Many women develop migraines while they are pregnant, and some must contend with them on a regular basis. Knowing what medication to take while pregnant can be a challenge. For researchers, it is not easy to figure out which medications are safe as most pregnant women are not willing to participate in a study that is potentially harmful to their unborn child. However, new research seems to indicate a number of medications thought previously to be safe for use during pregnancy are actually dangerous.
The study was conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and looked at 4 medications commonly used as recent research has raised some concerns about these. Let’s see what was discovered:
- Acetaminophen: Used by 65% of pregnant women – Has now been connected to the development of ADHD
- Butalbital: A barbiturate now seen to increase the risk of congenital heart defects
- Magnesium: Once thought to be extremely safe but now rated at level D by the FDA (meaning it may not be safe)
- Ondansetron: Used for both migraines and morning sickness – Has recently raised concerns about maternal, as well as fetal, safety
All of this may sound very scary, but the facts are that no one really knows the effects drugs have on a growing baby or nursing newborn. There is one form of care that does not carry any risk for mom or baby, and that may provide you with some much-needed migraine relief.
Upper Cervical Care as a Safe Migraine Alternative
A connection has been seen between a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck vertebrae and migraine headaches. The C1 (atlas) is located around the brainstem and actually has the job of protecting it. However, if it becomes misaligned, it can hinder the proper flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to and from the brain. This may reduce oxygen in the brain or create intracranial pressure – both of which can lead to migraines.
Upper cervical chiropractors use a gentle method to encourage this bone to move back into place, thereby allowing proper fluid flow to resume. The low force correction that is used is very safe for both mom and the unborn child and may provide some much-needed relief.