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Menstrual Migraine and Pregnancy

(6 Posts)
cookiemon1 Thu 20-Sep-12 19:42:15

Hi I have suffered with menstrual migraine since pregnant with my son 5 years ago. Had a mirena coil fitted 9 months ago which settled down the severity of the headaches so they were controllable by ibuprofen (though have to take it for a whole week as preventative). I was feeling so much better that decided would like to try for another baby, however, after having coil removed last month the headaches have returned to their previously horrible level and I am now doubting that I should actually be putting myself through another pregnancy. I have heard that menstrual migraine often improves during pregnancy although thats when mine first started, so I am really not sure about risking it. Very worried about having to just rely on paracetamol during a pregnancy as have tried this for my headaches and it does nothing and leaves me feeling incapable of looking after my 5 year old. I would be interested to know if anyone else suffers from menstrual migraine and has been through a pregnancy and what impact this had on the headaches. I also suffered from PND during the first few years after my son was born and am not keen on experiencing that again.

Parisbanana Thu 20-Sep-12 21:56:55

I had my first migraine when I was pregnant with dd 16 years ago. Bloomin awful time really. Then they stopped (can't remember when exactly) and I never had them when I was pregnant for a second time. That said, since I had Ds 10 years ago, I have had a hellish time with menstrual migraines and only in the last year have got them under control (with sumatriptans)

So in answer to your question, I never had any in 2nd pregnancy even tho the original cause of my migraines was my 1st pregnancy.

Lougle Thu 20-Sep-12 22:20:57

I have menstrual migraine. In my case, the only time I was migraine free was during pregnancy. I've had 3 babies, and my migraines are so bad right now that an out-of-hours doctor suggested that the best treatment would be to have another baby grin. I told her the migraines aren't that bad wink

cookiemon1 Wed 26-Sep-12 10:00:27

What treatments do you use for your migraines? I have found that the only thing that does any good is ibuprofen but as I am now taking this for approximately 11 days a month I am a bit worried about the long term effects of this?

aimum Fri 28-Sep-12 13:16:35

I suffer with menstrual migraines. Both of my pregnancies were migraine-free, aside from 1 when I was about 12 weeks pregnant which fits in with changes in hormone levels.

Marrow Fri 28-Sep-12 13:38:37

Migraine free during pregnancies. They just started again two months ago but DS is nearly two now so I've had a nice long gap without them.

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