Many female headache sufferers report being nearly symptom free during their pregnancies -- how wonderful!!
However, this is not the case for many other women. In fact, many report an increase in headache activity while they are pregnant and for others, their symptoms simply stay the same. So many medications have the potential to negatively affect a developing fetus -- and it is for this reason that physicians advise women to take as little medication as possible during this time (but preferably none). By following The Headache Preventive Lifestyle, women can reduce their headache symptoms and the need to seek remedies to treat them...and can feel well enough to enjoy this very special time in their lives!
It is a well-known fact that the less medication you take while pregnant, the better, because medications can harm the fetus. However, most women are not aware of the need to keep themselves medication-free when they are in the process of TRYING to become pregnant. If you follow the medication-free protocol of The Headache Preventive Lifestyle, you will be able to enjoy your pregnancy and the period in which you attempt to conceive, with little to no headache activity.
If you take ANY medication for headache and are TRYING to become pregnant, we urge you to consider the following issues:
1) Even with the most advanced pregnancy tests now on the market, women who try to conceive naturally can never really know, with complete certainty, the moment they become pregnant. Since the point at which a woman ovulates can vary from month to month, she may erroneously think that it is still OK to take medication to stop a headache, when it may be too late.
2) Depending on the medication taken and a woman's digestive/elimination process (which can vary considerably from one woman to another), it can take many days for medication to be entirely cleared from the body. Therefore, women who are trying to conceive really never know when it's "safe" to take prescription or non-prescription medication to treat a headache. Physicians are increasingly advising their patients to be medication-free for two-three entire menstrual cycles before attempting to conceive.
3) It can take months (sometimes years) for a woman to become pregnant. During that time, those who are prone to headaches will likely experience headache activity (and probably increased headache activity due to added stress about wanting to become pregnant). These women also will be expected to function in all of the different roles in their lives throughout the process. By preventing their headaches, they can help ensure that this is possible.
4) Studies have shown that women who are happier and feel well are statistically more likely to succeed at conceiving than women who are sad and feel sick. Learning to prevent your headache may even enhance your chances of becoming pregnant, because you will no doubt feel better -- body and mind alike.
5) Though many women do report diminished headache activity once they become pregnant, many other women report an increase in, or continuation of, headache symptoms during pregnancy. For those who either feel worse or who continue to experience significant headache activity during pregnancy, it is a wise idea to learn how to prevent your headaches so that there will be no reason for you even to consider taking a medication that could possibly harm your developing child!