Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia Micro Course
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?
In this special micro course we will take a gentle, not overwhelming glance at:
from the context of chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia.
In easy to digest lessons that can be watched from the comfort of your favourite chair, the couch, in bed or on the bus.
Who am I?
I’m Melissa, I have written about my journey through pregnancy with Fibromyalgia through three pregnancies in the last six years on my blog. I wrote the book Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, it is a compilation of my research and experience. I am one of the only people creating resources about pregnancy with fibromyalgia. My mission is to help other mamas not do this fight alone with no information, like I did the first time I was pregnant.
Nearly six years ago I found myself pregnant without any idea of how to manage the Fibromyalgia during pregnancy. I didn’t even have my symptoms under control prior to pregnancy. I was too exhausted, sore and miserable to do much research. I relied on doctors who didn’t know much and suffered as a result. By the time I faced a grueling 20 hour labour (with three hours of pushing, but that’s another story!) I was already in high levels of pain, fatigue and hadn’t been able to sit comfortably for three months. Starting life with a tiny baby with such a disadvantage really didn’t help me to cope. It was a long, hard year.
Fast forward to 2016, when I was pregnant with my second son, I had all of this information and lived experience. I wasn’t able to eliminate the pain and fatigue, but I had far better coping mechanisms. Despite a difficult third trimester, again, despite an even longer labour and four months of near constant standing and jiggling with the front pack on (baby had reflux) – I coped far better.
In 2018 I am thankful to say I got my more "normal" experience. My health was in a far better place, I knew what to expect, I had my coping mechanisms SOLIDIFIED. My third baby, despite severe pelvis issues causing me to be on crutches and off work from week 22, was a far better experience. I also managed to nurse for more than a year - where I only got to 8-12 weeks with the first two.
This micro course will give you the overview of pregnancy, labour, nursing and parenting with chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia.
It will also give you further resources to explore and invite you to a supportive group of other people doing the same journey as you.
Melissa Reynolds is a Fibromyalgia, Meditation and Yoga Coach, mama, author, business owner and fibro fighter. It is her mission to help you thrive with chronic pain and fatigue, that you receive the tools, encouragement and hope you need in your journey.
In 2019 she got sick and tired of trying classes labeled as for "beginners" or for "when you're in pain" and finding them all out of reach. They were too long or did poses that were not suitable for her body, even as a long time practitioner. So, with three children five years old and under she trained to be a yoga teacher. She trained so that she could share these tools that have helped her so much. The mindful movement, the breathing and the meditation. She is so excited to be able to share them with you now.
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