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A Lady with a Headache in the First Trimester 

A Lady with a Headache in the First Trimester
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A Lady with a Headache in the First Trimester
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M. Angela O’Neal

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190609917.003.0013
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date: 22 September 2017

This case is illustrative of migraine during pregnancy. In pregnancy, due to changes in the level of estrogen, migraines are often more frequent in the first trimester. The natural history for migraine, especially migraine without aura, is that 70% get better by the second trimester. A general strategy for management of migraines during pregnancy is illustrated. In general, prophylactic medications are not used during pregnancy, and migraines are treated symptomatically. Tables of the usual migraine medications to treat both the acute headache and to prevent migraine are included, along with their pregnancy classification and breast feeding safety. The chapter is meant to be a practical guide to migraine management during pregnancy and postpartum.

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