Fibroid Tumors and Pregnancy – Getting Pregnant With Fibroids

Fibroids are firm tumors which typically develop in the wall of the uterus. They are extremely common, affecting between 50 and 80% of women of reproductive age and the vast majority are completely harmless. However, there is no doubt that at certain times of life, fibroids can become more problematic and many women are justifiably worried that fibroid tumors and pregnancy do not sit comfortably together! There are also concerns that obtaining pregnant with fibroids could prove difficult.

Before moving on, I must emphasize that most women will have trouble-free pregnancies and getting pregnant with fibroids present does not usually cause a problem.

One of the main worries which women have is that existing fibroids could grow larger during pregnancy, affecting the unborn baby. Fortunately, in most cases this does not happen. Indeed for some women, fibroids can actually shrink during pregnancy, but in most cases will stay the same size.

The most common problems with fibroid tumors and pregnancy tend to revolve around discomfort for the mother-to-be rather than the unborn child, although some problems can occur in this respect.

Some women have feelings of pressure or heaviness in the abdominal area as fibroids press on nearby structures as the womb enlarges. In addition, some women will experience sharp pain in the lower back or legs as the nerves become compressed. One rare complication caused when getting pregnant with fibroids is red degeneration. This occurs when the center of the fibroid begins to bleed and can cause severe pain during the middle trimester. However, it dies usually without treatment.

Where there are fibroid tumors and pregnancy takes place, incidentally, problems can occur with the implantation of the egg, particularly if fibroids have developed just below the womb surface. This can lead to an early miscarriage. In addition, fibroids can sometimes block the entrance to the womb or fallopian tubes, causing infertility. Later on in pregnancy, a large fibroid can disrupt the normal growth pattern of the uterus and this can sometimes lead to a premature birth.

When a woman has problems getting pregnant with fibroids but there is no apparent reason why this should be the case, it has been shown that removal or shrinkage of the fibroids can increase her chances of conceiving by between 40-80%.

If you are considering starting a family and know you have fibroids, it makes complete sense to be proactive and do something about it beforehand as despite most pregnancies ending with the delivery of a healthy baby, there is no doubt that fibroid tumors and pregnancy is not an ideal mix and that problems can occur.

Fibroids are a condition which responds very well to natural remedies and they are an ideal condition to treat because because 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.