions known that link headaches and breastfeeding. Some women react to the release of the hormone, oxytocin, with headaches. The hormone, oxytocin, is released and causes the milk ducts to contract from breast milk. Oxytocin is the same hormone and is responsible for initiating labor contractions during childbirth.