I have written a few times on my old blog about my Fibromyalgia and how it affects me. When I got pregnant, a lot of people approached me wanting to know how Fibromyalgia affected me during pregnancy. Today I am sharing with you how it was.
There is not much information out there regarding fibromyalgia and pregnancy. Also, a lot of what you find comes from women who have been diagnosed with it after giving birth. But people actually sharing their experience with the illness during pregnancy is extremely rare. Which is why I think it is even more important to share my own experience. Who knows, maybe it will help someone out there.
FIBROMYALGIA AND PREGNANCY: MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I was extremely nervous when that test showed positive. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited, but I also felt extremely unprepared. I had very little information regarding fibromyalgia and pregnancy. And to be honest, I did not know how I would be able to cope with it.
From what I could find out, women suffering from fibromyalgia either experience their symptoms getting worse or better. There is no middle point, no “it’s manageable”. It’s either a lot better or a lot worse. But I was one of the lucky ones. Looking back, the lack of fibromyalgia symptoms should have been the first clue that I was pregnant.
The thing is: this disease affects every patient differently. I have a harder time during winter time, with colder temperatures and especially very humid climates. Which is why it got a lot better during the Winter once I moved to Austria. When I was living in Portugal it used to be more or less consistent all throughout the year. Since being in Austria, I notice some patterns in my pain levels consistent with weather changes.
I am telling you this so you can understand why I wasn’t very surprised to not have much pain during the Summer. What I took some time to notice: I wasn’t having any pain, none whatsoever. Now THAT is something that I haven’t felt in…well…EVER.
WHY DID MY FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS SUBSIDE DURING MY PREGNANCY?
Again, please remember I am no doctor, so I don’t know why this was. What I can suppose was the case (in MY case) were the changes my body went through. I don’t know if it was the hormones or if it was simply the way my body reacted in order to protect the baby. Whichever was the reason, it was awesome. Pretty much the only thing that I liked about being pregnant.
I was able to sleep. SLEEP! Guys, I hadn’t slept for more than 5 hours (tops!) in a night since I can remember. I only really sleep when I’m sick and even then I don’t get any rest. And out of the blue, I would fall asleep in less than five minutes and stay asleep. Markus would go take his shower, get into the room and go to sleep without me even noticing. Which, for the record, never happens. I was even checked as a kid and again when I was 16 because I simply don’t sleep. None of those doctors were able to find out why I don’t sleep, but today I know that is often one of the side-effects of fibromyalgia.
Basically, all of my fibromyalgia symptoms subsided during the first two trimesters of pregnancy, which was extremely unexpected for me! I was extremely tired once I got to the second trimester, but that was because I caught a bacterial infection. Once I got better from that, my energy levels also went back up.
I don’t know why my fibromyalgia symptoms went away during my pregnancy. What I have learned is that you shouldn’t let it stop you from having children – if that is what you want. If you have fibromyalgia and are considering pregnancy, inform yourself!
Speak to your doctors and get the support you need.