Many expecting mothers experience headaches and migraines during pregnancy whether or not they experienced migraines pre-pregnancy. If you did get migraines before you got pregnant, you might find that pregnancy improves the severity or the frequency of your migraines. A migraine is like a headache on steroids. We do not know the exact causes of migraines, and they are thought to occur with changes in neurochemicals, nerve pathways, and blood flow. This differs from a headache often caused by stress or tension rather than physical changes in the brain. Migraines can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, you may also have your vision affected and see spots or even get blind spots in your vision, and you could have sensitivity to light, noise, or smells. Whether you are dealing with headaches or migraines, this can affect your sleep, mood, nutrition intake, and overall quality of life. This episode covers diet and lifestyle changes to relieve headaches and migraines and discusses different medications and their safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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