The first thing you have to know about fibroids and pregnancy is that if you have fibroids now, it is not advisable to get pregnant. However, if you are already pregnant, and you are thinking of the possible problems as you approach your ninth month, we are here to provide you with the information needed so you can make a good decision regarding your condition.
Fibroids, or myomas, are abnormal growths that may occur inside and outside your uterus. There are also some rare instances when a fibroid attaches itself to another organ nearby (this is called a parasitic fibroid). Fibroids are actually just muscle tissue and some hardened connective tissues or fibers.
That’s the problem though: these tumors just keep growing, and they even multiply inside your body. Most of the time, fibroids are relatively small, so they don’t post any major risks, especially if the woman is not pregnant at the time that she was diagnosed with a myoma.
However, when a woman with a fibroid becomes pregnant, she must be monitored closely by a physician, because fibroids can cause a lot of issues during a pregnancy. Here are some of the most common ones:
– Pre-pregnancy, a large fibroid inside the uterus can prevent conception. As you can see, fibroids are really bad news for women who want to conceive and give birth, because they affect the exact same area where the baby attaches itself for nine whole months.
– It has been established the fibroids can also cause sudden miscarriages. Expectant mothers should limit stress and physical strain, especially if they have fibroids, because they are at high risk for miscarriage as it is.
– Not all pregnancies touched by fibroids end in tragedy. However, it should also be noted that even if a miscarriage doesn’t occur, an expectant mother can still experience premature labor. The premature labor is brought about by the sudden rupturing of the membranes inside the uterus. Any rupturing inside the uterus can cause premature labor.
– In some documented cases, fibroids have also been known to cause troubles after a woman has given birth. A retained placenta is a real danger if the mother has multiple, large fibroids inside the uterus.
These are all worst-case scenarios, and as a woman who may have already been diagnosed with fibroids, it is your responsibility to know what might happen if you conceive without having your fibroids removed. There are many treatments available to women who have fibroids.
It might be a good idea to have them removed before getting pregnant, to cut down your risk for problems significantly. Trust us, you wouldn’t want to gamble your pregnancy away by getting pregnant right after you have been diagnosed with large fibroids.
Talk to your physician about a myomectomy, or similar procedure, so only the tumors in the uterus will be removed. After you have been given a clean bill of health you can get pregnant without having to fear about what the fibroids will do to your pregnancy.