Are you wondering if your symptoms will be better or worse during pregnancy? If you’ll experience a flare up after delivery? What nursing with Fibromyalgia might be like? Have you thought about what coping mechanisms you’ll utilise during pregnancy?
Melissa shares what the research says, what she experienced in her two pregnancies and what other women shared in a survey.
After being disappointed at the lack of information about pregnancy with Fibromyalgia when I had my first son, I set about writing up my experiences and researching as new information became available.
I’ve written chapters on:
- Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy: The Literature
- Fertility and Fibromyalgia
- Lots of Natural Pain Relief Suggestions
- Pain Relief
- Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia: Tools for Managing Early Pregnancy Symptoms
- Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia: The Second Trimester, The Second Time
- Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia: The Third Trimester
- Labour with Fibromyalgia
- Nursing with Fibromyalgia
- How to get through the First Six Weeks with a Baby, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Necessary Baby Items for a Fibro Parent
- Tips to Cope with a Fussy Baby When You’re Sore
- Coping with a Toddler: Fibro or Not!
- Dear Future Partners of Fibro Parents
- The Best Ways You and Your Loved Ones Can Support You with Small Children and Fibromyalgia
This is the result of five years of research and personal experience from two pregnancies, labours and first years. I also include the results of a small, informal survey that I conducted.
This is a time in your life where you need information and you need it concisely. My book provides this.
For more reading you can see my Pregnancy Resources page, you can read my journals from my second pregnancy in 2016.
Could you do me a favour? After you have read it, could you please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads so that other parents fighting Fibromyalgia and pregnancy, or considering pregnancy with Fibromyalgia, might find some information to help them?
What are people reading Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia saying?
“Lived experience + self-awareness + systems thinking + good storytelling is golden. Add brevity and it’s priceless. Melissa’s book is priceless”
—Danny van Leeuwen, Opa, RN, MPH, CPHQ
Health Hats (www.health-hats.com)
“Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia is a short, easy-to-digest run-down of things you can expect during a fibro pregnancy, and how to navigate them.”
Spoonie Living (blog.spoonieliving.com)
See the full review here.
“I found Melissa to write in a down-to-earth way that was engaging and encouraging, giving useful, manageable advice that you can actually use. Most importantly, I think, was the sense of support and hope she garners that you can indeed manage whatever life throws at you, that you can survive pregnancy and the ups and downs it may entail. I find this to be an invaluable resource and in inspirational source of encouragement, whether you know someone / a partner who deals with fibromyalgia who is pregnant, or whether you’re thinking of having a baby or are currently pregnant.”
Invisibly me (invisiblyme.com)
See the full review here.
If you’re interested in taking this learning further:
Please also feel free to join in the conversation in the Facebook group Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia