Sixty-six percent of women who suffer with headaches typically find improvement in their symptoms while pregnant, but in the remaining women finding out you are pregnancy may lead to the following 40 weeks of your pregnancy to be undesirable.3 For this group of women suffering from moderate to severe headaches the only solution has been to deal with the pain or in some cases pharmacologic treatment for the pain, nausea, and vomiting. 1
The reality is that not all the side effects associated with the use of medications have been studied and other alternative methods can be taken to avoid harm to the growing fetus. Some are listed below.
- Manage stress
- Practice relaxation techniques
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Follow a regular sleep schedule
- Avoid headache triggers
- Include physical daily activity 2
- Upper cervical chiropractic correction
Dr. Justin Schallmann is among the few upper cervical chiropractic specialists around the world who have found success in helping women with headaches and migraines. Not only is chiropractic care beneficial to the mother to relieve headaches but research shows mothers under care report improvement in low back pain, malposition, bowel and bladder function, easier and faster deliveries. If you are like the thirty-three percent of women suffering with symptoms during this beautiful time of your pregnancy, Dr. Schallmann, wants you to know he can help you!
1. Lucas, S. Medication use in the treatment of migraines during pregnancy and lactation. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 13 Oct 2009. Web. Accessed on 23 July 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19728967>.
2. Harms, R M.D. What can I do about headaches during pregnancy? I’d rather not take medication. Mayo Clinic. 21 July 2012. Web. Accessed on 23 July 2015. < http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/headaches-during-pregnancy/faq-20058265>.
3. Marcus. DA. Managing headache during pregnancy and lactation. Expert Rev Neurother. 8 March 2008. Web. Accessed on 22 July 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18345969>.
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