Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex debilitating medical disorder that affects approximately 4 million persons in the United States, predominantly women. There has been little scientific exploration about the experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period for women with this disorder.
- A review of the literature and current research findings addressing the epidemiology, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome is presented,
- As well as the currently available data regarding the experience of women with chronic fatigue syndrome anticipating or experiencing pregnancy and the postpartum period.
- Expert opinion is presented along with current evidence to provide guidelines for the care of women with chronic fatigue syndrome during pregnancy, labor and birth, lactation, and the postpartum period.
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Source: Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, July 2008. 58(4) pp 289-301. PMID: 18586181, by Allen PR. University of Utah College of Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. [E-mail: Peggy.Allen@hsc.utah.edu]