Migraine headaches during pregnancy: Is there an increased risk of stroke?

migraine2I don’t have migraine headaches, but my sister does. And they cause her serious pain.

This week we may have learned something new about migraines. Pregnant women who have migraine headaches may be at increased risk of stroke and other problems related to their blood vessels. Researchers just reported this information in a study published in the British Medical Journal.

A migraine is a very painful type of headache. The pain may pulse or throb in one area of the head. During migraines, people are very sensitive to light and sound. They may also become nauseated and vomit.

Often when a woman is pregnant, she stops having migraines. But if they don’t stop, she may be more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or other serious health problem.

More research is needed to confirm or disprove the findings from the new study.

In the meantime, if you are pregnant and having migraines, talk to your health care provider about what this new research may mean for you.

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5 Responses to “Migraine headaches during pregnancy: Is there an increased risk of stroke?”

  1. Dr. Jennifer Shapiro Says:

    Migraines are often a sign of health problems which may be the result of nervous system interference or malfunction caused by spine related problems. Appropriate chiropractic care can help locate and correct these problems and restore normal spinal and nervous system function. When problems to the spine are ignored, it can create chronic health problems.

    Being pregnant, it’s important to know that there are alternative ways to treat the pain and Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle, natural, non-invasive, and DRUGLESS way to remove any forms of interference to your health.

  2. Pam Says:

    Thanks for reminding us about how important it is for pregnant women to be careful about taking medications. If a woman is pregnant, she should always talk to her health care provider before taking any drug, even over-the-counter meds.

    Dr. Shapiro, our readers will probably want to know more about your post, so please share your sources with us.

    I quickly checked a few medical sites and haven’t found any mention of chiropractic treatment for migraines. So please tell us about any published research on this topic.

    I checked these medical sites: http://www.medline.plus from the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Clinic site, and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at http://nccam.nih.gov/.

    By the way, the NCCAM site is a good source for information on a range of alternative therapies and what researchers have learned about them. Here’s a link to their screen on chiropractic care http://nccam.nih.gov/health/chiropractic/.

  3. arogyam Says:

    a woman is pregnant, she should always talk to her health care provider before taking any drug, even overthe counter medis.

  4. Tabitha Zuazo Says:

    Cool. Thanks for writing this. Its always nice to see someone give back to the interet.

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