Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy

Momma Of 4 - posted on 03/07/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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TTC my second child, and wondering if anyone else has Fibro and could tell me a little about their experience with their hormones and pregnancy?



I've been dealing with Fibromyalgia symptoms for 10 years now. I was diagnosed after I had my son. Just before he was born I had such bad shooting pains in my head and he was about 17 months when I had a full body charlie horse for 3 days (PAINFUL!!).

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Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2014

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Hello, I am very interested in talking with you . I was diagnosed with fibro after I had my daughter almost 5 years ago. Pregnancy was very painful and then I had a emergency c-section. As I recovered from surgery my chronic pain got worse. Recently I have discovered that I have SI joint dysfunction due to pregnancy on top of the fibro. I can't get rid of this fibro pain. I am trying to learn as much as I can.

Katherine - posted on 03/09/2012

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No I haven't, but here's some info:



With pregnancy, there's a tremendous increase in the amount of hormones in your body. Along with weight gain, your body is out of balance, and your shape takes a different form. Most women experience nausea and fatigue, especially during the first three months of pregnancy. Is it any wonder that fibromyalgia symptoms are often misdiagnosed and thought to be a normal part of pregnancy?



There are few studies on fibromyalgia in pregnant women. However, a study at Temple University found that women with fibromyalgia had more symptoms of pain during pregnancy than women who did not have fibromyalgia. Also, fibromyalgia symptoms seemed to be exacerbated during pregnancy. Pregnant women with fibromyalgia may experience significant pain, fatigue, and psychological stress, especially in the first three months.





Does Stress Trigger Fibromyalgia During Pregnancy?



Pregnant or not, stress -- both physical and emotional -- is known to trigger fibromyalgia. Considering all that's involved with pregnancy, labor, and delivery, it's obvious that pregnancy is a time of high stress. With pregnancy, there are changes in the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones. Also, since the time after a pregnancy can be difficult for mothers -- even those without fibromyalgia -- it's important to be aware of the possible increase in pain and other symptoms that may occur after giving birth.

Are Fibromyalgia Medications Safe During Pregnancy?



At this time, no fibromyalgia medications are completely safe to use during pregnancy. In fact, doctors recommend that women with fibromyalgia go off of painkillers and antidepressants before they become pregnant. However, be sure you talk with your doctor before you stop any medicines.

What Treatments Are Recommended for Fibromyalgia During Pregnancy?



To avoid letting fibromyalgia interfere with pregnancy, know what steps you can take to ease the symptoms. Then seek support from your doctors, family members, and friends. The safest treatments for pregnant women with fibromyalgia may include massage, exercise, yoga, meditation, and rest.



If you suffer with fatigue and ache all over, make sure you rest 20 to 30 minutes at least two or three times a day. To ease the achiness of tender point pain, try moist heat applications twice a day. A warm shower or bath is a good way to apply moist heat. Also, use gentle stretching exercises and exercises recommended by your doctor for relief.

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