Dealing With Pregnancy For The Fibromyalgia Patient
Fibromyalgai is a condition which occurs when chronic musculoskeletal pain and extreme fatigue take place. At this time the condition of Fibromyalgia is not fully understand as far as the cause or trigger of the disease, however there do seem to be some commonly occurring contributing factors that can make a person more prone to being diagnosed with the condition of Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is not a diagnosis that is fatal, quite the opposite in fact occurs where the symptoms of the conditions are quite manageable and many women who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgai choose to have intentional pregnancies which result in successful and normal births. The key is to do a bit of pre planning and research before pregnancy is discussed, but of course there will be those cases where the “oops” happens and a female Fibromyalgai patient will find themselves pregnant without any pre planning. The purpose of this article is to discuss pregnancy and Fibromyalgai simultaneously in order to give some tips and suggestions on making the pregnancy easier on the mommy to be who is also a suffer of Fibromyalgai symptoms.
What Symptoms will affect both Pregnancy & Fibromyalgia?
Ironically the symptoms of both pregnancy and Fibromyalgia are in essence very similar in nature. Dealing with the symptoms of Fibromyalgai and trying to manage those symptoms can be a full time job without the presence of a baby in the womb, however, for those who do find themselves pregnant or are considering pregnancy in the future the following is a list of symptoms that are common to both Fibromyalgai and pregnancy:
- Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
- High Levels of Fatigue
- Painful Tender Points
Treating Symptoms of Fibromyalgia While Pregnant
One suggestion that is made to any woman who finds themselves pregnant or wants to become pregnant with Fibromyalgai is to stop using the commonly used medications to treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgia because little research has been done on the effects of those medications for the pregnant mother or the unborn baby. However it is important that a gradual reduction of any medications used for treating the Fibromyalgai be accomplished because abrupt removal of these medications can cause negative symptoms. Treating the symptoms that occur during both pregnancy and Fibromyalgia should be approached with a more holistic method which can include the use of yoga, tai chi, stretching, meditation, focused breathing, Pilates, heat therapy (example would be a warm bath that doesn’t exceed temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit), aerobic activities, physical therapies, as well as massage therapy or chiropractic care. Of course any treatment option should be administered by a qualified and trained person that is able to handle both Fibromyalgai and pregnancy symptoms.
Common Concerns of Fibromyalgai Patients & Pregnancy
It is important for a female who suffers from Fibromyalgia that they should most certainly be more closely monitored during pregnancy by both obstetric specialists as well as their rheumatologists. It is important that these pregnant women with the condition of Fibromyalgia make sure that they obtain enough sleep, eat well, and get enough of the nutrients and rest that they need in order to cope with the added symptoms that will occur during both the pregnancy as well as the condition of Fibromyalgia.
Concerns about Labor & Delivery with Fibromyalgai
One of the greatest concerns that many women who suffer from the condition of Fibromyalgai worry about when it comes to pregnancy is the labor and delivery of the baby. It is well known that many Fibromyalgia patients have a decreased ability to deal with pain, and as childbirth is extremely painful many Fibromyalgai patients wonder if they will be able to handle labor and delivery. The good news is that it is possible for a Fibromyalgai patient to have a normal labor and delivery, especially with the use of epidural analgesics (pain medications) which can help to keep the pain at a minimum during the labor and delivery. Communication between the laboring woman and her nurses and doctors is critical during the time of labor and delivery in order to keep pain at a minimum, whether during a normal labor and delivery, or that of a Fibromyalgai patient who is giving birth.