Your Migraines and Your Baby

If you suffer from migraines and are pregnant, you might be facing some rough days and nights after that little bundle of joy is born. According to a recent study, mothers who get migraine headaches are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic than women who don’t get migraines.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) studied 154 new moms who brought their two month-old babies to the pediatrician for routine checkups. Two months is the age when colicky crying usually peaks. The researchers surveyed the mothers about their history of migraine and their babies’ crying patterns; they then analyzed the answers to see if the reported crying fit the clinical definition of colic.

The investigators found that mothers who suffered from migraines were two-and-a-half times more likely to have babies with colic. 29 percent of babies with migraine-suffering moms had colic compared to 11 percent of babies with moms who did not get migraines.

The authors of the study say colic may be an early symptom of migraine. They question whether colicky babies may be more sensitive to stimuli in their environment like migraine sufferers and whether reducing stimulation may help colic like reducing noise and light can help with migraine pain.