When your colicky baby is crying endlessly, we're sure that means a splitting headache for you as a mom. But a new study now finds that mom's migraines—which are a painful fact of life for many people—may actually be the reason for her baby's colic, according to a report on HealthDay News and Yahoo! News.
The study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, shows that "mothers who suffer migraines are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic," Yahoo! News reports. The findings will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's meeting in New Orleans in April, according to a press release on the organization's website.
Fit Pregnancy experts cite colic as excessive crying in a healthy infant. On our Cry Baby page, experts say that some studies have linked colic to stomach issues, such as acid reflux or food allergies. Other experts cite out-of-sync levels of serotonin and melatonin, which regulate mood and sleep. However, there has never been an absolute link between any of these conditions and the excessive crying.
Researchers compared the risk of colic in infants among 154 moms and their babies at a child's 2-month-old well-child visit in San Francisco, Yahoo! News reports. In the study's findings, they found that "nearly 29 percent of babies whose mothers had a history of migraines had colic compared with 11 percent of those whose mothers didn't have migraines," according to the Yahoo! News article.
Our Ask the Labor Nurse blogger reminds us that headaches are one of the most common but underpublicized symptoms of pregnancy. She calls it "Mother Nature's way of warning moms."
When you're pregnant, the key is treating your migraines safely. Check out our Ask the Experts page for ways to avoid triggers and how to ease the pain without medication. Then head over to our Oh, Your Aching Head page for ways to ease the throbbing of postpartum headaches and tricks to prevention.
As for the colic, take heart: Our How to Calm Your Colicky Baby page shows you five fool-proof ways to turn on your baby's calming reflex and sleep longer (with video to help you master the moves!). If your baby isn't easily comforted by these traditional soothing techniques, then it's probably not colic. Head over to our Five Truths About Colic page for some insights into this mysterious condition.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.