Are you wondering what pregnancy with Fibromyalgia is like? If you will experience better, worse or similar symptoms? Do you want to find other people who are doing this journey too?
Do you want practical, actionable tips to help you manage the fibromyalgia while you are pregnant?
It is my mission to help people pregnant (or intending to be) with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain/Chronic Fatigue plan for the best pregnancy experience possible.
This is the course I wish existed when I was pregnant and exhausted and no doctor I saw could give me any idea of how to ease my pain. These are the templates I wish I had to help me plan my coping mechanisms.
This course will give you:
- The results of years of research and personal experience through three pregnancies, deliveries and first six weeks with fibromyalgia
- Practical, actionable tips to manage pain and fatigue in pregnancy with fibromyalgia
- Your personal plans for managing your pain during pregnancy, delivery and the first six weeks (really the first six months)
- A pregnant mama relaxation meditation downloadable audio
- Knowledge that you are not alone and a place you can come to get support
Who is this course for?
- People with Fibromyalgia, chronic pain and/or chronic fatigue who are pregnant
- People with Fibromyalgia, chronic pain and/or chronic fatigue who are considering pregnancy with these illnesses
“Melissa provides numerous tips on how to effectively manage fibromyalgia while pregnant and why these steps are important. She gives insight to her pregnancies and how she coped with each one.” - Reader of Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia book
What will you learn?
- About pregnancy, nursing and parenting with Fibromyalgia and where to go to get more information – this information took me four years to gather!
- Why rest and sleep are important for managing pregnancy with Fibromyalgia and tips for getting good rest, bonus: my favourite coping mechanism – meditation.
- About pain management in pregnancy, about non-medicinal pain mechanisms and how to create your own pain management plan.
- Why it’s helpful to have a plan your final trimester, delivery and first six weeks and how to make your own.
- About nursing with Fibromyalgia and some tips for success
“An invaluable resource for fibro baby mammas.” - Reader of Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia book
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 Fibro Mama Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, it is a compilation of my research and experience. My mission is to help other mamas not do this fight alone with no information, like I did the first time I was pregnant.
5.5 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.
Now I want to share this information so that you don’t have to experience what I did.
- Five full modules with
- Five lesson sheets
- Five videos
- Seven printable information sheets packed full of tips based on my research and experience.
- Four printable templates for creating your own: pain management plans (pregnancy and post-birth) and plans for the third trimester, delivery and the first six weeks.
- Your downloadable audio mama meditation practice
- Workbook of all the lesson sheets, information sheets and templates with space to write notes – 43 pages
- A lot of further reading
- Invitation to join the Fibro Mama Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia Facebook group - we are chatting pregnancy, nursing and parenting with Fibromyalgia every day! I also share new resources as I find or create them.
Lesson One: Arm Yourself with Knowledge
- The six things I learnt about pregnancy with Fibromyalgia
- My six tips for managing pregnancy with Fibromyalgia
- My information sheet – Information for Pregnancy, Nursing and Parenting with Fibromyalgia this sheet includes four key articles on pregnancy with Fibromyalgia, all of my resources on pregnancy with Fibromyalgia and articles from my spreadsheet – all broken down into pregnancy with Fibromyalgia information, nursing with Fibromyalgia and parenting with Fibromyalgia.
Lesson Two: My Number One Tip for Coping with Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, Rest, Sleep and Meditation
- The benefits of meditation for chronic illness.
- My key tips for conserving energy during pregnancy.
- What I did to help myself sleep during pregnancy.
- My information sheet – Resources for Rest and Meditation with Fibromyalgia with guides for how to meditate, yoga poses for rest, information about pacing and tips for sleep.
Lesson Three: Pain Management for Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia
- How to get a pain management plan in place, steps to consider.
- Where to find information about medicines in pregnancy and nursing.
- Your information sheets – Natural Pain Relief Mechanisms 18 natural pain relief mechanisms to get you started. Advanced Pain Relief Options.
- Your template – My Pain Relief Plan
Lesson Four: Make a Plan for the Final Trimester, Delivery and the First Six Weeks that Involves a Good Support System
- Why it’s a good idea to make plans for coping ahead of time.
- My information sheet – Tips for the Final Trimester eight of my preferred coping mechanisms for the third trimester to get you started.
- My information sheet – Some Ideas for Early Labour Coping eight ideas that may help with early labour.
- My information sheet – Tips for the Post-Birth Period 15 tips that I learnt from two post-birth recoveries.
- Your templates – My Plans for the Third Trimester, Delivery and the First Six Weeks
Lesson Five: Nursing with Fibromyalgia
- Introduction to the (very limited) research around nursing with Fibromyalgia.
- My experience
- Information sheet - Tips for Nursing with Fibromyalgia.
The time it takes to go through the modules depends entirely on how fast you read, whether brain fog is an issue that day and how much extra reading you want to do. The videos and lesson sheets are designed to be easily read without overwhelming you with detail. The detail is available on extra sheets and links – more than you could probably get through.
What this course doesn’t cover:
While I focus on Fibromyalgia, due to this being the condition I live with, all of these lessons are transferable to other chronic illnesses that are characterised by pain and fatigue. My blog, books and this course are a combination of my research and my experience – so this is mostly about controlling the symptoms such as pain and fatigue. It doesn’t account for the complexity of managing autoimmune or progressive conditions during pregnancy. I always advise that people check with their doctors before enacting anything I suggest – my suggestions are what worked for me, and these illnesses affect us all differently. In the end, you can read the information and chat with your doctor, but it is still you choosing how to live your everyday life.
I have written about my journey fighting Fibromyalgia for the past five years. I have also shared my journey through pregnancy with Fibromyalgia through two pregnancies in the past four-plus years on my blog, MelissavsFibromyalgia. I wrote the book Fibro Mama Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, available on Amazon now, it is a compilation of my research and experience. My mission is to help other people fight Fibromyalgia.
StartWelcome and Workbook (0:54)
StartModule One: Arm Yourself with Knowledge (5:33)
StartModule Two: My Number One Tip for Coping with Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, Rest, Sleep and Meditation (6:33)
StartModule Three: Pain Management for Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia (9:32)
StartModule Four: Plan - for the third trimester, delivery and the first six weeks (10:00)
StartModule Five: Nursing with Fibromyalgia (7:30)
StartThank you and what next?