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Should I continue take medicine for menstrual headache if I become pregnant?

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During the first trimester of pregnancy, estrogen levels rise quickly, then level out. Because of this, many women notice that their migraines get better or go away after their third month of pregnancy.

If you still get headaches, don’t take any drugs. Many migraine medicines are bad for your baby. An over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen is generally believed safe, but check with your doctor before you take it.

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: “Cut Back on Salt to Decrease Headaches,” “Menstrual Migraine.”

Mayo Clinic, “Chronic Daily Headaches,” "Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection?”

Harvard University: “Taming the Cycle: How Does the Pill Work?”

OBG Management : “The gynecologist’s role in managing menstrual migraine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Headaches Menstrual Migraines.”

The Migraine Trust: “Migraine and the contraceptive pill,” “Supplements and herbs.”

American Family Physician : “Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Migraine headaches in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

American Headache Society: “Menstrual Migraine.”

Drug Safety: “Migraine in pregnancy: What are the safest treatment options?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: “Cut Back on Salt to Decrease Headaches,” “Menstrual Migraine.”

Mayo Clinic, “Chronic Daily Headaches,” "Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection?”

Harvard University: “Taming the Cycle: How Does the Pill Work?”

OBG Management : “The gynecologist’s role in managing menstrual migraine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Headaches Menstrual Migraines.”

The Migraine Trust: “Migraine and the contraceptive pill,” “Supplements and herbs.”

American Family Physician : “Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Migraine headaches in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

American Headache Society: “Menstrual Migraine.”

Drug Safety: “Migraine in pregnancy: What are the safest treatment options?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

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