New research conducted at Montefiore Health System concludes that women who suffer severe migraine attacks during pregnancy may be at elevated risk for complications during labor and delivery. These include premature delivery, preeclampsia, and low birth weight. The risk escalates with age, with women over age 35 being 7 times more likely to suffer these complications.Study author Matthew S. Robbins, MD, commented “The results of this study were of particular interest because more than half of the pregnant women with migraine experienced some type of adverse birth outcome, suggesting that these pregnancies should be considered high risk.” The research findings are scheduled to be presented next month at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

Causes and Symptoms:

Genetic factors and environmental surroundings could play a role in causing migraines.
Migraine headaches often begin in childhood through early adulthood.
The onset of a migraine can be caused by changes in interaction between the brainstem and pain pathways (such as the trigeminal nerve).
Chemical imbalances in the brain lead to drops in serotonin (chemical which helps regulate pain).
Low levels of serotonin are subsequently overpowered by neuropeptides sent to the outer part of the brain resulting in a headache.

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    Migraine attack symptoms:

  • Pain on one side of your head
  • Pulsating, throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds, and even smells
  • Nausea and vomiting

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