How Is Pregnancy Affected By Fibromyalgia?
Having a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is not necessary an end all excuse for not having children. Many women who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgai go on to have intentional and yet successful and normal pregnancies. It is important that a bit of planning prior to the pregnancy take place so that female Fibromyalgai sufferer can understand who pregnancy is affected by Fibromyalgai. First of all it is important that it be understood that pregnancy for a Fibromyalgia patient is not dangerous, in fact it is fairly common. However there are a few concerns that can be related to both pregnancy and Fibromyalgai in relation to stress, medications, treatments, as well as how the symptoms of both the Fibromyalgai as well as pregnancy can be managed at the same time.
Concerns on Stress
Stress is one of the factors that can become a trigger for a Fibromyalgai flare up in just a “normal” case of Fibromyalgia, but when pregnancy is added as another factor then the need for dealing with stress levels becomes even more important. The stresses that can aggravate both the symptoms of either the Fibromyalgai or the pregnancy can occur as the result of both physical or emotional stress, being able to identify how these stressors affects an individual on a personal level can allow it to be dealt with properly.
Concerns on Medications
The common prescription medications that are used to treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgi cannot be used during pregnancy because of concerns of complications that could occur during the pregnancy or to the unborn baby. The process of understanding how each of these medications may affect pregnancy is important for the Fibromyalgia sufferers to understand and pre planning on the part of the patient as well as the physician is recommended so that gradual reduction of these medications can take place, especially medications like pain killers or antidepressants which are common for Fibromyalgai treatment.
Concerns on Treatment
Because the commonly used medications are not recommended during pregnancy many women assume that they must just decide to trudge through the pregnancy with the symptoms of the Fibromyalgai. This is not true; in fact there are many options for treatment of Fibromyalgia symptoms that are both successful and safe during pregnancy. Some of these options include meditation, yoga, and the use of focused breathing, aerobic activities, physical therapies, and even the use of massage. Each of these forms of Fibromyalgai are effective during pregnancy as long as they are administered or directed by individuals who specialize in treating pregnant women.
Concerns with Management of both the Pregnancy & Fibromyalgai
It is important that any female be monitored throughout a pregnancy; however this concern is elevated for a pregnant woman who also has Fibromyalgai. It is recommended that Fibromyalgai sufferers who become pregnant be monitored closely during their pregnancy by both their rheumatologist as well as an obstetric specialist who can more closely work with their issues.