Dealing With Fibromyalgai While Pregnant
Just because a woman has been diagnosed with the condition of Fibromyalgai does not mean that pregnancy is completely out of the picture. This is especially true when the symptoms of Fibromyalgai can be controlled and haven’t become completely debilitating.
While the combination of both pregnancy and the condition of Fibromyalgia can create some concerning situations and most definitely raise some questions it is doable. Many of the symptoms that occur with the condition of Fibromyalgai as well as with pregnancy are similar so if symptom management and information about how Fibromyalgai will affect pregnancy can be gained then proper control of the pregnancy while having Fibromyalgai is possible, and even better news can end with a great outcome. With a little research and a little work most Fibromyalgai sufferers who become pregnant have fairly normal pregnancies throughout all three trimesters and even more importantly can expect to deliver perfectly healthy babies at the end of the pregnancy.
Pregnancy & Fibromyalgai
There seems to be much disagreement when it comes to discussing how Fibromyalgai affects pregnancy; some research shows that women should expect to experience more exacerbated symptoms while pregnant, especially during the third trimester, however other studies (and most physicians agree) that a normal pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby can be achieved for the female Fibromyalgai sufferer without any major concerns or spikes in symptoms. Of course any woman, who has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and has become pregnant or plans to become pregnant, should be very closely monitored during their pregnancy by both their rheumatologist as well as an obstetric specialist. The main focus during the pregnancy should be on making sure that enough rest is obtained, nutrition, diet, and safe exercise are adequately maintained and that low levels of stress should be the goal.
How to Treat Fibromyalgai Symptoms while Pregnant
There are many suggestions that are made by both obstetric specialists as well as rheumatologist for Fibromyalgai sufferers who become pregnant. As noted prior, a main concern is placed on nutrition, sleeping consistently, and creative ways to deal with the common symptoms of Fibromyalgai.
Commonly the symptoms that occur with Fibromyalgai during a pregnancy are:
- Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
- High Levels of Fatigue
- Painful Tender Points
Dealing with these common symptoms of Fibromyalgai can be a full time task in those Fibromyalgia sufferers who aren’t pregnant, but for those who are also dealing with pregnancy it adds a whole new field to the ballgame. However there are ways to help control these symptoms even while pregnant and having Fibromyalgia. Most doctors do advice any Fibromyalgai sufferer who has become pregnant or plans to become pregnant to discontinue the use of any prescription medications that are used to help treat their symptoms as these medications have been found to be completely safe for pregnant women. However, there are more natural and soothing options for treating symptoms while pregnant and having Fibromyalgai. Some of these options include safe exercise such as Pilates, aquatic exercise, stretching, or yoga. Other safe options for maintaining control over Fibromyalgia symptoms while pregnant is to use techniques such as meditation, focused breathing, physical therapy, heat therapy (such as a warm bath that does not exceed temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit), as well as the use of massage or chiropractic care. However, the use of any of these forms of therapy, especially that of massage or chiropractic care, should be given by someone who is trained in treating women who are pregnant as to not falsely start labor or cause complications for the pregnancy.
Fibromyalgai & Pregnancy Delivery
One of the main concerns that females who deal with both pregnancy and Fibromyalgia is that of the delivery. Because Fibromyalgai sufferers often have an extremely difficult time dealing with any type of pain the thought of delivering a baby can be completely terrifying. However, it is possible for the Fibromyalgai sufferer to also experience a normal delivery as long as pain is managed appropriately and all the nurses and doctors on staff are aware of the added condition of Fibromyalgai being present during the birth. The most successful way of dealing with the pain of delivery in Fibromyalgai sufferers is through the use of epidural analgesics which can safely and successfully manage pain for the mother during the birthing process.