Perinatal perspectives on chronic fatigue syndrome

Christley, Y, Hollins-Martin, CJ and Martin, CR 2012, 'Perinatal perspectives on chronic fatigue syndrome' , British Journal of Midwifery, 20 (6) , pp. 389-393.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a severe, systemic, acquired illness which presents with overpowering tiredness that cannot be relieved by rest and is deteriorated through physical and mental activity. Due to the window of prevalence (20 1340 years), some women diagnosed with CFS become pregnant. Given that CFS targets women in their reproductive years, responsibility is placed upon midwives to educate, support and provide families with advice. To equip midwives with knowledge about CFS, the objectives of this paper are to provide an overview of: how CFS impacts on reproductive health; the effects of pregnancy on CFS symptoms; CFS-related pregnancy complications; intrapartum management of women with CFS, and postpartum recovery of women with CFS. To date, only a handful of studies have explored the relationships between CFS and childbearing, and associated complications. A greater understandings of CSF interactions with physical, psychological and social reproductive processes are required.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0969-4900
Depositing User: JC Potter
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2012 02:08
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 05:49

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