Headache During Pregnancy - 10 Migraine Home Remedies

Headache During Pregnancy

 

In the article: Pregnant and headaches – symptoms, treatment and factors involved, we explained the difference between simple headaches and migraines.

Here are some practical suggestions or home remedies that can help you avoid headaches and migraines or even remove them once you have them without the use of drugs:



10 Home Remedies to Treat Headaches During Pregnancy

 

1) Understand what triggers the pain – Food and Activities

 

Some women have found it useful to include in a diary what they had eaten during the 24 hours before the onset of headaches or migraines as well as the notes related to their activity. With what purpose? With the aim of identifying specific triggers of headaches.

 

For example, foods containing monosodium glutamate E 621, E 249 and E 250 nitrites (hot dogs, salami, bacon), sulphites E 221 to E 228 (preservatives found in many dried fruits and some salads), artificial sweeteners can trigger migraines.

 

Eating certain fruits such as bananas, citrus and papaya can affect the onset of migraines. It is the same with smoked fish, sauerkraut, chocolate, certain beans and some dairy products.

 

Also check if the cold or otherwise excessive heat are not triggering headaches. Intense or flashing lights and loud noises are all potential factors capable of generating pain in the head.

 

2) Use a compress

 

For a tension headache, apply a hot or cold compress on your forehead or on your neck. Cold compresses tend to work better for migraines.

 

There are economic and reusable compresses which can be placed in the microwave or freezer ( cryotherapy). Very convenient!

 

3) Try an eye massager

 

These glasses offer a pleasant relaxation massage in the eye area. They promote the elimination of stress and tension, relieve eye strain and mental fatigue. They fight fatigue in general, stimulate blood circulation and promote sleep.

 

4) Take a shower

 

For some migraine sufferers, a cold shower brings quick relief. A hot shower can be soothing for tension headaches (or a warm bath also).

 

5) Do not go hungry or thirsty

 

To prevent hypoglycemia (a common trigger of headaches), get into the habit of eating smaller meals more often.

 

Avoid eating foods containing quick sugars. And do not forget to drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Drink water slowly if you have a headache followed by vomiting.


6) Avoid fatigue

 

Try to make the time for a nap during the day. If an early migraine occurs, try to sleep in a quiet, darkened room.

 

7) Exercise

 

Regular exercise can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches and reduce stress which can cause tension headaches.

But beware! Do not exercise once the migraine is triggered, it would worsen the headache

 

8) Try relaxation techniques

 

There are many relaxation techniques that are useful for reducing stress and headaches.

 

How can one practice relaxation techniques at home? Dr. Servant, psychiatrist and psychotherapist responsible for the specialized unit on Stress / Anxiety at Lille University Hospital, participated in a program of relaxation that you can apply at home.

 

These relaxation techniques help you discover and practice simple and easy exercises to control breathing, muscle relaxation, concentration and relaxation.

 

Music ready to download on your computer, specially designed for practicing relaxation techniques, can be found on the internet.

 

9) Try a massage

 

Consider getting a full body massage to release tension in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and back.

 

Some people find it helpful to use electric massage gloves capable of generating up to 18,000 vibrations per minute.

 

Award winning in numerous awards, including the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, these gloves help to improve blood circulation throughout the body.

 

Localized or generalized, massage can be performed in three different intensities. It has multiple uses: cosmetic treatment of wrinkles or swollen eyes, physiotherapy, treatment of contractions and massaging the painful areas.

 

Pregnant women are content to use these gloves locally on the neck, forehead, face and shoulders.

 

10) Consider acupuncture

 

Bear in mind that acupuncture does not entail any risk during pregnancy.

 

Author : Alexis ROGER




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