Personal Account – How Fibroids Made My Pregnancy Worse

fibroids and pregnancyGetting pregnant should be a joyous time (with some discomfort here and there of course) but overall this is a great time in anticipation of welcoming a baby. But fibroids can throw a wrench in the whole experience.

First of all when considering fibroids and pregnancy, depending on the type or location of the fibroid tumor, fibroid tumors can cause infertility.

Secondly, even if you do get pregnant, fibroids can still cause many problems during the pregnancy. If you do mange to carry the baby to full term, fibroids can still cause issues such as a C-Section being the only way you may be able to deliver your baby, hemorrhage, etc.

But it is important to remember that you can still get pregnant and deliver a healthy baby even with fibroids but for some women, fibroids can present various problems.

Most women will have fibroids before age 50 and most of them do not produce any symptoms making most women unaware of their presence. If they are discovered during normal pelvic exams and they are small and produce no symptoms, the doctor will usually advice a “watchful waiting” approach, which involves monitoring the uterine fibroids periodically for any changes and in most cases, there are no changes that are usually noted unless something major happens such as pregnancy.

Pregnancy and fibroids

The increased hormone activity during pregnancy has in many cases helped many women discover that they have fibroids in women who were unaware that they had these tumors, or in women who knew that they had small fibroids that did not cause any problems, suddenly the fibroids start to grow and produce symptoms during the pregnancy.

The latter is what occurred in one woman’s personal account of dealing with fibroids during her pregnancy.

I never thought the fibroid would cause an issue in my getting pregnant, but I did think that my older age would. I had a relatively normal pregnancy up until about the 5th month when I really started to show. I would rub my belly thinking I was rubbing my baby, only to find out what I thought was my child’s head, bottom or elbow, was actually my fibroid. The increase of hormones during my pregnancy caused my fibroid to basically quadruple in size. Yes, my fibroid was bigger than the baby that was growing inside of me. I would come to learn that the type of fibroid I have is a subserosal type,  which grows outside of the uterine wall. Because the fibroid was outside of my uterus wall, I had no issues getting pregnant and it would not cause major issues during the pregnancy, outside of extreme discomfort.

For the next three months, I would endure monthly trips to Labor and Delivery out of fear that the pain the fibroid caused was going to put me under. Up until I gave birth to my daughter, the pain caused by the fibroid was the worst that I had ever dealt with. I would wake up feeling as if I were being stabbed in the abdomen, any long bouts of walking or failure to consume appropriate amounts of water would leave me riddled over in pain as well. It also did not help that my lovely daughter would routinely kick the fibroid at times as she was growing and, I assume out of frustration (based on her attitude now, I’m sure she wanted the damn thing out of her way). The worst pain of the entire pregnancy came when the fibroid was degenerating (i.e. – “dying off” because no more blood was feeding into it).

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Right at 36 weeks, I started to bleed. It wasn’t just spotting, it was bright red blood. I immediately called my doctor and was advised to come in for a check up. Having gone through this before, I figured I would be monitored for 3 to 4 hours and then sent home. I mean, our family baby shower was the next day. Right when we were about to be discharged, my doctor walks over to my room, fusses at the attending doctor and the nurse then turns to tell me, “we are having this baby today.”

Read more of her experience here.

While you can definitely follow your doctor’s guidance on “watchful waiting,” this approach can bite you in the derriere because no one knows what fibroids will do whether you get pregnant or not so it is best to just tackle the issue once it presents itself so you do not have to deal with the stress and anxiety related to fibroids that decide to grow and cause problems whether you are pregnant or not.

In addition, the best time to deal with fibroids especially if you decide to follow the holistic approach set forth in the Fibroids Miracle guide is when fibroids are small with little to no symptoms. Once you start looking like a pregnant lady (or if you are pregnant like you are pregnant with twins or triplets) it can be more difficult to treat.

Instead of “watchful waiting,” get rid of any fibroids you are dealing with before you get pregnant using this proven holistic guide which has helped thousands of women around the world become fibroids free. Don’t let your baby have to compete with a growing fibroid. Pregnancy should be a time of joy and not a time of stress over fibroids.

 

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