How I Cured My Migraines During Pregnancy
Headaches and migraines are the worst, especially during pregnancy when you cannot safely take most headache/migraine drugs. Here is how I got rid of my headaches during pregnancy.
I suffered from migraines as a teenager, but they became very infrequent in adulthood. I usually only had one every few years, until I became pregnant. Around 15 weeks, I began to have horrible headaches. Eventually, the headaches became debilitating and advanced into full blown migraines. Of course, the only over-the-counter pain reliever safe during pregnancy is Tylenol, which did nothing for my pain. I used heating pads, ice packs, essential oils, total darkness, sleep, etc. You name it, I tried it. Unfortunately, my headaches became so frequent, causing issues with elevated blood pressure. My OBGYN suggested Magnesium Oxide. My headaches resolved after only a few days. Over time, it also seemed to help regulate my pregnancy related high blood pressure. I am currently 38 weeks pregnant and I have not had a headache since I started the Magnesium. I recommend it to anyone who suffers from frequent headaches. Below is some information about Magnesium and headache prevention.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that our body needs. It can help stabilize blood pressure, improve overall bone health, and help maintain a stable heart rhythm. Symptoms of low magnesium include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, muscle cramping, tingling, and muscle contractions. Increased headaches and migraines is also linked to low magnesium.
There are several forms of Magnesium, but the magnesium oxide is the form most used to prevent migraines. It is over-the-counter and found in pill-form. The recommended dose is 400 mg to 500 mg per day. Magnesium oxide in doses of 400 mg per day is a pregnancy category A, which means it is safe to use during pregnancy. Studies have shown that regular use of magnesium oxide reduced the frequency of headaches, migraines, and menstrual-related migraines by 41.6 percent.
“In 2012, the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology reviewed the studies on medications used for migraine prevention and gave magnesium a Level B rating, that is, it is probably effective and should be considered for patients requiring migraine preventive therapy. Because of its safety profile and the lack of serious side effects, magnesium is often chosen as a preventive strategy either alone, or with other preventive medications.
Magnesium oxide, in tablet form, is very inexpensive, does not require a prescription, and may be considered as very reasonable prevention in those who have a history of aura, menstrual related migraine, no health insurance, or who may become pregnant.” Deborah Tepper, MD, The Headache Center Cleveland Clinic
Speak to your doctor before taking magnesium, especially if you have any of the following conditions.
- Bleeding disorders
- Heart block
- Kidney problems
Some medications may interact with magnesium, including antibiotics, diuretics, muscle relaxants, and heart medications.
Having too much magnesium is rare, but can cause unwanted side effects, including low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, slowed breathing, and coma.