Natural Headache Remedies For Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

A guest blog featuring the wonderful Liberty Mills. Liberty is a Fertility Fitness Nutrition Coach and Postnatal Doula, mother of two and grandmother of one. She has written on Integrative Health and Female Wellbeing for Magazines such as Natural Health, Platinum and Frank and published News Week and the Daily Express.

Pregnancy and the fourth trimester throw all sorts of curveballs and obstacles your way, some expected and some not. So what do you do when you have a headache and your regular go-to over the counter medicines say, “Do not take while pregnant or breastfeeding”?

Here are a few pill-free ways to combat a horrid headache when pregnant or breastfeeding:

1: Magnesium: Liquid or powdered magnesium is beneficial for headaches. Low magnesium levels are often linked to headaches. You can also use a magnesium spray topically on the pressure point of the headache, as well as your calves or feet if you get pregnancy leg cramps and swelling.

2: The Great Outdoors: Go for a walk, get out in nature, and deep breathing is perfect for clearing the head. Or simply open the windows and get some ventilation going. So often, as new parents, we spend a great deal of time indoors, especially in that 4th Trimester period.

3: Hydration: Drink some water. Many of us are dehydrated and actually forget to hydrate throughout the day when caring for a newborn. Also, up your intake of watery foods: your cells absorb more water from watery foods such as celery, cucumber, satsumas, melon than from a glass of water, which mostly ends up down the loo.

4: Ginger: Ginger tea, in powder form, has been found to have the same effect as many over the counter migraine relief tablets, and it’s also very settling on the tummy.

5: B Vitamins: Up your B vitamins. These can be taken in spray form for those who find pills hard to swallow or want to reduce intake of bulking agents. Deficiency in B6 and B12 plays a role in headaches, especially with women.

6. Yoga Nidra: This form of guided mediation is a therapeutic practice called “wakeful sleep”; the body sleeps, but the mind is awake. It’s a brilliant way of catching up on sleep when you are still on night feeds. It is said that 20 mins of Yoga Nidra gives your body the identical rest and benefit as 2 hours sleep. And seeing as many people get a stress headache due to sleep deprivation, this is the perfect pill-free, toxin-free antidote.

To find out more about Liberty and her work visit: https://www.integrativeliberty.co.uk

Find her on Instagram @mills.liberty

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