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Fibroids and Pregnancy: Need to Know Facts and Advice

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Fibroids and Pregnancy: Need to Know Facts and Advice

Hey Jubies, 

Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, but it can also be full of challenges, especially if you have fibroids. Many women with fibroids go on to have successful pregnancies, but there are some potential risks and complications that you need to be aware of.

So I will give you some ‘deets’ about fibroids and pregnancy, including symptoms, treatment options, and tips for a healthy pregnancy. Whether you’re pregnant or planning to conceive, read on to learn more and don’t forget to share with a sister. 

Fibroids and Pregnancy: Symptoms and Risks

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Fibroids can cause a range of symptoms during pregnancy, including:

  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Urinary incontinence or frequency
  • Constipation
  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic pressure or fullness
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

In some cases, fibroids can also increase the risk of certain pregnancy complications, such as:

  • Miscarriage
  • Preterm labor
  • Placental abruption
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Malpresentation (abnormal fetal position)

If you have fibroids and are pregnant, working closely with your healthcare provider to monitor any symptoms or potential complications is essential. They may recommend additional ultrasounds or other tests to ensure your pregnancy progresses as it should.

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Fibroids and Pregnancy: Treatment Options

If you have fibroids and are pregnant, several treatment options are available, depending on the size, location, and number of fibroids, as well as your overall health and your baby’s health.

Some common treatment options for fibroids during pregnancy include:

  1. Observation and monitoring: In many cases, fibroids do not cause significant problems during pregnancy. But to be cautious, your healthcare provider might want to pay close attention to the fibroids and the baby. Some fibroids grow as the baby develops, and they might want to keep a close eye on them to ensure they develop as they should. You do not have to be nervous; close monitoring is best for you and your bundle of joy. 
  2. Surgery: If your fibroids are causing significant symptoms or complications, your provider may recommend surgery to remove them. However, surgery during pregnancy is generally only considered in rare cases, and the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed.

Fibroids and Pregnancy: Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

If you have fibroids and are pregnant, there are a few things you can consider doing to help to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and reduce your risk of complications. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Stay active: Exercise can help improve circulation, reduce stress, and promote a healthy pregnancy. Remember, low-impact exercises are your best friend. 
  2. Eat a healthy diet: Eating a well-balanced diet can help provide your baby with the nutrients they need to grow and develop. So we know those cravings might come during your pregnancy, but do not digress into poor eating habits. Include berries and colours in your meals to keep them fun and attractive while staying healthy. 
  3. Manage stress: Pregnancy can be stressful, especially if you are dealing with fibroids. Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or prenatal yoga to help manage stress. 
  4. Get plenty of rest: Pregnancy can be tiring, so be sure to get plenty of rest and prioritize sleep. If you never capitalized on the 8 hours you should have been getting before pregnancy, ensure you do so if and when you are pregnant. If you need a nap during the day, then take one. Your rest is crucial during your pregnancy. 

All in all, pregnancy is a beautiful experience even with fibroids, but it will not be without its challenges. But note challenges with pregnancy are not limited to women with fibroids, so share coping skills with friends and talk to your sister who has gone through it. Sometimes a shoulder to lean on is all you need.

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