Most pregnant women desire healthy pregnancies. Having anything that possibly complicates your pregnancy and especially tiny little one seems to be terrifying and scary. Being diagnosed with fibroid is not peculiar among women especially women in pregnancy.

Fibroid tumor, also known as leiomyoma or myoma, is a mass of compacted muscle and fibrous tissue that grows on the wall or sometimes on the outside of the uterus. It can be as small as a pea or as large as a grapefruit. Stating the research, fibroid tumors occur in 50 to 80 % women worldwide.

Besides, fibroid is commonly said to be linked with fertility and pregnancy. According to Dr. Natasha Ain Mohd Nor, 39, a Consultant of Obstetrician and Gynaecology of Kuala Lumpur Fertility Centre, in her blog explained that, “Fibroid in pregnancy is not going to harm your pregnancy. However, for women who are conceiving it are advisable by majority of medical experts to remove the fibroid before getting pregnant. According to the global research conducted on women who are greatly risky of getting fibroid, the chances are rather high among African-American women. And the risk is getting higher if they are overweight or obese with high blood pressure problem and it might be inherited from the family members. Other than that, other potential factors are early menstruation as well as insufficient vitamins and nutrition that can be found in dark leafy vegetables and red meat.”

Symptoms and effects to pregnancy

Most women who have one or more of these noncancerous growths experience no pregnancy complications because of them. For the 10 to 30 % of pregnant women with fibroids who end up having complications, the most common is abdominal pain, which occasionally may be accompanied by light or sometimes heavy vaginal bleeding. They may also experience constant abdominal pain, pelvic pressure, frequent urination, and constipation. However, despite all complications of having fibroid during pregnancy, it is fortunate that the baby is rarely affected unless the bleeding is substantial.

Fibroids usually develop prior to pregnancy, though many women do not know they have one until they have an ultrasound or the fibroid is discovered during a pelvic exam. If you know prior to pregnancy that you have fibroids, ask your doctor whether their size or position could cause problems, and which symptoms to watch for. It is true that it probably will not harm your baby but to be cautious is important especially in the early weeks of pregnancy. However, your risk of miscarriage and premature delivery does increase slightly if you have fibroids. They occasionally cause the baby to be in an abnormal position for delivery. They can also stall labor, or, if they are located in or near the cervical opening, they may block the baby’s passage and might increase the likelihood of cesarean delivery.

Treatment for fibroids during pregnancy

Most fibroids do not need to be treated unless the symptoms are causing you problems. Even then, in many cases, your doctor may talk to you first about ways to ease your symptoms.  Painful fibroids are usually treated with bed rest, ice packs, and when necessary, medication. Your doctor will recommend the safest treatment for you and those symptoms usually subside within a few days. Fibroids sometimes grow larger during pregnancy, due in part to pregnancy hormones and when uterus expands. Your doctor may recommend ultrasound examinations to see whether your fibroid is growing or likely to cause complications. However, conducting surgery for fibroids before getting pregnant is not necessary, unless you are having troublesome symptoms, such as painful periods and heavy bleeding.

Being Diagnosed With Fibroid Is Not Peculiar Among Women Especially During Pregnancy
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