For pregnant women battling pain from musculoskeletal disease or migraines, a Nashville study warns that opioids are not a safe treatment solution. Sticking with drug free migraine treatments seems like a common sense approach when it comes to managing these horrible headaches during pregnancy. However, according to a report on Medical News Today this latest study out of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, suggests nearly one third of pregnant women on Medicaid were receiving prescription opioid pain medication.
According to the study that tracked data on more than 100,000 pregnant women over a three-year period, published in the journal Pediatrics, commonly prescribed opioid pain medication leads to the increased likelihood for the fetus developing neonatal abstinence syndrome. This is basically a drug withdrawal condition in babies; as a result of the drugs their mother’s ingested for conditions like migraine. The Nashville researchers found this led to preterm births, low birth weight, and other complications like respiratory distress.
If you are pregnant and suffering with disabling migraines, the Nashville based research, out of Vanderbilt University, should convince you that a drug free migraine treatment is your safest option. Recommended therapies for pregnant women according to American Pregnancy Association include:
- Diary – Maintain your migraine diary. It is more important than ever during pregnancy since identifying your triggers, like chocolate and caffeine, and avoiding them can help you avoid needing medication.
- Biofeedback – This therapy requires having electric sensors help you monitor your physiological reactions to certain stimuli, and thereby teach you to adopt better coping strategies. As with any other treatment, this must first be approved and recommended by your physician.
- Cold Moisture – Place a cold rag on your head or take a cool shower for chillin’ relief.
- Exercise – While exercise is great for reducing many health risks, and promoting wellness, it is an excellent stress-busting preventative. Most headache sufferers realize stress is one of their major triggers.
- Relaxation – Whether you can take naps or adopt soothing mind-body therapies, like meditation, relaxation will help ward off headache and migraine episodes and alleviate symptoms.