Long before I was even thinking of having children I was always wondering how on Earth will I survive having an attack and taking care of a tiny being that, let’s be honest, mostly communicates via high pitch or annoying cries.
I remember my Mom shutting her bedroom doors for a day or two, leaving us with my father. We knew to be quiet around those doors, not to bother Mommy, because she was not feeling well. Sometimes she would let us in to play quietly by her feet for a few moments. I never liked it.
So before my boy was born I was just prepared with a lovely stash of all of my favorite medications: Imitrex, Fiorinal, Percocet, Tylenol 3s, Xanax, and of course Ambient for sleep. Of course I couldn’t do any of these while breastfeeding….
Then he was born. The hospital’s pain management was a major fail as they did not wanted to understand that I do have certain tolerance build up and I was just in horrible pain. They eventually agreed on Percocet so I just went on with mine.
I think thanks to the shock of it all it took a few long weeks for my migraines to return to their normal patterns. Plus in the first 2-3 weeks I was taking that Percocet for the C-section pain.
I ended up not being able to breastfeed as I completely lost all my milk. I have tried Domperidone plus all the supplements, nothing help. It was most likely the results of the cyst on my Pituitary gland.
But after 2 months or so the migraines have returned to their normal pattern with on surprising change:
The migraines would wait until the baby went to bed.
I have found this incredible. I very well know I have a migraine, even how bad it is, but I am 95% functioning, pain is almost not there, high pitched noises are not bothering me. But as soon as I put him in his crib at night my knees buckle and tears start pouring out of my eyes as that migraine goes from 0 to 1 000 000 in about a milli-second.
Amazing what nature does!
Yeah, and if I take an Imitrex an hour before his bedtime I am usually good 🙂 (although that is, unfortunately, not always as easy as it sounds).
So so far so good 🙂 no ear plugs needed here, no super stoned Monmy either.
Hope it was like this for you as well or maybe you have some tips and tricks how to survive a migraine with a newborn/baby/toddler. Let’s hear them!