Having Uterine Fibroids During Pregnancy
Fibroids are an overgrowth of the middle layer of the uterus. Although they are often small and therefore problem-free, some can grow particularly large and prevent implantation. Fortunately, fibroids are usually benign and only become malignant in less than 0.5% of cases.
Whether or not fertility is affected largely depends on the location of, and the size of fibroids. If conception has occurred, uterine fibroids during pregnancy usually cause no problems but there are occasions when they can cause issues ranging from mild to severe.
Uterine fibroids during pregnancy can sometimes prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg. This can happen when the fibroids are located deep in the layers of the uterus (submucosal). If their size or location has distorted the uterine cavity, implantation can be impossible. Although it will sometimes still occur in these circumstances, there can be an undiagnosed early miscarriage.
During the middle three months, fibroids during pregnancy can cause a condition called “red degeneration”. This can cause bleeding and may be painful. It happens when the blood supply to a fibroid is interrupted. If this occurs, it is best to seek medical advice, although in most instances the condition settles down without intervention.
The effects of uterine fibroids during pregnancy can often be felt during the last trimester. As the growing baby competes with the fibroids for space inside the uterine cavity, this can sometimes cause discomfort and in rare cases, an early delivery. However, if this happens, it is usually close to term and does not adversely affect the development of the baby.
Finally, if fibroids are located near to the cervix, this could cause a blockage during delivery. In this instance, a cesarean is likely to be recommended. Usually this type of situation is monitored during the pregnancy as the growing uterus can sometimes affect the location of the fibroids as time progresses.
Fibroids are a condition which respond very well to natural remedies and they are an ideal condition to treat because as they are so rarely life-threatening. It makes complete sense to try out a natural treatment for fibroids before resorting to surgery or any of the hormonal drugs which can cause their own side effects. Although fibroids during pregnancy are usually manageable, it is wise to look at natural treatments, even if you haven’t yet conceived. To see a complete system which can help you manage your fibroids, please visit Fibroids During Pregnancy
Frequently Asked Questions
Uterine fibroids during pregnancy?
I just had my 20 week scan that showed we’re having a healthy baby girl! However besides seeing girl parts, the ultrasound also showed that I have 3 uterine fibroids. The ultrasound tech had the personality of a rock and just said -“they’re benign and they’re small so it’s fine”, and then moved on to the next part of the exam. After I got home I googled it and got scared after reading about an increased risk of still birth and c-section. My next dr. appt isn’t til Tuesday. Any of you ladies out there with any experience with these?
Nothing will happen at 20 weeks, so don’t worry. You’ll be fine, absolutely normal till your next exam.
Discuss it with the doctor. They (all people involved) will be monitoring this closely, so don’t worry about still birth either, but relax.
Worse case scenario if you remain healthy and positive, will be C-section and really, that’s not so bad.
Anytime after 32 weeks, now I’m guessing, but especially with the baby’s size at 34 – 37 wks. you could have a great, successful, and rewarding c-section with no complications.
Or you could go to full term. Who knows, wait it out with as much hope and faith as possible, there is nothing to fear but fear itself.
BTW, both you and baby are healthy.
uterine fibroids during pregnancy??
i had a scan yesterday and found out that i had a fibriod that was about 3cm in size. i am a little worried and do not know what to expect. i go see my regular ob tomorrow, but until then can anyone share their experinces with me?
Can uterine fibroids cause miscarriages?
I have had 2 miscarriages in the past year. 🙁 One in October of 2006 and just been treated for another. I have had 2 pregnancies resulting with no complications and healthy babies. During my pregnancy with my son who was born in July 2004, I found out I had uterine fibroids which caused lots of pain during the pregnancy, especially as my tummy expanded! I have had no symptoms ever since but am wondering if this could be related to the previous miscarriages? The doctor wants to remove them surgically but I want more children. I have 4 fibroids on the outter part of the utereus about the size of key limes as he described. Any one ever had this problem who went ahead with the surgery and then had successful births? And is it possible that they are causing the miscarriages? Thanks in advance for you help!
Fibroids are normally benign in nature. However they usually tend to increase in size during your period and during pregnancies because of hormones. It is possible that if your fibroid get large enough for the fetus not to be able to grown and breathe leading to miscarriages. I am pretty sure that the whole uterus doesnt have to be removed with the fibroid surgery, they can just remove the fibroids, so in theory you should still be able to have more children.
Is there a natural remedy for uterine fibroids?
I don’t have bothersome symptoms, but I have 6 large fibroids. I want to get pregnant in the future. My doctor said I’ll have no trouble getting pregnant, but I’m likely to have trouble during pregnancy. I keep myomectomy as a last resourt. Cause there are so many possible complications like adhesions and having to have a C-section. I want my body to get rid of them naturally. Any advise? Like exercise or fasting? I know that fibroids a hormone-dependent. I also know that girls lose their period if they fast long enough. Will that do anything?
I answered your other question and seeing this makes me feel for you as it must be awful fearing you may not be able to have kids.
I couldn’t find too much but I did search and found this
The great Dr John R Christopher said burdock helps fibroids..if taking use an organic tincture..the usual dose is two dropperfuls (60 drops)..3-5 times a day..I would use 5 times a day. a dropperful is what remains in the eyedropper of a tincture bottle when you squeeze the bulb, inset into the herbal tincture formula, release eyedropper top..what remains in the drop is called a dropperful and looks about half full..this eliminates the need to count drops. a few off will not hurt on herbs.
A good brand is herbpharm..they have a good burdock blend. Burdock is not harmful..it is a blood cleanser and sold in some places as a food,.
I once read his woman’s herbal years ago but can’t remember if he addressed fibroids there but it may be worth a shot..I got it from interlibrary loan.
it is also sold here–
Also curezone has a lot of excellent health info..here is some of the things on fibroid there.
so I would revcommend this book and the ons by linda page and balche in the other questions for hormone balancing and the burdock and further research on curezone and elsewhere to trying to dissolve the fibroids.
Also maybe Dr Richard schulze’s incurables formula may help..(push enter and go to the incurables program..he is the one with the female herbal formula and said he never failed to help infertile woman or women with female problems who wanted to have a child fail..I bet he used his incurables formula with his female herbs..also see his index in the catalog found at herbdoc.com
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?
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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