Hi Polly, We don't have all the answers here in the US, but we have a few things available in the form of natural supplements.
But even vitamin supplements and herbs should be checked with your doctor to make sure they won't harm that precious little baby, OK?
Some people use an herb called Feverfew, 50 to 100mg, to get rid of a migraine. It sometimes has to be taken regularly in order to become effective in preventing migraines. You can probably find this in a health food store. Feverfew can cause nausea, which you might experience with your pregnancy. Ginger tablets can help that. Another thing that works for me is sucking on peppermint candy. Avoid candy that shows artificial flavor. It has to have peppermint oil in it or it won't help.
Another supplement that works for some people is Magnesium. Try to find magnesium as citrate or oxide. Sometimes it's a combination of both. If you take Magnesium by itself, get about 250mg. Some people get some good results taking a magnesium tablet at the first signs of a migraine, along with a cup of coffee or a soda with caffiene. I was very surprised, it has worked for me a few times. Takes about an hour if I lie down as soon as I finish the soda. (I drink the soda because I can drink that faster than I can drink a cup of hot coffee!)
The other good supplement is B2, also known as Riboflavin. The amount to take is 200mg twice a day. That is far greater than the usual amount that our body needs. But it is not harmful. Not to healthy adults, anyway. But be sure to check with your doctor. I don't know if it's OK for your baby!
I listed these items seperately because it might be easier for you to find them this way. There is a product that combines all of these ingredients that is to be taken twice daily for at least 90 days before you get the maximum benefit. Then you continue to take it twice a day for continued benefit. I've been taking it for about 6 weeks so far and I'm going to stick with it. Combined, the ingredients will be about:
B2--200mg Magnesium--180mg Feverfew--50mg
It's marketed under the names: MigraHealth and MigreLief. (Do not buy MigreLief from Canada, because their brand only has Feverfew in it.)
I am not selling a product. I'm only telling you about something that's mentioned elsewhere in this forum. My neurologist has told me to take it, and other members' doctors have also recommened it. If you can't find it where you live, you might be able to buy it on line.
I get migraines, too, so I know what you're going through. This might sound too simple, but in addition to the coffee, tea or soda, when you get a migraine, tie a scarf around your head (dip it in cold water first and wring it out a bit) tighly or loosely, whatever feels better, put a cold cloth over your eyes, and retreat to a dark room. If it's noisy in your home, put on some soft music to help block out the other noise.
I do hope you feel better soon. I know how careful you must be and how difficult it must be to be feeling so bad this early in your pregnancy.
Write often. You will be encouraged by the people here. They are wonderful!