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5 Tips for Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy
1.Try Natural Remedies
Focus on natural remedies during your pregnancy for any fibromyalgia symptoms such as Aromafloria products (there are great products to add to a warm bath to relax your achy muscles). There are essential oils to help with achy feet and back, topical products to ease all over pains, and gentle yoga moves for more flexibility of ligaments. Be sure to discuss these with your physician.
2.Discuss All Treatments with Your Physician
No matter what you are using to heal with fibromyalgia, be sure to discuss it with your physician or OB/GYN. All medications and their side effects should be considered during the various stages of pregnancy to avoid birth defects. Alternative treatments such as massage or acupuncture should also be done under the supervision of a medical profession. Certain massage techniques and similar practices should be avoided during pregnancy.
3.Be Prepared for the Best and the Worst
As with fibromyalgia, pregnancy is also unpredictable. Just as you plan for the unknown and last minute issues that arise, plan the same with pregnancy. Pregnancy is complicated and mysterious alone, and adding fibromyalgia on top of it can compound it. Some women found their fibromyalgia symptoms subsided with pregnancy, and others experienced a flare throughout the entire term. Everyone’s experience will vary, but preparing for the best and worst can make it more manageable.
Sensory overload is an annoying symptom of fibromyalgia, but may not surface until pregnancy. There are ways to handle the anxiety associated with it, and nifty little gadgets (such as portable ear plugs) to use as well. Read more about sensory overload and fibromyalgia for additional information.
5.Form a Support System
Talk with your family and close friends about your plans throughout your pregnancy and postpartum stage. Let them know how they can help you during this time. They love you and want to support you, and you telling them how they can do that will make them happy. It will also help you when you need it. Creating a good flow of communication will help build an effective support system which will have a tremendous positive impact on you and your baby.
Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia book
Resources for fibromyalgia and pregnancy
- How Fibromyalgia Prepared Me for Pregnancy
- Tips for Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia
- Pregnancy & Fibromyalgia: Lessons learned and other random thoughts
- Fibromyalgia, Pregnancy, and the Pain of Finding Information