Tonight, all of a sudden, I had a migraine headache... the kind where the lights are even too bright. I was working and felt it coming on. Then within minutes, it was FULL force, like a hammer banging constantly on my forehead. I had no idea why I was getting one or when it would disappear.

I remember my sister-in-law telling me when she was pregnant last year, she would get headaches and just let them be. She never took any medicine for them. So when I was pregnant, at the same time as she, I decided I was going to try that same technique. Even though I would get migraines before pregnancy, I, for some stupid reason, thought this new technique would work.

The first one I got, I kept telling myself, Hold out, HOOLLLDDD OOUUUTTT. Well, it didn't last long before I knew THAT just wasn't going to happen! I took something for it... and for EVERY.SINGLE.ONE after that during my pregnancy. I got so many that I would take something at the slightest inkling of one. They would still come FULL force, but the medicine would keep them in check.

After I gave birth, I got them often when I wasn't eating regularly. I deduced that I have to eat every 2-3 hours or the migraines will attack in full force. I'm not sure if this is my body telling me something or what?!

I haven't had one in a while until tonight. I don't know if it came on because I didn't eat enough when I ate last or because I am exhausted (baby boy hasn't been sleeping through the night for the past three weeks and I have no idea why). Medicine didn't work. The lights were straining my eyes. Any noise was WAAAY too loud. And my head was killing me. Someone offered me food. I took it. It didn't help. I drank water; it didn't help. I ate a little more. Then very slowly, it started to subside... just a bit.

The issue I have with headaches, is that I don't ever want to do anything when I have one. That doesn't really work when you're a single mom. You have no choice but to take care of your sweet baby that needs and depends on you. So no matter how much my head hurts, I have someone that relies on me. There is no break, no time out, or no let me just lie down for a few minutes. You have to do what you have to do and work through the head pain.

Even as I'm writing this, I still have a headache. I'm hoping it will go way as soon as my head hits the pillow. The problem is... every time I've ever gone to bed with a headache, thinking sleep will "cure" it, I always wake up with one. There's NOTHING that starts off a day worse than a headache. I'm hoping that won't be the case this time.

What causes your headaches? How often do you get them? What helps relieve them?

Author's Bio: 

As a single mom and founder of The Single Mom Movement, Jessica Rector knows how you are stressed but know there is more for you. With targeted private coaching, programs, and a school, single moms use her proven strategies to discover their empowered self. Do you feel like no one really understands how you feel? You're not alone. Join the club at Get FREE videos to Breathe Happiness. Be Fulfilled. Live Empowered! Sign up at