2 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read
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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) during pregnancy is a complex disorder that’s characterised by extreme fatigue. Research suggests that it lasts for at least six months and worsens with physical or mental activity. Although it is more common for women to suffer from CFS during pregnancy, it can also affect men and causes severe exhaustion.
Pregnant mums with this complex chronic condition use both over-the-counter and prescribed medications to relieve the symptoms. Doctors might also recommend some vitamins, such as folic acid to ease the condition. Read on to know more.
The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome during pregnancy vary. Some of the severity of symptoms can fluctuate from day to day including:
Although the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, some women may be born with a predisposition for the disorder, which is then triggered by a combination of factors during pregnancy. Some of the potential triggers include:
Medical studies are ongoing and experts have no clear idea about the mechanisms which are responsible for chronic fatigue syndrome. Therefore, the doctor may ask you about some of the symptoms and rule out other causes for your fatigue before determining a diagnosis and recommend medication accordingly. No test is available to confirm the diagnosis of this chronic condition.
While each person has different symptoms, they may require different types of treatment to manage the chronic fatigue syndrome, it is advisable to reducing stress, eat well, and take adequate rest. Although it might have a genetic component to its cause, there is not much evidence that a child born to a mum will inherit it.
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