Being pregnant is awesome, but having to endure a pregnancy combined with fibromyalgia can have more than the few discomforts most women have for nine months. According to Dr. Mark J. Pellegrino, in his book Inside Fibromyalgia, some of his pregnant patients who indicated that they did not have symptoms prior to pregnancy, now are aggravated with muscle pain and other maladies of this disorder. And others who had pre-existing fibromyalgia flared with pain where other women felt better during the first trimester with all the hormonal changes. It’s all individual. Overall, symptoms increased during pregnancy but returned to their previous baseline level after the baby was born.

Some women may be discouraged about a pregnancy, however the reward of a beautiful baby is well worth the discomfort. One of the main reasons for flares is the fact that prescription medications used for pain prior to pregnancy is not safe for the fetus and must be discontinued. This article gives tips and ideas to endure the aches and pains with a more natural approach.

Quell the morning sickness

Performing acupressure on a wrist point can alleviate nausea and morning sickness many pregnant women encounter. The acupressure point is located two inches above the wrist fold on the inner part of the wrist (a little toward the inside of the center). Other women have had success with sucking on fresh lemon slices and the use of ginger.

Also, watch spicy foods.

Natural pain control with hot and cold

For anyone with fibromyalgia, the use of heat, especially moist heating pads and warm baths are both relaxing and help with muscular pain. Others find that ice relieves their discomfort. This may lead to a trial and error testing of both to see which method brings the best relief.

No smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke

Nicotine in cigarettes decreases the blood flow to the muscles by constricting the arteries, which in turn causes pain. Cigarette smoke can also be harmful to the fetus. Work with your doctor for a safe step-down program to quit smoking.

Regular exercise is helpful

Mothers-to-be must begin and maintain a regular exercise program. Start with gentle stretches and then include a fun exercise that is mild. Work on back exercises and use proper posture to strengthen this area. The program doesn’t have to be time-consuming, as studies have shown that 20 minutes or exercise three times a week will significantly improve overall conditioning and strength. Proper exercise especially during the last trimester can lead to an easier delivery and faster recovery.

It is imperative to avoid dangerous positions (bending, twisting, reaching and lifting). Make sure pregnant mothers practice proper posture and body mechanics, called fibronomics.

A physical therapist can guide you in safe motions for daily living.

Talk to your doctor about safe pain relief

Physicians may allow some over-the-counter pain medications. Most pain relievers can decrease pain levels and combat any acute inflammation in the body.

Schedule some me time

Many pregnant women work full-time jobs or take care of other children at home. Including relaxation is so important for women with fibromyalgia whether pregnant or not. Set aside some time to do relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation. Some women relax with a good book, listening to music, or working on a fun hobby.

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