As I lay on my bed last night, suffering with a level eight migraine and wanting to throw my head against a wall, I realized something important: my migraine toolkit is going to need a serious upgrade to go with the new baby.
I plan to nurse, which means almost all of the medications that are off limits now will continue to be off limits for the near future. Additionally, however, my essential migraine prevention plan (which includes getting up and going to bed near the same time every day, eating on a regular schedule, and exercising daily) will be largely irrelevant. I will not be able to tell a new baby that he or she needs to stay in bed a little longer or learn to sleep through the night because otherwise Mama gets a migraine. Nor will I be able to curl up in a dark room when he or she needs to nurse or be changed, or even just wants to play. In short, the life I’ve set up to deal with my chronic migraines is going to be sacrificed for the sake of life with a new baby, which means I’m going to need a new set of tools to deal with the many, many migraines that I’m sure to experience over that first year.
While it may not be common (or accepted) to add a plethora of migraine-relief tools to a baby registry, I’ve decided I should go ahead and make up my “nursing mama’s migraine toolkit wish list.” So, here it is:
1) SootheAway Device, with Front & Side Head Pad, Occipital Relief Pad, and Eye Relief Pad;
2) A freezer full of nutritious frozen meals (for the days I just can’t get up to cook);
3) Bimonthly cleaning help;
4) Comfortable noise-reduction earphones.
That’s all I can think of for now. Does anyone else have any non-drug treatment ideas to share? I keep imagining trying to hold and soothe a crying baby while experiencing the kind of migraine pain I had last night, and I have to say it scares me. Any help would be appreciated.