B Vitamins and Headaches in Pregnancy
B vitamins are common ingredients in any good vitamin and prenatal vitamin. While the amounts vary and not each multi vitamin or prenatal contains some of each vitamin, many have most if not all. As far as pregnancy is concerned, almost everyone looking to conceive has heard about the benefits of vitamin B9 otherwise known a folic acid. If a mother-to-be is only taking one vitamin, folic acid is usually it. This is taking folic acid has been widely shown to decrease birth defects.
The other B vitamin, while not as vital in reducing birth deformities, are still essential in a normal and healthy functioning immune, adrenal and nervous system.
The great thing about the B's is that they are water soluble, so completely safe for pregnancy and hard to overdose on. When you take a minor excess of B vitamins, the remainder is excreted in the urine, and there are very few side effects with too much, but terrible side effects with to few such as adrenal fatigue, memory issues, and headaches. Migraine sufferers are often deficient in B vitamins and taking Vitamin B2 and B3 has been shown in recently research to actually decrease the frequency oi which migraines occur.
When testing clients in our office for micronutrients, we often find that many of them are deficienct in the B vitamins.
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin
Vitamin B3 - Niacin
Vitamin B6 - Pyrodoxine hydrochloride
Vitamin B7 - Biotin
Vitamin B9 - Folate
and Vitamin B12 - Cobalamin
As these deficiencies in B vitamins have been linked to migraine headaches. Once they happen, migraines are actually hard to treat, Some neurologist theorize that migraines are actually on the seizure spectrum , and once one has occurred, the sufferer has to ride out the course of the headache. Therefore prevention is key. An intake in Vitamin B2 and B3 has been shown to decrease migraine recurrences and actually prevent them. A great thing as certain types can increase in pregnancy especially in the second trimester as a response to hormonal changes.
Most prenatal vitamins do hot have a lot of B2 and B3 if they even have it at all, as many brands focus on B1, B6, B9 and B12.
Considering a high potency, highly bioavaible prenatal, with a sufficient amount of B2 and B3 can be paramount in the prevention of headaches in pregnancy.