- How should I deal with fibroids during pregnancy?
- Do fibroids affect my pregnancy?
- Can fibroids be removed during a c-section?
Those are example questions that women frequently ask when they find out they have a fibroid during pregnancy.
Half of women population in Thailand has detected uterine fibroid at the first pregnancy ultrasound because they are unaware of the presence of the tumor until they get an ultrasound done.
Complications of Uterine Fibroid During Pregnancy
Uterine fibroid will or will not cause a problem with the pregnancy; depends on the size, the location of the fibroid and other additional risk factors. So, the complications in each case will be different.
- Pregnancy hormones may cause fibroids to grow faster than usual and can cause severe pain.
- Fibroids which grow during pregnancy can result in miscarriage.
- A large fibroid can interfere with a fetus’s growth.
- A large fibroid increase the risk for preterm delivery.
- Fibroid can make natural delivery impossible that may necessitate a c-section.
- A large fibroid can also increase the risk of heavy bleeding after delivery.
How to manage Uterine Fibroid during Pregnancy?
Besides keeping your womb healthy, the mother-to-be should pay attention to abnormal fibroid symptoms. A painkiller might be used in order to relief abdomen pain but importantly, any medical product to be consumed must be prescribed by a doctor. You should call an emergency as you feel a premature contraction. Moreover, the mother-to-be should follow antenatal care appointment regularly in order to examine overall fetus’s health and the fibroid size.
FAQ: “Is natural childbirth possible, if I have a uterine fibroid?”
Having a fibroid is not a problem of giving the natural birth. Just consult with your doctor on the size and location of your fibroids. A natural delivery must be done under specialist attention to avoid postpartum hemorrhage condition.
“Should I remove fibroid during c-section delivery?”
In general, the doctor suggests not to remove fibroid during C-Section delivery because of the risk of bleeding out is dangerous to a mother. Yet, in some case such as subserosal uterine fibroids, the doctor will consider individually. Normally, the size of fibroid will naturally begin to shrink after delivery and a removal surgery may not be needed.
However, complying with the ultrasound check-up schedule concerns on an fetus’s health and size of the tumor is the key to deal with uterus fibroid during pregnancy.
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