Research continues to be published about the link between migraine and cardiovascular disease. This one, published in the British Medical Journal, has to do with women who have migraine during pregnancy.
Many women experience a remission of migraine during pregnancy. However, many do not.
The pretty name for it is peripartum migraines, and they can be very difficult to deal with. Although there are many treatments available for these migraine attacks, many women need to change their treatments during pregnancy to protect the baby.
The study found that women with migraine attacks during pregnancy were at a much higher risk of stroke (15 times). There was also 3x the risk of blood clots and double the risk of heart disease.
Now, it’s important to realize that these numbers aren’t quite as scary as they might seem at first. Stroke is very rare in pregnancy, so it’s still going to be rare even among migraineurs.
However, this is important for doctors and patients to know because, if you have other risk factors, this does increase your changes. Information like this can help you make informed decisions about risk when it comes to what medication to take or not take.
Migraine during pregnancy is not something your doctor should just brush off and tell you to deal with. It’s a serious aspect of your pregnancy that you need to take into consideration and deal with – with treatment, not by ignoring it and living with the pain.