Baby Hang On It Is Going To Be A Long 9 Months
Being pregnant is supposed to be one of the happiest and most memorable experiences of a young woman’s life. Watching your body change knowing that your very existence is helping form and create another is a remarkable thought. What a privilege to hold a baby in the womb and hear its little heart beat and watch it grow on the ultrasound machine throughout the forty plus weeks it takes to deliver. A pregnancy is meant to be spent preparing and planning for the new season of life where happiness revolves around that precious baby boy or girl.
But for an expectant mother suffering from chronic fibromyalgia, the forty weeks that are designed to bring joy and excitement are filled with pain and misery.
It is no secret that a pregnant woman goes through a lot while she is in the process of carrying her child, the body changes and her hormones are out of whack, but there are those women that sadly begin to experience all over body pain known as fibromyalgia that makes moving very difficult.
Though an expectant mother might be excited about her baby, there are still a few fears and worries that she possess and that worry can turn into stress as the time of the baby’s arrival draws near. Stress can lead to an outbreak of fibromyalgia pains, the first three months of a woman’s pregnancy is her highest risk of developing this painful condition and the emotional and physiological changes that come with her new diagnosis.
Treating Fibromyalgia While Pregnant
Treating fibromyalgia during pregnancy must be done carefully, under a doctor’s supervision and so not to upset or stress the expectant mother out further. Medications are not to be used during pregnancy so some other form of treatment must be had. Some physicians recommend a more natural and holistic approach to fibromyalgia treatment during pregnancy. Holistic or natural treatment would include options such as massage therapy; this is a very relaxing option that will not only help relieve pain but stress as well. Exercise and aromatherapy are also safe options for pregnant women.
The two main symptoms that are presented by the condition of Fibromyalgia are fatigue and pain. Massage therapy can aid in lessening both of these symptoms by helping the Fibromyalgia suffer to be able to experience less pain, obtain more sleep, and also to help relax some of the tightened and stiff muscles that can contribute to much of the pain. Research has proven that the use of massage therapy as a form of Fibromyalgia treatment can help Fibromyalgia sufferers experience deeper levels of sleep and lessen levels of pain and fatigue. The way that massage therapy accomplishes this is by using the different forms of massage to help oxygenate the body as a whole which can decrease the severity of symptoms that a Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience. Massage therapy can help Fibromyalgia sufferers find relief from their symptoms specifically by:
- Improving Sleep
- Reducing Swelling, Pain, and Stiffness in the Joints & Muscles
- Decreasing Anxiety & Stress
- Increasing Blood Circulation
- Increasing Flexibility
- Increasing the Range of Motion
Forms of Massage Therapy Used for Fibromyalgia Treatment
First of all it is important to note that massage therapy, especially when performed on a Fibromyalgia patient, should be administered by a trained professional, preferably a trained professional who is accustomed to working with patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia. Some of the forms of massage therapy that are commonly used for Fibromyalgia treatment are:
- Swedish Massage
- Positional Release Techniques
- Myofascial Release
- Passive Stretching
- Energy Healing Cranial-Sacral Therapy
- Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation
- Neuromuscular Therapy
Not every fibromyalgia sufferer endures the same types of pain, therefore specified treatment is needed to bring about the desired amount of relief and the following list should prove to be helpful:
- Pain Relief: spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, and peppermint Side note: Spike lavender along with peppermint and helichrysum together has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Stress / Anxiety: frankincense, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine
- Sleep Improvement: lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile
- Headaches: peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile, lavender (a peppermint stick that you can buy at a drug store also works exceptionally well when rubbed on your temples for headaches)
While exercising with fibromyalgia can be slow going and seem daunting, it really can be the best thing for healing. Exercise can have very positive effects on even healthy people’s lives, but fibromyalgia suffers can see a vast difference very quickly.
Exercises Best For Pregnant Fibromyalgia Sufferers
Fibromyalgia sufferers should stick to low impact exercises. It also suggested that they begin with a very short amount of time and gradually work their way up.
- Walking is one of the best and easiest exercises. It is suggested to start with just five minutes of walking. After that, they should add a minute each day until they are up to walking for about an hour. It is also suggested to try to walk an hour at least three to four times each week. Once walking for an hour seems easier, it is suggested alternated walking and light jogging.
- Swimming is also a low impact exercise. It is suggested to start treading water for a few minutes, and then build up from there. After treading water becomes easier, the fibromyalgia sufferer should move up to swimming laps for about 30 minutes. Water aerobics are also a good idea for fibromyalgia sufferers.