Fibroid Tumors During Pregnancy

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Fibroids During Pregnancy – How Fibroid Tumors in Pregnancy Can Cause Problems

Both pregnancy itself and the time spent trying to conceive can be an exciting time for many women. However, for women who have fibroids it can be quite a worrying time as it is a known fact that fibroids during pregnancy can cause some complications. However, the good news is that with careful monitoring, most women conceive naturally and go onto achieve a perfectly normal pregnancy.

For some women though, fibroids can cause problems both when trying to conceive and during the pregnancy itself.

<b>Possible Problems Caused By Fibroids During Pregnancy</b>

* Infertility-Although fibroids do not account for a large percentage of infertility cases, for women who have unexplained fertility, those who shrink their fibroids or have them removed, have between a 40% to 80% chance of achieving a pregnancy.

* If fibroids develop just below the surface of the womb, they can interfere with the normal implantation of a fertilized egg and therefore cause a miscarriage even before the woman would know she was pregnant.

* In late pregnancy, fibroids can prevent the womb expanding normally and can lead to a premature birth.

* If a fibroid develops near to the entrance of the womb or at the entrance to the fallopian tubes, it can prevent the normal passage of sperm. In late pregnancy, a caesarian may be performed to prevent delivery complications.

* Occasionally, a condition called “red degeneration” can occur. This can seem very worrying and typically occurs in the middle three months of the pregnancy. In this case, the center of a larger fibroid begins to bleed, and this is brought about by the increase in hormones causing rapid growth. Fortunately, although this condition can be painful, it is rarely dangerous and fibroids normally shrink back to their pre-pregnancy size after delivery.

If you are wanting to conceive and are worried about your fibroids and the possible impact they might have, you can take proactive steps to minimize their effects. Although some women consider surgery, this is not always the first choice for women who wish to conceive due to the recovery time and the fact that they will naturally feel uncomfortable about having surgery in the uterus which could potentially weaken it. Fortunately, there are a number of methods which can be used very safely to shrink fibroids naturally.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:Does anybody knows about fibroid tumor, usually grows during pregnancy ?
    Does anybody knows about fibroid tumor, usually grows during pregnancy ? What are the risks for the child ? What are the risks for mother ?

    • ANSWER:Fibroid tumors are usually benign. I’m not sure about risks, but I don’t imagine they’re too high if the tumor is small. The best thing to do is to consult an OB, though.
  2. QUESTION:How do I deal with a stressful marriage and out of control kids during my high risk pregnancy?
    Hello to all. I am currently expecting baby number 4 with my husband. The child is welcomed even though she wasn’t planned. I have had 3 c-sections since 2006 (I have a 4, 2 and 10 month old). Therefore, this pregnancy was ruled high risk and I was put on bedrest (due to preterm labor and a fibroid tumor–I am a school teacher and due in June).

    As a result of the high risk pregnancy, I have had to take off of work and stay at home on bedrest. My kids are running wild while I am at home. They will only obey my husband. I feel very guilty when I spank them because I feel like I should be more patient with them. But they absolutely refuse to do anything that I ask them to do (except for the 10 month old).

    My husband lost his job a year and a half ago and has yet to find anything. He is currently receiving unemployment checks and was keeping the kids to avoid daycare costs when I was working. Now that I am at home he goes out of his way to leave and hang out with his friends and get drunk. when he comes home he badgers me and calls me names like “stupid” “dumb” and “sorry.”

    My husband and I cannot have a decent conversation without arguing. He completely runs out and makes me feel so bad that at times I feel like just “dying.” I told my doctor that I was suffering from postpardum depression after I had my last baby. He told me to just get some rest and that it would pass. Now that I am pregnant again i feel the depression during the pregnancy even worse. How do I deal with all this stress and still have a healthy baby?

    • ANSWER:It will be a bumpy road. Most people view bed rest as a positive thing to the patient when in reality is not. I’m in bed rest also due to Placenta Pervia and Hyperemesis. This pregnancy has taken a toll on my marriage and me. It gets really depressing and your anxiety elevates. For a husband, its not easy to see their indapendant wife be helpless. So they turn to other means. In time hopefuly it will pass. Stress gets really high during health issues and the only thing we can do is weigh it out. Try not to stress for the baby. Best of luck.
  3. QUESTION:How do I handle marital stress and my out of control kids during my high risk pregnancy?
    Hello to all. I am currently expecting baby number 4 with my husband. The child is welcomed even though she wasn’t planned. I have had 3 c-sections since 2006 (I have a 4, 2 and 10 month old). Therefore, this pregnancy was ruled high risk and I was put on bedrest (due to preterm labor and a fibroid tumor–I am a school teacher and due in June).

    As a result of the high risk pregnancy, I have had to take off of work and stay at home on bedrest. My kids are running wild while I am at home. They will only obey my husband. I feel very guilty when I spank them because I feel like I should be more patient with them. But they absolutely refuse to do anything that I ask them to do (except for the 10 month old).

