Should I go to the ER for a migraine while pregnant?

When should you go to the ER for a migraine?

Go to the ER if you are experiencing severe migraine symptoms, or symptoms such as confusion, fever and vision changes, neck stiffness, trouble speaking or numbness or weakness, even if other symptoms of migraine are present (e.g. light sensitivity, nausea).

Can a migraine harm my baby?

Many pregnant women have migraine headaches. Over half of women find that their migraines happen less often in the last few months of pregnancy. But migraines may get worse after birth, during the postpartum period. Although migraine headaches may cause you severe pain, they don’t harm your developing baby (fetus).

What can a pregnant woman take for a migraine?

Most pregnant women can safely take acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) to treat occasional headaches. Your health care provider might recommend other medications as well. Make sure you have the OK from your health care provider before taking any medication, including herbal treatments.

What will the ER do for migraines?

Opioids are, at best, a second-line treatment for acute migraine in the ED. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antiemetic medications, diphenhydramine, dexamethasone, and intravenous fluids all have shown benefit for treating acute migraine in the ED.

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When should you go to the hospital for a headache when pregnant?

Call your midwife, doctor or hospital straight away if you have a headache and vision problems and sudden swelling on your hands, feet, face or stomach. This could be a sign of pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy condition that can be dangerous for you and the baby if it is not monitored and treated.

Which type of headache is considered a medical emergency?

Symptoms such as a headache with fever and a stiff neck, a headache that starts with a thunderclap, a headache following a head injury, a headache with loss of vision or numbness of the arms or legs, or a headache with a fever (not caused by the flu) are emergent medical conditions.

Does migraine mean miscarriage?

Migraine increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Summary: Pregnant women with migraine have an increased risk of miscarriage, caesarean sections and giving birth to a child with low birth weight.

How much Tylenol can I take when pregnant?

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is generally safe to use during pregnancy, although you should consult your doctor first. You can take as much as two extra-strength tablets, 500 milligrams each, every four hours, up to four times a day. Maximum consumption per day should be limited to 4,000 mg or less.

How long do pregnancy migraines last?

Common migraine pain may last three or four days. Symptoms may include: Mental “fuzziness” Mood changes.

Can I take Benadryl while pregnant?

Benadryl is considered to be safe during pregnancy. Doctors and nurses recommend this OTC medication to help relieve allergy symptoms, even while you’re pregnant. Recent studies have found Benadryl to be safe.

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What is the best way to get rid of a headache while pregnant?

Treatment

  1. For a sinus headache, apply a warm compress around your eyes and nose.
  2. For a tension headache, use a cold compress or ice pack at the base of your neck.
  3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals to maintain your blood sugar. …
  4. Get a massage, especially around your shoulders and neck.
  5. Rest in a dark room.

Can I take Imitrex while pregnant?

Studies on triptan (pregnancy category C) use during pregnancy has been fairly reassuring. For pregnancies where triptan use is needed, sumatriptan (Imitrex) is usually the first triptan to be prescribed. Sumatriptan has been available longest and has the most safety data.