Fibroids and pregnancy don’t always go together and women who have fibroids can find it increasingly difficult to get pregnant.
How Fibroids Interfere With Pregnancy
There are a number of ways in which fibroids can affect the ability to get pregnant:
A fertilized egg needs to attach itself to the wall of the uterus in order to grow and develop but the more fibroids that exist, the more difficult it will be for the egg to find a home thereby creating an increased hostile environment for a fertilized egg to develop.
However, sometimes it is possible to get pregnant with fibroids but it can lead to problems.
Fibroids tend to grow much faster during pregnancy because of increased hormone levels. In fact fibroids can grow so fast that they outgrow their blood supply and begin to die. Pain is the primary symptom of fibroid degeneration and can start around the 20th week of pregnancy. There may also be light bleeding, nausea and low-grade fever.
If you are pregnant and you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is crucial that you call your doctor right away. Red degeneration shouldn’t hurt the baby but the pain may last from a few days to a couple of weeks. The best place to be during this time is in the hospital where the doctor can keep an eye on you.
Pregnancy can cause fibroids to grow up to five times in size and they can be so numerous and large that they crowd the baby, not allowing proper development. Abnormal birth weight, deformation and underdeveloped organs can be the result.
It can also cause the placenta to detach from the uterus causing the baby to suffocate due to lack of oxygen.
Some doctors may encourage pregnant women with fibroids to have an abortion and then have a myomectomy before trying again for a baby. They also say that if fibroids begin to degenerate they can cause uterine contractions which sometimes results in premature delivery.
Women with fibroids are six times as likely to have their babies by cesarean section.
However, if you are already pregnant and want to have a baby it is important to know that it is possible to go through an uncomplicated pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby. Find a doctor that is supportive and who is willing to work through any complications throughout the pregnancy.
Fibroids and Pregnancy – Lifestyle Changes
There are a number of changes you can make to make your pregnancy safer and more comfortable:
Reduce stress by writing down any worries you have and share them with friends who are willing to listen. Sometimes writing things down and talking about your fears helps to relieve some stress. Another great way to relieve stress is by doing meditation and deep breathing exercises.
This relaxation CD is especially made for de-stressing during pregnancy.
Limit your intake of dairy or buy organic. Pregnancy, with all the crazy hormone fluctuations can make pre-existing fibroids grow much faster. Most dairy, unless organic, has artificial, synthetic growth hormones and encourages excess estrogen, which fibroids feed on.
Get as much exercise as you can. Go walking a few times per week.
Eat a lot of vegetables.
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