Planning for Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia eCourse
It is my mission to help people pregnant (or intending to be) with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain/Chronic Fatigue plan for the best pregnancy experience possible.
This is the course I wish existed when I was pregnant and exhausted and no doctor I saw could give me any idea of how to ease my pain. These are the templates I wish I had to help me plan my coping mechanisms.
(this course) “gave me the confidence to know I will cope and I will get through it.” – A Course Participant
Who is this course for?
- People with Fibromyalgia, chronic pain and/or chronic fatigue who are pregnant
- People with Fibromyalgia, chronic pain and/or chronic fatigue who are considering pregnancy with these illnesses
What will you learn?
- About pregnancy, nursing and parenting with Fibromyalgia and where to go to get more information – this information took me four years to gather!
- Why rest and sleep are important to managing pregnancy with Fibromyalgia and tips for getting good rest, bonus: my favourite coping mechanism – meditation.
- How about pain management in pregnancy, about non-medicinal pain mechanisms and how to create your own pain management plan.
- Why it’s helpful to have a plan your final trimester, delivery and first six weeks and how to make your own.
- NEW about nursing with Fibromyalgia and some tips for success
“This will give you a good understanding of a pregnancy with fibromyalgia and the ways you can help.” – Amanda, Course Participant
How much does this course cost?
Nothing. I was racking my brain trying to find a funding model that covered costs but didn’t keep anyone out who needed this information and so I have come up with two options to trial if you are able to support me: You may purchase the workbook from my Etsy store, this has all of the lesson notes, information sheets and templates with space for notes in a pretty PDF printable document.
Don’t forget my book Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, if you haven’t already purchased it. It’s everything I have researched and learnt over two pregnancies. Its kind of like the textbook for the course…
“I found it [the course] easy to use and I feel that with that plus your book Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia I have learnt a lot.” – Amanda, Course Participant
All of the information is in the course page, when you sign up you receive the link and password and you immediately have access to all of it. You could even do the course and then decide if you want to support me.
Who am I?
I’m Melissa, I have written about my journey through pregnancy with Fibromyalgia through two pregnancies in the past five years on my blog. I wrote the book Fibro Mama Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, it is a compilation of my research and experience. My mission is to help other mamas not do this fight alone with no information, like I did the first time I was pregnant.
Nearly five years ago I found myself pregnant without any idea of how to manage the Fibromyalgia during pregnancy. I didn’t even have my symptoms under control prior to pregnancy. I was too exhausted, sore and miserable to do much research. I relied on doctors who didn’t know much and suffered as a result. By the time I faced a grueling 20 hour labour (with three hours of pushing, but that’s another story!) I was already in high levels of pain, fatigue and hadn’t been able to sit comfortably for three months. Starting life with a tiny baby with such a disadvantage really didn’t help me to cope. It was a long, hard year.
Fast forward to 2016, when I was pregnant with my second son, I had all of this information and lived experience. I wasn’t able to eliminate the pain and fatigue, but I had far better coping mechanisms. Despite a difficult third trimester, again, despite an even longer labour and four months of near constant standing and jiggling with the front pack on (baby had reflux) – I coped far better.
Now I want to share this information so that you don’t have to experience what I did.
Course content – what you get:
- Five full modules with
- Five lesson sheets
- Four videos
- Eight printable information sheets packed full of tips based on my research and experience – including Advanced Pain Relief in Pregnancy.
- Four printable templates for creating your own: pain management plans (pregnancy and post-birth) and plans for the third trimester, delivery and the first six weeks.
- Every lesson has a list for further reading.
- Invitation to join the Fibro Mama Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia Facebook group – we are chatting pregnancy, nursing and parenting with Fibromyalgia every day!
The Workbook of all the lesson sheets, information sheets and templates with space to write notes – 49 pages (nearly as long as my book) is available in my Etsy shop!
Lesson One: Arm Yourself with Knowledge
- The six things I learnt about pregnancy with Fibromyalgia
- My six tips for managing pregnancy with Fibromyalgia
- My information sheet – Information for Pregnancy, Nursing and Parenting with Fibromyalgia this sheet includes four key articles on pregnancy with Fibromyalgia, all of my resources on pregnancy with Fibromyalgia and articles from my spreadsheet – all broken down into pregnancy with Fibromyalgia information, nursing with Fibromyalgia and parenting with Fibromyalgia.
Lesson Two: My Number One Tip for Coping with Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, Rest, Sleep and Meditation
- The benefits of meditation for chronic illness.
- My key tips for conserving energy during pregnancy.
- What I did to help myself sleep during pregnancy.
- My information sheet – Resources for Rest and Meditation with Fibromyalgia with guides for how to meditate, yoga poses for rest, information about pacing and tips for sleep.
Lesson Three: Pain Management for Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia
- How to get a pain management plan in place, steps to consider.
- Where to find information about medicines in pregnancy and nursing.
- My information sheet – Natural Pain Relief Mechanisms approx. 30 natural pain relief mechanisms to get you started.
- My information sheet – Advanced Pain Relief in Pregnancy.
- Your template – My Pain Relief Plan
Lesson Four: Make a Plan for the Final Trimester, Delivery and the First Six Weeks that Involves a Good Support System
- Why it’s a good idea to make plans for coping ahead of time.
- My information sheet – Tips for the Final Trimester eight of my preferred coping mechanisms for the third trimester to get you started.
- My information sheet – Some Ideas for Early Labour Coping eight ideas that may help with early labour.
- My information sheet – Tips for the Post-Birth Period 15 tips that I learnt from two post-birth recoveries.
- Your templates – My Plans for the Third Trimester, Delivery and the First Six Weeks
Lesson Five NEW!!: Nursing
- Introduction to the (very limited) research around nursing with Fibromyalgia.
- My experience
- Information sheet – Tips for Nursing with Fibromyalgia.
The time it takes to go through the modules depends entirely on how fast you read, whether brain fog is an issue that day and how much extra reading you want to do. The videos and lesson sheets are designed to be easily read without overwhelming you with detail. The detail is available on extra sheets and links – more than you could probably get through.
Here’s an idea of what information we will cover:
What this course doesn’t cover:
While I focus on Fibromyalgia, due to this being the condition I live with, all of these lessons are transferable to other chronic illnesses that are characterised by pain and fatigue. My blog, books and this course are a combination of my research and my experience – so this is mostly about controlling the symptoms such as pain and fatigue. It doesn’t account for the complexity of managing autoimmune or progressive conditions during pregnancy. I always advise that people check with their doctors before enacting anything I suggest – my suggestions are what worked for me, and these illnesses affect us all differently. In the end, you can read the information and chat with your doctor, but it is still you choosing how to live your everyday life.