    My husband lost his job a year and a half ago and has yet to find anything. He is currently receiving unemployment checks and was keeping the kids to avoid daycare costs when I was working. Now that I am at home he goes out of his way to leave and hang out with his friends and get drunk. when he comes home he badgers me and calls me names like “stupid” “dumb” and “sorry.”

    My husband and I cannot have a decent conversation without arguing. He completely runs out and makes me feel so bad that at times I feel like just “dying.” I told my doctor that I was suffering from postpardum depression after I had my last baby. He told me to just get some rest and that it would pass. Now that I am pregnant again i feel the depression during the pregnancy even worse. How do I deal with all this stress and still have a healthy baby?
    I request that only MATURE people answer my questions. Keep your rude and nasty comments to yourself.

    • ANSWER:Talk to your husband when he is in a good mood, He should act more responsibly and take care of the kids until you give birth in June. Relax and rest as advised by your doctor.
  4. QUESTION:Adhesion pain during pregnancy?
    I had a myomectomy ( abdominal surgery to remove fibroid tumor on the uterus) last march. It’s a similar incision to a cesarean. I am 15 weeks pregnant, and for the last 3 weeks I feel an almost constant pain in my lower abdomen. It’ll hurt worse for a second if I move too fast, sneeze or cough. I’ve already talked to my doctor about it, and she wants to wait until my 20 week ultrasound with a perinatologist to see what’s going on. What does adhesion pain feel like? I’ve never felt pain like this in my past pregnancies, but this is my first pregnancy post surgery. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:Hi,

      I have just found out I am 6 weeks pregnant after 3 laparascopies for ectopic pregnancies and also endometriosis and have got adhesions from this. I went to the hospital as I was worried it was ectopic because I am in agony in my lower abdomen with the same kind of pain which worsens if I twist, cough or sneeze. I also had an ultrasound to rule out ectopic, which it did. WHen they did this they found some ‘free fluid’ in my abdomen which is what they see if you have adhesions. THe pain you are having sounds very much like adhesions to me and I must warn you these will almost certainly get worse as your uterus enlarges. WIth my last (successful) pregnancy I had minor adhesions and some pain but was seriously advised by my midwife that labour could be excrutiating and I may have to consider an epidural. I did end up having one as I was induced at 35 weeks due to pre eclampsia. (Im not very good at this pregnancy thing!). Being pregnant again with quite bad pain at only 6 weeks I think I will be doing this again and would advise you to consider this aswell as a long labour with adhesion pain would likely be horrible. I would be very interested to know what advice you get given by the perinatologist so keep in touch if you wish. Also, do not let them fob you off with “well, adhesions can be painful but oh well” as quite often happened with me. People have no idea how painful it can be unless they have them during pregnancy themself. Luckily there isnt much risk involved other than the pain so I am sure you will be fine as long as you have a good doctor who listens. Good luck in your pregnancy. Claire

  5. QUESTION:Abdominal Myomectomy for Uterine Fibroid Tumors?
    I have done my research, so I am really looking for answers based on the personal experience of other women. PLEASE, serious responses only.

    Background: I’m 34 and I have uterine fibroid tumors, diagnosed by internal ultrasound. 2 of the 3 are quite large. 1 is pedunculated. I know that small, asymptomatic fibroids are commonly left untreated, but in my case, my doctor recommends removal because of the size and my symptoms. My symptoms include pain, enlarged abdomen, bladder/urinary issues, pain during intercourse and even tampon use, dysfunctional vaginal bleeding (like a period, but for 2+ wks of the month, in addition to my week-long, heavy period), etc. My doctor also recommends surgery because removal will increase my chances (from my current state) of being able to conceive later.

    In my case, my doctor determined that the only surgery available to me is abdominal myomectomy. (There are less evasive treatments including medications and laparoscopy, but I do not qualify for them.) This surgery involves a 4-5″ horizontal incision in my abdomen and an incision in the uterine wall once the uterus is lifted out through the incision. If I am later able to conceive, and if I successfully carry a child near term, I will have to have a planned C-section birth a few weeks early due to the weakening of the uterine wall.

    I know there are risks as with any surgery (blood loss, anesthesia issues, etc.). The possible complications for this specific surgery include infertilization, unexpected hysterectomy, excessive scar tissue, recurrence of the fibroids, etc. For me, my desire for a normal quality of life and my hope of having children both outweigh the risks.

    My questions are:

    (1) How long will this surgery take to recover (i.e., when may I walk and sleep without excruciating pain, return to the desk part of my job, exercise – cardio, situps)? My research says it takes 2-6 weeks to return to work, varying from person to person. I am healthy, relatively active, and have a fairly high tolerance of pain. Can anyone similar to me describe the approximate recovery time?

    (2) What other personal experience can you share (i.e., post-surgery pregnancy, infertilization, surgery complications, recurrence, pregnancy complications/miscarriage, etc.)?

    (3) If you did experience infertilization (not caused by unexpected hysterectomy), is In Vitro still an option?

    THANK YOU!!

    • ANSWER:Hi,

      I am not qualify to answer your question as I do not have personal experience with Fibroids. I recently did a research about fibroids for a friend of mine and found http://www.shrinkfibroids.net website, which is about personal experience. Perhaps you may find useful information.

 


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