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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is chronic fatigue syndrome during pregnancy?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a condition that as not well understood, and that can be confused with other conditions. Still, it is an official diagnosis listed in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10). To be diagnosed with CFS, you must feel very tired most of the time to the point that it interferes with your concentration and daily activities for at least six months. Additional symptoms include muscle weakness, joint pain, sore throat, fever, headache, and sleep disturbances. Distinguishing CFS from other medical conditions is difficult enough in non-pregnant people, but it becomes even harder during pregnancy since pregnancy also often entails symptoms such as fatigue, aching, sleep disturbances, and even headache, plus pregnancy can exacerbate various diseases that otherwise have been subclinical before you got pregnant.


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