Although some pregnant women with chronic fatigue syndrome experience no change or a worsening of the severity or frequency of their symptoms, some experience relief. This relief has been linked to the mother's increase level of pregnancy hormones, as well as the suppression of the immune system that is associated with pregnancy. This suppression helps make sure that the mother's immune system does not recognize the developing fetus as a foreign substance and reject it. After delivery, however, most mothers with chronic fatigue syndrome experience a relapse of symptoms, which can be caused by the strain of delivery and exertion it takes to raise a newborn. At this time, support and healthy lifestyle choices are crucial to maintain the new mother's health.
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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
Interestingly, women with CFS generally (though not always) feel better during pregnancy. This occurs for many reasons including increases in several hormones (such as CRH and estriol) and a 30% increase in blood volume. It is after pregnancy that women crash, and this is often when their CFS begins. Optimizing hormone levels and maintaining hydration, along with fish oil supplementation, can help recovery (along with using the rest of the SHINE Protocol).