By: Dr Alex Robber
Fibromyalgia affected women who want to have a baby and enjoy motherhood should be well aware of the intensified condition associated with fibromyalgia during pregnancy.
It is not life-threatening, and they can surely get through a pregnancy, but they should be prepared for intensified pain and symptoms. Therefore this is manageable in a number of ways, but people should be are of any severity of pain or symptoms that they are likely to experience during pregnancy.
However some symptoms of fatigue, pain, and depression are common in both fibromyalgia and pregnancy. So, there are possibilities of intensified conditions when a fibromyalgia patient is going through pregnancy.
Fibromyalgia normally causes fatigue, along with pain and depression. While in pregnancy, there is increased number of hormones that circulate through a woman’s body and moreover weight is gained that lead to intensified symptoms.
Therefore studies have shown that symptoms of fibromyalgia get intensified during pregnancy. Because the reason behind this lies in the fact that pregnancy can easily exaggerate the pains of fibromyalgia.
However the first three months of pregnancy can be critical due to a high level of fatigue and nausea and due to fibromyalgia, the condition can become more devastating. Therefore, the pain usually gets better after the first trimester.
Stress is a well-known symptom of fibromyalgia and high-stress levels can intensify the pains associated with it. Pregnancy is generally considered a high-stress period in a woman’s life, as the woman is now so much concerned about their baby. It is not safe to take painkillers or antidepressants during pregnancy.
Therefore the techniques recommended to deal with pain in pregnancy may include light physical exercise and massage, including yoga, rest and meditation. It is also suggested to exercise in a warm pool, doing gentle aerobics or swimming. This will help to alleviate muscle pain and loosen the sore muscles and joints. Mild warm water should be used as high-temperature water immersion is not recommended during pregnancy.
Exercise is important for flexibility and strength of muscles. It also helps to improve mood and can increase the release of endorphins. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that transmits signals between cells is likely to get affected by fibromyalgia. Stress can lower the levels of serotonin leading to the state of anxiety and depression. In this situation, exercise can be helpful as it increases serotonin level and wards off depression and moodiness giving positive affect and enhanced energy levels.
The fluctuation in hormones results in mood swings during pregnancy or even menstruation cycle. Exercise, sunbath or certain carbohydrates help to increase serotonin levels.
Rest can help a woman to have an easy and healthy pregnancy time. Women should have a proper schedule planned for work and rest to manage fatigue and pain. A warm bath or shower can also be taken to ease the sore muscles and release pain.
People with fibromyalgia often suffer from chronic pain that can be disappointing in the condition of pregnancy. Pregnancy becomes a tiresome period due to the effects of fibromyalgia, but it can be overcome in a number of ways. There are various things that should be taken seriously in pregnancy to improve or avoid pain.
Medications should be avoided for the good health of the baby. A small dose of Tylenol or other acetaminophen pain relievers is recommended in case of severity. It is best to avoid medications and manage exercise routine to ease pain and increase serotonin levels.
Yoga, tai chi, and swimming are considered safe for pregnant women. These low-impact activities can arouse serotonin and other positive mood hormones that help them to relax.
A routine with light work and proper rest time is very important for pregnant women. A proper sleeping schedule and working on with breaks and little naps can be helpful. Even a 20-minute nap can help a lot to release pain and fatigue. Warm showers have also proved to be helpful in losing tight muscles and can ease the pain.
There are a number of ways for pregnant women to manage fibromyalgia pain.
Before taking any medication always concern your health care provider and it is important to be diagnosed correctly. Stay Healthizes!