Headaches and Migraines During Pregnancy

Post date: Mar 10, 2014 7:18:37 PM

Pregnancy, for me, came with a wide variety of symptoms and emotions. Some of the challenges that I dealt with were headaches and migraines. While some migraine sufferers notice an improvement in their migraines during pregnancy others experience worsening. There are many different causes to headaches and migraines that occur during pregnancy some of which are changes in hormones, increased blood volume and circulation, stress, lack of sleep, and irregular diet.

Many medications generally taken or prescribed to cope with headaches and migraines are not generally safe to use while pregnant. Acupuncture is an effective and safe alternative treatment.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the fetus and uterus requires a substantial amount of blood and energy which leaves the woman with a deficiency of blood and yin. This results in a relative excess of yang. These are a few examples of disharmonies that can result in headache or migraine during pregnancy. Acupuncture is very successful in correcting these imbalances by inserting fine needles into specific points of the body. There are no adverse affects of this treatment to either the mother or the baby. I found acupuncture to be a very effective method of treatment for my headaches during my pregnancy.

It is important to note that there are other dangerous conditions that can cause headaches during pregnancy. If you experience a severe or persistent headache it is important to see your doctor to rule out any other complications.