Study shows migraine medicine may negatively impact babies

by Missy Jaramillo

Study shows migraine medicine may negatively impact babies

With a slew of new changes and responsibilities to handle, pregnancy can bring about a large amount of stress. Additionally, it can cause new moms to experience migraines due to the anxiety that comes with anticipating a new baby. While heading to the medicine cabinet is typically the first thing people do in these instances, it may not be the best course of action. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now reported that migraine medicine - specifically depakote and depacon - should be avoided while expecting.

The reason for this warning is because researchers believe that these medications might negatively impact baby development. Experts claim that migraine medicine may lower the IQ of unborn children. Certain drugs that contain ingredients such as valproate sodium have already been labeled with warnings, citing potential birth defects.

"Valproate medications should never be used in pregnant women for the prevention of migraine headaches because we have even more data now that show the risks to the children outweigh any treatment benefits for this use," said Russell Katz, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA.

Managing aches and pains
While you might be familiar with pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, there are some that you may not expect as a new mom-to-be. Aches and pains are common, especially as you enter your second and third trimesters. However, there are ways around these symptoms that don't involve taking medication that could be potentially dangerous to your baby.

Canadian Living magazine recommends staying away from activities that put additional stress on your joints. This might mean avoiding running or jogging as a main form of exercise, as well as staying away from heavy lifting. In the end, your ache-free back will thank you!

Another easy way to ensure that you aren't in constant pain is to focus on your posture. Pay attention to how your shoulders are rested and try to keep your head up. This can potentially relieve tension in your back, and you'll also look more confident! If these tips don't help, consider speaking to your doctor about other ways that you can relieve pain. A medical expert will give you the information you need to endure nagging pregnancy symptoms.

How have you handled the aches and pains of being pregnant in the past? Do you have any tips for expectant mothers? Leave your feedback in the comments section!