Fibromyalgia, Conceiving, and Miscarriage

Though some may disagree with me, I do not believe that conceiving a baby is any different for someone with Fibromyalgia.  Granted, healthy woman will not have to wean themselves off of medications that may either make it hard to conceive or be harmful to a growing fetus like some sufferers, but none the less, conception is basically the same for us all.

People with Fibromyalgia are also challenged with pain and sex may be difficult on some days.  This shouldn't discourage you from trying to have a baby.  Knowing your most fertile days may help you plan out your intimate moments better.  There are many ways to determine your most fertile days.  You can try the math yourself, use an ovulation calculator on some reputable sites on the internet, or you could also purchase some products on the market geared towards telling you your most fertile days.

All of these work well, but I personally like the calculators.  One to try is from the The Baby Center.  All you have to do is plug in the date of your last period and the calculator will do the rest of the math for you for the next several months.  Now, of course, you'll have to remember the last date of your period in order to do this so it's best to try and get into the habit of marking it off on a calendar so you can remind yourself.  I must admit that that was something I most certainly had to get back into the habit of doing because I became very lax and forgetful.  I'm also getting older and I don't think about my cycle as much as I used to because I can pretty much tell when I'm going to get it at this point.  

Once you have conceived, it is important to eat a well balanced diet, take prenatal vitamins, and pace yourself.  Don't over exert your body with excessive exercise.  And making sure you do not have problems like Celiac Disease or Thyroid issues will help to reduce the risks of miscarriage.  A good reference site is Miscarriage Support Auckland Inc.  However, it is always best to consult your physician before you try to conceive so he or she can tend to your specific needs.

There is a common misconception about Fibromyalgia and miscarriage that I often find on the internet.  Some people think that having Fibromyalgia may lead to miscarriage but there are no factual studies on this, hence, there is no link between Fibromyalgia and miscarriage. 

It is very possible that despite having Fibromyalgia, many woman have experienced miscarriage due to stress, health issues like gluten intolerance, and hormone imbalances.  There also may have been a problem with the fertilized egg.  50-70% of first term miscarriages are believed to be from  chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg. 

Miscarriage can happen in about 10-20% of known pregnancies.  This number could be much higher if one takes into consideration the unknown pregnancies.  Most woman who experience miscarriage will within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy so it is possible to have your period on time and not know that you had been carrying a fertilized egg. 

The good news, however, is that there are many, many people with Fibromyalgia that are mothers, including myself.  I have two very healthy daughters.  Both were planned and I had healthy full-term pregnancies.    

Stay Fabulous!
Love and friendship,


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