Migraine headaches are a specific type of headache where blood vessels dilate in the brain.Tension or stress headaches have a dull pain and/or tightness around the forehead, back of head and neck, or behind the eyes, but they’re not quiet as intense as a full-blown migraine. A migraine can start dull, but progress with nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, throbbing pain, and even flashing lights in your line of vision. If you suffer from this “special” type of headache and plan on starting a family, you might wonder: does pregnancy make migraines worse? Turns out it depends, but not necessarily.
Dr. David Dodick, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Arizona and chair of the American Migraine Foundation, says there is good news. According to Dr. Dodick in the American Migraine Foundation’s website, “50 to 80 percent of women who have migraine before pregnancy may notice a reduction in migraine attacks, especially in the second and third trimesters.” Dr. Dodick adds that the decrease is likely due to a rise in estrogen levels. There is a downside, though. Expectant moms who’ve not experienced migraines before could actually get them for the first time during a pregnancy.
Likewise, and according to the American Migraine Foundation, those who have a history of migraines may experience stronger, more intense migraine attacks while pregnant. If these attacks are accompanied by a spike in your blood pressure, you may be at risk for developing pre-eclampsia and other pregnancy-related complications. So really, it varies from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy.
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