Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pregnancy and Fibro Fatigue

Fatigue goes hand in hand with both Fibromyalgia and pregnancy and it's tough to cope with it in both cases.  There's always a ton of things to do on your daily list, but you always seem too tired to do them.

Having fatigue from both pregnancy and Fibromyalgia may seem like a double whammy, and I'll be the first to admit that.  Both of my pregnancies included severe fatigue, but after I realized what I could do to help alleviate some of it.  You truly can still function relatively normal throughout the day if you keep in mind a couple of things.

  1. Take frequent breaks during strenuous activities.  You may not think that vacuuming the entire house is a big deal, but when you are in your second or third trimester, it can be a very different story.  Rest in between rooms and drink plenty of fluids, especially if you moved any furniture in order to vacuum the rug. 
  2. Go to bed earlier than normal to allow your body the rest it needs.  I haven't made it much past 7 pm with each of my pregnancies and that's why I'm glad someone invented digital recording for my favorite shows!
  3. If you need to, and can, take a short nap during the afternoon.  I tried to steal a few minutes before school time pickup.  My nap was not any longer than about 30-45 minutes.  I did not want to be wired at night.
  4. Eat a healthy diet rich in iron.  Yep, Popeye was right.  "Spinach is strong to the finish".  Some pregnant woman experience anemia and may need a little extra iron in their diet.  Spinach, an iron rich food, can help to fight fatigue.
Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley
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