Migraine and Trying to Conceive

I want to share some advice I've learned about trying to conceive when you have migraine disease. There are a lot of considerations such as safety of medications and which doctor will treat your migraine attacks if you get pregnant. Watch for more info.


Key points

  1. Talk to both your Obstetrician and your Headache Specialist about what medications you are taking and if anything would need to change if you were to become pregnant. They will need to coordinate with each other, and it can take a little back-and-forth before you can get a plan in place. Need a headache specialist?--Click here. I also suggest your partner accompany you on these appointments if possible, so they will be on the same page.
  2. Have a plan, but be prepared for that plan to change. Even if you've been pregnant before, there's no way to predict how your will feel this time, so keep in mind you may need to reach out to these doctors again if things change.
  3. Do your own research. I felt much more equipped to weigh the pros and cons of taking a medication during pregnancy since I have viewed the data. The decision is personal and the more informed you are, the better decision you can make.
  4. Set up an alternative care plan: Depending on your situation, you may not be able to take medication if you become pregnant, or your medication could be less effective than what you took pre-pregnancy. I've found it helpful to have alternative methods to turn to as well. It could be as simple as yoga or stretching, or you could see a chiropractor, acupuncturist or other alternative health professional. Anything you can do to either supplement or replace medication will be extremely helpful to have in your toolkit.

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