Karen M. Schaefer, assistant professor of nursing at Temple University's College of Health Professions, presented her findings on Pregnant Women with Fibromyalgia at the June Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses' convention in Baltimore. The study subjects were ages 29-31, in their third trimester, with no history of stillbirth and free of chronic illnesses other than fibromyalgia. Schaefer found the pregnant women with fibromyalgia had a hard time functioning, felt more stiff and tired, and experienced pain in more body areas than women without fibromyalgia. "Until now there was only anecdotal evidence suggesting that women with fibromyalgia had a rougher time during pregnancy," said Schaefer in a UPI story about the study. "This data is the first step toward gathering hard evidence of fibromyalgia effects on this group and will hopefully help us identify ways to reduce the impact of fibromyalgia during pregnancy."