This week’s review is Pregnancy & Fibromyalgia: My experience and research in pregnancy and parenting while living with fibromyalgia by Melissa Reynolds. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all my books a shot. There are a few ways I find new books to read: Goodreads, my two book clubs, friends’ recommendations, and browsing the internet. My favorite author is Greg Iles, and the books I am most interested in reading are nonfiction books about the Holocaust.
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Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia
A fellow fibro parent recently released Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia and asked for other fibro parents to review it. I was more than eager to give it a review because there is so little information regarding fibromyalgia and pregnancy. Melissa did not disappoint with the information she provided.
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What it’s about
Taken from the Amazon website:
“When Melissa became pregnant with her first son, her disappointment at the lack of resources about pregnancy with Fibromyalgia inspired her to share her experiences and research as new information became available.
In 2016, while pregnant with her second son, she utilised this information and found pregnancy much easier than before.
With a passion for research, health and wellness, Melissa combines her findings (both research and anecdotal evidence) with personal experience.
Spanning allopathic and alternative options, Melissa shares what has worked for her in hopes that this knowledge will make even one life a bit easier.
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?
Melissa shares what the research says, what she experienced in her two pregnancies and what other women shared in a survey.”
About the author
Melissa Reynolds is the writer and creator of Melissa vs Fibromyalgia where she writes about living with fibromyalgia. She lives with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
My review of Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia
I enjoyed reading Melissa’s experiences with fibromyalgia and pregnancy. There are little articles providing medical knowledge on the subject and even less of women’s experiences during that time. Pregnancy is scary as it is and with the added stress of fibromyalgia, it can become overwhelming.
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.
The parts of the book I liked most were the list of resources and research she personally conducted. (The results of the research can be found here.) The questions were intriguing, and the responses were surprising. However, it goes to show how much fibromyalgia can be effected by pregnancy and pregnancy effected by fibromyalgia.
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