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My Due Date: April 26, 2019
I have given birth!
Age: 39 years old
Location: Boston, United States

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13w3d - Horrible Headaches, NIPT Results
By Libelula264 » Posted Oct. 22, 2018 6:13pm - 486 views - 7 comments

Welp, my nausea is getting better, but a new malady has struck: headaches. Seemingly every day I wake up with one that only gets worse as the day goes on. Tylenol, caffeine, and water SOMEtimes help, but it's very hit or miss. Even when something "works", I still feel the headache prowling around the back of my head, waiting for the chance to strike. On Saturday, I had one so bad the only thing that helped was laying in a dark room with a cold towel on my head. If I moved, or coughed, OUCH. Normally I am not a migraine sufferer, so I don't know if that was one... but it was mighty bad. I talked to my OB about it at my last appointment, and at first they brought up Reglan (a prescription drug that is safe during pregnancy), but then found that it conflicts with my antidepressant (shoot!). The next step they gave was to see a neurologist, which I am trying to avoid. FX this is a temporary thing.

In other news, I got GREAT news in my NIPT results today: No increased risk of anomalies, and baby is a confirmed BOY! I am so happy, and so excited to tell my kids tonight! We haven't told them we're pregnant yet, but I have a sneaking suspicion my son (5) knows. We'll see how they react! We will also announce on social media soon. <3

Nothing new other than that... time is flying by lately, which I love.


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Comment from Kitten90 » Posted Oct. 26, 2018 6:19pm
I knew it was a boy! No denying those ultrasound pics lol!! Glad to hear the rest results came back normal <3 hopefully the headaches go awaysoon, I seem to recall having a lot of issues with headaches around that time too. But I also am a migraine sufferer and have been since I was about 10 years old

Comment from ericalee2 » Posted Oct. 23, 2018 8:28pm
I would agree there is something about the gestation period you are at with the headaches. Yeah, Reglan can have really severe anxiety/depression side effects. A very good thing you didn't add that to the mix. Have you tried magnesium at all? Up to 400mg is considered category A, or safe, for pregnancy and can really help with hormonal based headaches/migraines. It was one my OB recommended with my daughter when I got severe headaches during pregnancy. Congrats on the boy and good results in general!! I find out in a few weeks at our 20w scan and am SO ready to know.

Comment from Libelula264 » Posted Oct. 23, 2018 1:52pm
Thanks again! I could definitely cut down on the ice cream...

Comment from calvingirl » Posted Oct. 23, 2018 2:32am
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BOY!! I love boys! SO much fun and they have way cuter clothes lol.

Comment from calvingirl » Posted Oct. 23, 2018 2:31am
Well keep in mind that I tested positive for gestational diabetes at 24 wks, so keep an eye on that heart throbbing thing. Try to cut sweets and eat protein with every meal. Maybe you can avoid the whole GD mess I'm in. I'll tell you what though....any residual headaches I had disappeared when I stopped eating donuts and ice cream lol. It's one of those things it can't hurt to try.

Comment from Libelula264 » Posted Oct. 23, 2018 2:03am
THANK YOU thank you - so good to know this isn't crazy uncommon, that there are things I can do to ease the pain, and that it can be temporary. Eating sometimes helps me too... though if I eat too much, my heart sometimes beats super hard and leads to a throbbing headache :-/

Comment from calvingirl » Posted Oct. 22, 2018 10:34pm
I had the EXACT thing at the exact time. It was 3 or 4 weeks of horrible headaches, which came with nausea. They tried to put me on meds but by the time I got them, they had let up. Couple of tips. Frozen peas or brussels sprouts make a great head compress to the back of your head - helps the pain. Dark rooms, quiet, naps and eat before you go to bed. I found a lot of my headaches were due to increased hormones at that time which messed with my blood sugar. Eating sometimes helped dull it. Other than that, hopefully your body will adjust soon. They suggested a neurologist to me too and I already see one for sleep apnea, and she was like, "What do they expect ME to do?? It's a hormone headache, not a migraine..." I hate it when they pawn you off on others.

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