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Self-Care and Tests for Migraines Headache Headaches can be caused by a pregnancy complication
called preeclampsia. So your doctor may evaluate you for that condition
before making a diagnosis of migraine. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the
medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter products and natural supplements. Also let your doctor know whether anyone in
your family has had migraines. The doctor often can diagnose migraine from
a headache diary and your medical history. CT scans and other radiology tests to rule
out other causes of your headaches aren’t usually advised in pregnancy. That’s because of the potential risks to the
fetus. Self-Care of Migraines
Your first line of defense against migraine headaches is a healthy lifestyle and self-care. Here are some tips to help you manage migraines
during pregnancy: • Avoid your known triggers, such as specific
foods, as much as possible. • Keep a predictable schedule of meals and
snacks. • Drink plenty of water. • Get plenty of rest. • Consider taking a class in biofeedback
or other relaxation techniques. • When pain strikes, try ice packs, massage,
and resting in a quiet, darkened room.

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