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alorcoy
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   Posted 10/5/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Curious if the mothers out there who suffered from fibromyalgia could describe their pregnancies to me. I am almost 10 weeks and feeling OK, but I think I'm extra conscious of the stretching and growing pains because of my heightened sensitivity.
 
Wondering what to expect as I get larger, and if anyone opted for a C-section to try and keep from having a major flare caused by the trauma of vaginal birth. I worried that a flare would keep me from breastfeeding.
 
Thanks in advance.
Amy
 
 

MEG25801
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   Posted 10/5/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Amy
 
I cannot help you with you questions as I was just Dx with fibro.  But I wanted to say congratulations!!!!!!  And just remember that whatever pain that endure during this time it will ALL be worth it in the end!!! turn
 
~Missy~
Diagnosed with Panic Disorder(16 yrs ago)-GERD(12 years ago)-GAD(16 yrs ago)-IBS(12 years ago)-DDD(6 years ago)-Arthritis(since teenager)-Controled HBP(2 years ago)-Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9-29-08.
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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/6/2008 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations Amy!!!
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/6/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, Amy!
 
Vaginal birth is less traumatic than a C-section, in my humble opinion.  Plus, I doubt that your doctor would do a C-section if you can give birth vaginally.  There are too many risks with surgery. 
 
As Missy said, it will all be worth it!  Besides, it sounds like you plan on having a major flare.  Not necessarily!  Do what your doctors tell you, eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and keep moving.  You just may surprise yourself!
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/6/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Amy,
I vaginally delivered three healthy children with fibro, two of them without so much as a tylenol, and the last one was 9 lb 4oz. This didn't increase or decrease my symptoms, just made me a bit tired. I believe that the trauma of surgery, or a C-section, would be far more to recover from than a vaginal delivery. Also, surgery is a last resort because it carries so many complication issues including a higher mortality rate in mothers.

Keep getting your naps, eat your vegetables, take your vitamins, and if your hemoglobin goes down, start eating cream of wheat every morning (with brown sugar, YUM!). Fibro won't stop you from a healthy delivery and we will be here if you need us. There are lots of moms on the forum who have had babies while enduring fibro and they have lots of ideas on how to manage. Hang in there, little mommy, and KOKO! (Keep on keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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MEG25801
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   Posted 10/6/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
wow  9.4? Could not imagine..LOL  My youngen only weighed 6 1/2 so i could not imagine any bigger .  But they say that bigger babies are easier???
Diagnosed with Panic Disorder(16 yrs ago)-GERD(12 years ago)-GAD(16 yrs ago)-IBS(12 years ago)-DDD(6 years ago)-Arthritis(since teenager)-Controled HBP(2 years ago)-Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9-29-08.
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blushladybug
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   Posted 10/6/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
amy,
haven't properly met you but congratulations!!!!! i could describe my pregnancies in great detail actually!!! my oldest is 5 and my younger son is 8 months old. my experience has been of severe nausea starting at right at the beginning, and ending around 14 weeks. even before i got a positive test...i just 'knew' i was pregnant-a feeling of my whole body relaxing....hormones. starting in my 5th month i was having contractions. the dr's all called it "irritable uterus" or integuemental sensitivity. on the upside of all those contraxions were excersizing me for birth, both sons born vaginally 2-3 pushes...no stitches. i agree that vaginal delivery is (unless there is a need to cut for baby or for mom), far superior to c-section. unless there is a impending health (even mental health) issue...the babies need as much time inside as possible. if you have any questions ask away i will answer anything. having my sons was the best thing that ever happened to me!
krista

edited to reflect......i flared post partum both times. the best advice i have is to MAKE SURE you get your thyroid hormones checked post partum!! my flares were caused by lack of sleep, hypervigilance, and thyroid disorder. i bf my older didn't my younger and both are wonderful and happy and healthy.

Post Edited (blushladybug) : 10/6/2008 5:53:21 PM (GMT-6)


dori18
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   Posted 10/6/2008 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Amy,
My baby is now two. I actually remember feeling better during my pregnancy minus the nausea of the first trimester and the fatigue. But as far as my fibro goes, my muscle and joint pain decreased during pregnancy thru the first few weeks postpartum. My doc said it was because your body produces a relaxant during pregnancy that prepares your for childbirth and loosens your joints. I gave birth vaginally, though I did have an epidural through the last 8-9 hours of labor because the contractions and labor pains were increasing my hr, and because they used pitocin because I was dialating very slowly, but contractions were increasing. During delivery they turn the epidural down so you can feel when to push, but I was more focused on the task at hand than pain. I hurt more afterwards because of the episiotomy than anything, because his football head got stuck, but I recovered much more quickly than others who have had a C-section. As far a flares go, I got a bad one a few months post partum, partly from stress and moving to another state and partly because my hormones were changing again and going somewhat back to normal. Flares do not prevent me from breastfeeding though. I nursed for 14 months without problem. It didn't make flares any better or worse, and it was beneficial to both the baby and I.
Congrats! Children are such a blessing. My big baby is still as precious to me as the day he came out. And he's still my baby. I wouldn't trade or change a thing.

Amy
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alorcoy
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   Posted 10/7/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Did anybody have exceptional cramping as their uterus was growing? I am at 10 weeks today and have been cramping pretty intensely for the past few days. I went in and had a ultrasound today and the little one appeared to be doing just fine, but my uterus already looked larger than an ultrasound I had last week, so maybe it's just the stretching - that's what the nurse thought. And, maybe I'm extra sensitive to the sensations because of the fibro?
33, live in Iowa. Fibromyalgia since 2003 (severe TMJ, chronic headache, myofascial pain, fatigue, carpal tunnel, IBS, frequent urination)


RedDiane
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   Posted 10/8/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Alorcoy, Congrats.  My two sons are the best thing I ever did.  I got fibro when the oldest was 1, so I did have fibro for the second pregnancy.  I had the worst pregnancies  ever--was nauseated for 9 months and hospitalized both pregnancies.  But that's not fibro.  I've never had much in the way of flares, my fibro just gradually gets worse and worse.  I would say that it didn't affect my pregnancies at all.  I breast fed both babies and had no trouble.  Try to not get too stressed out, get as much rest as you can and do whatever normally helps your fibro--minus certain drugs of course.  Good luck.  Diane

Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea


blushladybug
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   Posted 10/8/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
hi amy,
ok at 10 weeks i was definitely still cramping, both times. had this funny cramp from 5 weeks on like a big stone weighing on "down there". it just felt heavy and full and crampy and very different than normal pms cramps. i think that is your lil bean growing attachments to you your uterus. and like i mentioned above....some women never have cramps or braxton hicks and some of us feel more.....it worked out well for me having all the cramping (while scary) prepared me for birth.
sincerely,
krista
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