Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized with widespread pain. It affects millions worldwide and more commonly affects females than males.
Many females affected with fibromyalgia are diagnosed in their reproductive age and this raises concerns regarding fertility and having a normal pregnancy. Research has shown that fibromyalgia symptoms tend to worsen with menstrual periods, pregnancy, and delivery.
There is scant evidence that fibromyalgia may interfere with a woman’s chance to get pregnant. However, as long as the woman is not completely debilitated with fibromyalgia pain, there is little reason not to consider children.
The condition further has little effect on unborn babies in the pregnant mother’s womb. The main concern is regarding the body’s capability to be emotionally, mentally and physically ready to face the stress and responsibilities associated with having a baby.
Stress levels need to be kept under check during and after pregnancy to reduce the intensity and severity of the symptoms of depression.
Patients are advised to consider getting pregnant when the symptoms are less severe. A healthy diet along with regular moderate exercise helps regain strength and keeps symptoms at a manageable level.
Source: News Medical