Migraines can be debilitating to anyone, but they are especially crippling when you’re pregnant. Symptoms like throbbing pain, sensitivity to light and sometimes vomiting are so much worse when painkillers are out of the question.

The causes of migraines are unknown, but there are a few possibilities of the culprits. According to WebMD, some contributing factors are lack of sleep, stress and skipped meals. But these symptoms can vary greatly by person. I used to contract caffeine-induced migraines, whereas in most people, caffeine cures migraines. Other triggers for me included chocolate, coffee, MSG and Aspartame.

When I was pregnant, I didn’t succumb so much to morning sickness as I did to migraines. Here’s a few of the natural, non-medical tricks I used to ease my pain.

1. Pressure. This may sound a little crazy but it worked for me. Tie a scarf very tightly around your head. It should be so tight that it couldn’t possibly be any tighter. On top of that, take an ice pack and put it all around your face and head, or wherever the pain is its worst. Lie down for a bit and when you untie the scarf, the pain should be gone.

2. Tiger Balm. I was at my wits end when I was pregnant because my doctor told me every time I get a migraine, I should take a Tylenol along with a cup of soda. This did absolutely nothing for me. I spoke to a nurse who told me to put a tiny bit of Tiger Balm on my temples. This worked wonders. But be careful as to how much you put on your temples. I figured if a small bit worked, a lot would be even better. Not the case—I wound up burning my forehead!

3. Vicks Vapor Rub. After the Tiger Balm turned my forehead a nice flaming red, I decided to go another route. I used Vicks Vapor Rub on my forehead and my migraines vanished in no time. In fact, I kept a jar of it with me at all times.

These natural tricks helped me tremendously when I was pregnant and are my go-tos now, even though I am not. However, if these do not work and your migraines persist, call your doctor.

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