7 Tips for Managing Pregnancy and Early Motherhood With Fibromyalgia

Pregnancy can often bring about many symptoms that are similar to fibromyalgia — fatigue, nausea, joint ache and brain fog to name a few — which can compound symptoms of the disease. Although fibromyalgia shouldn't stop you from starting a family, there are considerations you need to take into account. We've put together a list of useful tips based on information from fmpcaware.org. Be in the best health you can be.  Before trying to conceive, it makes sense to be in the best possible physical condition. Eat sensibly, get plenty of rest, exercise and, if necessary, take pregnancy-friendly supplements. The healthier you are, the easier your pregnancy will be. Keep this regimen up throughout your pregnancy where possible. Review all medications.  It's wise to speak to your doctor about your plans to start a family, so they can review the medications you're taking. Your doctor will ensure that the medications you're on are safe to continue throughout pregnancy or switch you over to ones that are. You will also need to look at any vitamins and supplements you take as some as not considered safe for pregnant women. Educate friends and family.  Fibromyalgia causes fatigue at the best of times, as does pregnancy — so combining the two may mean that you feel even more fatigued than usual. It's important that others understand this so they can help you out more often and demand less of you. Review your pain management.  Some of the things you do to ease fibro pain may not be suitable during pregnancy, including hot baths and most over-the-counter pain medications. Pregnancy can put a lot of pressure on
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