If you are thinking about having a baby, you are no doubt excited about the prospect of becoming a parent. However, if you have fibroids, you may be wondering about the connection between fibroids and pregnancy.
Getting pregnant with fibroids is often not as big an issue as many women imagine it to be. Indeed, most women go on to have normal conceptions, pregnancies and deliveries. However, there are potential problems at each step and it is important that you are aware of what the issues are.
If you are worried about fibroids and pregnancy, one of the possible problems which can occur is a blockage of the fallopian tube or cervix. Even small fibroids which just happen to develop at the entrance of either of these structures can block the passage of sperm, causing infertility. Another possible problem relates to submucosal fibroids. If larger fibroids develop just beneath the womb lining, they can distort the uterine cavity and, in some cases, stop implantation of a fertilized egg.
Later in pregnancy, occasionally larger fibroids can cause the baby to be born a little early, but this is not usually a problem. If fibroids are situated lower down in the uterus, the can obstruct delivery, so a cesarean may be required.
Fibroids are undoubtedly a sign that something is wrong within the body. Fibroids and pregnancy are not the ideal mix, therefore if you are aware that you have fibroids before conception, it makes perfect sense to try to get rid of them if at all possible as a fibroid-free pregnancy is best for both mother and baby. Surgery and drug treatments are not always the best treatment for fibroids and with the prospect of a forthcoming pregnancy, neither of these options are suitable.
Many women get their bodies ready for pregnancy by eating healthier, doing more exercise, having health checks and perhaps taking appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements. Taking steps to shrink your fibroids to minimize the possibility of fibroids having any possible negative impact makes perfect sense.