Water Weight Gain, Migraines


Asked by chrissygal

Water Weight Gain, Migraines

I was told that my swelling and water weight gain during my menstrual cycle may be a huge cause to my menstrual migraines. That is can cause my brain to swell as well, and that I need to be taking a diuretic. Can this be true, have never heard this before but I do know that for me water retention is a huge problem. I often go up to almost two sizes carring water weight gain. Any info would be great.


Hi chrissygal,

I've never heard of this before and a little curious who told you this. Fluid retention in the body and "swelling in the brain" are two very different things. If this came from your doctor, please ask for a complete explanation.

What I do know is that "water weight gain" does not cause menstrually triggered Migraines, rather, Migraine is a genenic neurological disease thought to be caused by overactive neurons in our brains and genetics. We have lots of information on trigger identification and management that is available on this page; Migraine Triggers.

Good luck


Answered by Nancy Harris Bonk