Overcoming Fibromyalgai Symptoms While Pregnant
Dealing with the condition of Fibromyalgai can be scary enough, but to have Fibromyalgia and then find out that you are pregnant or think of the possibilities of trying to become pregnant can be absolutely terrifying! How will the Fibromyalgia affect the pregnancy? What are the complications of pregnancy with Fibromyalgia? The questions just start rolling and rolling through the mind and create more anguish than re-assurance. This scenario does not have to be the case though! There are many women who have been diagnosed with the condition of Fibromyalgia who go on to absolutely live normal lives which can include normal and even more important completely healthy pregnancies with delivery of healthy babies.
Pregnancy with Fibromyalgai
Among the medical community there seems to be a lot of disagreements when it comes to discussing how exactly the condition of Fibromyalgai may affect pregnancy. There are some studies that show that women should expect to experience more than normal symptoms (related to the Fibromyalgai) during their pregnancy (especially during the last trimester), and yet other research shows that a normal pregnancy with a delivery of a healthy baby can be achieved for the woman who has been diagnosed with the condition of Fibromyalgia. The latter thought is the one that most physicians agree with, and since the condition of Fibromyalgai is not a death sentence nor is it considered a fatal disease women who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia should go on to try and live as normal lives as possible, including pregnancy and having children if that is their wish.
Because of the condition of Fibromyalgai being present after a woman has found out she is pregnant, or plans to become pregnant, then of course extra monitoring during the pregnancy should take place by both an obstetric specialist as well as their rheumatologist. Focus on addressing the symptoms of the Fibromyalgai along with the pregnancy (which are actually very similar symptoms) should be a priority and making sure that enough rest, proper diet and nutrition, as well as the continuation of safe and low impact exercises should be maintained in order to keep the symptoms at bay.
Dealing with the Symptoms
The symptoms that occur among Fibromyalgai patients as well as among otherwise healthy pregnancy are extremely similar. The only different between a healthy woman being pregnant and a Fibromyalgai sufferer being pregnant is that there is the small chance of the symptoms being exacerbated by both conditions being combined. This however should not be a deterrent, or a cause of concern for a woman who has Fibromyalgai and wishes to become pregnant (or perhaps finds herself unexpectedly pregnant). As stated above, proper rest, nutrition, management of stress, and continuation of low impact exercise should be a practice. The common symptoms that could occur when a female Fibromyalgai sufferer becomes pregnant are as follows:
- Painful Tender Points
- High Fatigue Levels
- Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
As one can see by this list however this list of symptoms could be applied to both the condition of Fibromyalgia as well as pregnancy completely separately. The one concern that most physicians agree on is that any prescription medications that have been taken to help control the symptoms of Fibromyalgia should be discontinued either when a woman finds out she has become pregnant or before she begins trying to conceive because these medications that help to control Fibromyalgai symptoms have not been found completely safe during pregnancy. Yet again, this shouldn’t raise too much concern for the Fibromyalgai sufferer who is pregnant or wishes to become pregnant, because there are many different options for treating the symptoms of Fibromyalgai while pregnant that are safe for both the mother and baby during the pregnancy and which will also successfully provide symptom relief.
Options for Treating the Symptoms
Treating the symptoms of both Fibromyalgai and pregnancy safely can be achieved through many holistic options which will provide successful and beneficial symptom relief. Some of the options include the use of low impact exercises such as aquatic exercises, Pilates, Yoga, or stretching. Additionally treatment can include physical therapy, heat therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, as well as meditation and relaxation techniques that can help to reduce stress (thus reducing symptoms). Of course just make sure that any of these therapies or techniques should be performed or overseen by a person who is qualified to treat pregnant women so that avoidance of complications can be practiced.