Lyme Disease

QUESTION

Dear Fitness Expert,
A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease as well as Lyme Meningitis. I was in the hospital and put on Rocephin for 30 days. Since then, I've been rehabilitating myself in terms of the fatigue, residual effects of the Lyme's, and then Fibromyalgia.

I'm doing much better now, but am taking a large amount of vitamins to help with my energy levels and immune system.

Here's the question: Now that I am trying to get pregnant should I stop taking some (or all) of the vitamins. And when I go on Pre-natal vitamins will they give me what I need for the baby and my condition?

Thank you,
Dawn

ANSWER

Hi Dawn,
Yes, the pre-natal vitamins will certainly help but they may not be everything your body needs right now. While you are on the mend (hurray!), your body has been fighting for a long time. This is exhausting. You feel stronger right now but you may not be in top form. The fact that you are now battling fibromyalgia means the fight is still on. As a result of this you are going to be tired and ache. This isn't going to go away with a pre-natal.

I am concerned you are in this battle alone as so many doctors do not take fibromyalgia seriously. It is not enough to self regulate. You need to have blood work done to be sure your system is clean, that you are not anemic. I promise you, if you think you are tired now... becoming pregnant when you are already struggling may cause a relapse. When you are pregnant, however, you have to be careful of the kinds of medication you can take. This is why it is essential to make sure you are healthy and ready before becoming pregnant.

Make an appointment with you OB/GYN for a complete physical and ask for a little extra time to discuss your plans for the future. Together you can agree on your vitamin dosage and possible iron supplements. For more information about fibromyalgia, log on to Fibromyalgia Network to learn more about the symptoms and possible treatments.

I must say you should be very proud of yourself for rallying through such a difficult time. If you can lick this, you will be able to handle morning sickness with no worries! Good luck and please keep Pregnancy.org up to date with your condition (this would include pregnancy!)
-- Alex

Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.

Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!