A history of migraines is associated with higher risks of pregnancy complications, according to researcher Alexandra Purdue-Smithe, Ph.D., who discussed her findings from a large prospective study based on the Nurses Health Study II during the 2022 American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in Seattle.

Research indicates that individuals suffering from migraine headaches have an increased risk of coronary artery disease and stroke, said Kecia Gaither, M.D., board-certified in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine and director of perinatal services/maternal-fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx in New York City.

Migraines are common among women, with reproductive-age women being two to three times more likely than men of similar age to suffer them.

Previously, extensive studies on migraine and adverse pregnancy outcomes have been lacking. Therefore, researchers set out to investigate links between prepregnancy migraine and adverse pregnancy outcomes in this large prospective study, said