If you have fibromyalgia and are thinking about getting pregnant, it's
important to learn all you can about both conditions. Sometimes, symptoms
of fibromyalgia -- such as pain, fatigue, and depression -- are thought to be signs of the pregnancy
itself. As a result, they may be undertreated. In addition, the added stress of having a
baby may cause
fibromyalgia symptoms to flare, making you feel much worse.
fibromyalgia during pregnancy is possible. But you need to spend time
learning about the effects of pregnancy on symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome
(FMS). You also need to stay in touch with your fibromyalgia specialist when
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How Does Fibromyalgia Affect Pregnancy?
With pregnancy, there's a tremendous increase in the amount of hormones in
your body. Along with weight
gain, your body is out of balance, and your shape takes a different form.
Most women experience nausea and fatigue, especially during the first three
months of pregnancy. Is it any wonder that fibromyalgia symptoms are often
misdiagnosed and thought to be a normal part of pregnancy?
There are few studies on fibromyalgia in pregnant women. However, a study at
Temple University found that women with fibromyalgia had more symptoms of pain
during pregnancy than women who did not have fibromyalgia. Also, fibromyalgia
symptoms seemed to be exacerbated during pregnancy. Pregnant women with
fibromyalgia may experience significant pain, fatigue, and psychological
stress, especially in the first three months.
Does Stress Trigger Fibromyalgia During Pregnancy?
Pregnant or not, stress -- both physical and emotional -- is known to
trigger fibromyalgia. Considering all that's involved with pregnancy, labor,
and delivery, it's obvious that pregnancy is a time of high stress. With
pregnancy, there are changes in the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and other
hormones. Also, since the time after a pregnancy can be difficult for mothers
-- even those without fibromyalgia -- it's important to be aware of the
possible increase in pain and other symptoms that may occur after giving
Are Fibromyalgia Medications Safe During Pregnancy?
At this time, no fibromyalgia medications are completely safe
to use during pregnancy. In fact, doctors recommend that women with
fibromyalgia go off of painkillers and antidepressants before they become pregnant. However, be
sure you talk with your doctor before you stop any medicines.
What Treatments Are Recommended for Fibromyalgia During Pregnancy?
To avoid letting fibromyalgia interfere with pregnancy, know what steps you
can take to ease the symptoms. Then seek support from your doctors, family
members, and friends. The safest treatments for pregnant women with
fibromyalgia may include massage, exercise, yoga, meditation, and rest.
If you suffer with fatigue and ache all over, make sure you rest 20 to 30
minutes at least two or three times a day. To ease the achiness of tender point
pain, try moist heat applications twice a day. A warm shower or bath is a good
way to apply moist heat. Also, use gentle stretching exercises and exercises recommended by your
doctor for relief.