The prevalence of migraine attacks in women rises during their childbearing years and one in four women in the UK of reproductive age are affected by migraine. Recently researchers from Denmark tracked 250,000 expecting women. They found that there were higher rates of premature birth and miscarriage in women who experience migraines.
The Headache study included 22,841 pregnancies among women with migraine (including 16,861 with a liveborn offspring) and 228,324 age- and conception-year matched pregnancies among women without migraine (including 170,334 with a liveborn offspring).
The researchers also found that pregnant women who suffered from migraines were 50% more likely to be affected by high blood pressure during pregnancy. High blood pressure is an early warning sign of pre-eclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition affecting mother and baby, and migraine sufferers are 40% more likely to suffer from pre-eclampsia.
The study also found that maternal migraines were associated with a number of issues for newborns: “In the offspring, maternal migraine was associated with increased risks of low birth weight, preterm birth, caesarean delivery, neonatal dispensings, respiratory distress syndrome, and febrile seizures, compared with offspring in the cohort of pregnancies among women without migraine.”
Botulinum toxin for treatment of migraine
In another recent study, Botox was found to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Published in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the study looked at clinical trial data and found that botulinum toxin is superior to a placebo for treating migraines.
Researchers at the University Hospital in Toulouse, France, found that three months after injection, patients who’d been prescribed botulinum toxin for the reduction of migraines had an average of 1.6 fewer migraine attacks than those treated with an inactive placebo.
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