Migraine Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Medication
Migraine pregnancy, breastfeeding, and medication are very complicated! Migraine medication and breastfeeding are even more personal than ever. Overall, migraine during pregnancy is just HARD!
I have been pregnant and nursing for the last 2 years. I was off meds while trying to conceive and was unable and unwilling to take anything while my body provided for my baby. It was a relief not to have to focus on myself. Did I get migraine attacks during this time? Of course!!!!! A LOT!!!
Migraine Medication and Breastfeeding
My pediatrician and neurologist permitted me to take Percocet, Imitrex injections (with a pump and dump to follow), and sinus medication to help with my pain. I did these VERY sparingly, even with permission, while nursing. During pregnancy, I suffered a lot. It prolonged my pain but knowing that I was putting my baby above myself gave me confidence in my decision. I would have significantly benefited from abortive drugs; I just didn’t. No judgment for anyone that does, though. It was just my personal choice during this time. I wish I had more information like this at the time.
Migraine while Breastfeeding
Once I was done breastfeeding, I was overwhelmed with the thoughts of drugging my body again and to what extent. I have always been on preventatives, rescue meds, and everything. Throughout my “medication vacation,” I started to journal my migraine life and joined support groups. I learned a lot during this time. It made me look at the number of drugs I was taking, the side effects I didn’t realize I was having, and the long-term effects it would have on me.
Migraine Medications after Baby
It scared me to think I would be poisoning my body again and to what extent. The thing that I know is this…I can not live without meds. I’ve been reading about how the body can heal itself and ways to cure yourself with food. Over the years, I have accumulated quite a list of foods that trigger my migraines—red wine, soy sauce, pork, draft beer, and on and on and on.
I have never committed fully to a migraine elimination diet, gluten-free, or any other diets that migraine suffers experiment with. However, I have always thought that because I have so many different triggers not related to food that restricting myself wouldn’t help. However, I started seeing food differently than I had in the past. Instead of thinking of what I can’t have, I have begun to see some foods as something I can and should have to help my body heal or stay more consistent.
Migraine, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding
With that said, I can not “heal” myself of migraine. It is a neurological disease I was cursed to inherit from my mom and grandmother. The wiring in my brain is altered, and I have many triggers that make them fire and attack. I am starting to believe that I can try to stop my wires from firing by living more proactively and not relying solely on drugs.
I have started to change my diet and how I live my life and react to my triggers and pre-migraine symptoms. It’s a slow process, but I’m starting to look at western medicine in combination with my medication therapy. In the past, I have relied on drugs and even migraine surgery to magically cure my brain of these life-altering migraine attacks and chronic pain that I live in, but nothing has healed me. My greatest hope is to find a combination of therapies to put my disease in remission or slow the attacks.
Like any good vacation, I have walked away with a more positive outlook on my mental and physical health. I’m ending my drug vacation with a clearer vision of my disease. I want to see medication as only a piece instead of feeling like it is my only option. I have felt like a lab rat my whole life. No migraine sufferer is the same, requiring much trial and error. I am trying to find a path to wellness specifically for me, medicinally and holistically.