• Kids engaging in independent play and quiet activities
    Motherhood,  Parenting

    Quiet Activities For Kids When You Have A Migraine Attack

    Anytime I feel the tingling sensations in my temples and my neck tightens while I am at home, I know that a migraine attack is not far behind. I’ve been parenting with chronic migraine for almost 6 years now. It’s been a difficult journey but also one that brought me lots of happiness, laughter and lessons I am sure that most parents agree parenting is difficult. However, when parenting is affected by migraine attacks, it often feels impossible. Since migraine is a spectrum neurological disorder, some parents experience migraine attacks once a month, others a few times a week, and yet there are still others who experience daily attacks.  Being Prepared…

  • Gifts,  Motherhood

    Gift Ideas For Moms With Migraine

    Just like other moms with migraine, I’d love nothing more than a neatly wrapped box full of sleep with a bow on top for my upcoming birthday and holidays. However, since it is unlikely that uninterrupted good night sleep is in my future, I will settle for something less abstract. My only requirement is that my presents or those for my kids do not trigger migraine attacks! And if the presents can help to manage my migraine condition, then it’s a bonus. If your loved ones happen to be moms with migraine, here is a list of gift ideas that will make their life with chronic illness a little easier…

  • wine filled glasses using The Wand by PureWine to have wine without migraine
    Migraine,  Motherhood,  The Bucket Theory,  Wine

    Wine Without Migraine: Try PureWine

    With the weekend coming up, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a glass of wine without migraine? Imagine enjoying a glass of red or white wine while enjoying a mom’s night out without suffering from wine sensitivities? How about drinking a cold beer with a few co-workers at a happy hour without any side effects? Sounds too good to be true? Thanks to PureWine, it doesn’t have to be! Alcohol Alcohol is a well recognized migraine trigger. According to American Migraine Foundation, alcohol can trigger a migraine attack anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. People with migraine are also more susceptible to hangovers.  Leiden University Migraine Neuro-Analysis…

  • A mother, daughter and son sit on a bench as she parents with migraine
    Migraine,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    Parenting With Migraine: Putting the Pain Aside

    It usually starts out the same way. I feel tingling in my temple on one side of my head.  I stop what I’m doing and listen to my body. Was this a false alarm? As I walk to the kitchen to retrieve my Ginger supplements, I now feel the nagging and aching sensations in my neck on the same side. I am pretty sure a migraine attack is on the horizon so I devour two Ginger capsules. My hope is they will keep the pain away because parenting with migraine was not on the calendar today. (Spoiler alert: they don’t).  Navigating Through Conflict in Pain It’s 7:30 a.m. and I…

  • Marina discusses her journey with chronic migraine and how pregnancy and becoming a mother affected her symptoms. #chronicmigraine #migrainemom #mommybrain
    Chronic Migraine,  Diet,  Migraine,  Motherhood,  Rebound

    Surviving Chronic Migraine and Motherhood

    Chronic migraine and motherhood is similar to the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray’s character was stuck reliving the same day over and over again. He woke up in his Bed and Breakfast to Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” on the clock radio every morning knowing that he was trapped in a time loop of which no one else was aware. That’s what it felt like when I woke up every morning suffering with chronic migraine which began when I got pregnant. Migraine was nothing new to me. I’ve had episodic migraine (defined as less than 15 headache days per month), since I was 13. Excedrin Migraine and…