Understand all about Fibroid during Pregnancy and its Treatment

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 04, 2011

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  • Fibroid during pregnancy creates a complicated situation.
  • Fibroid tumour is also known as leiomyoma or myoma.
  • After pregnancy, fibroids mostly shrink in size.
  • Ice pack can be applied to the area to make it numb.

Fibroid tumour is also known as leiomyoma or myoma. It is mass of compacted muscles and fibrous tissues that grow in or around uterus walls. On an average fibroids occur in 50 to 80 percent of women. Its size can vary from that of a pea to as big as a grapefruit.


treating fibroids during pregnancy

Fibroid during pregnancy creates a complicated situation but the good news is that majority of pregnant women that have fibroids have delivered healthy babies. Experts are of the opinion that one should not take treatment for fibroid during pregnancy instead its growth must be monitored by your doctor. It is only after pregnancy that you can start full-fledge treatment of fibroids.


Treatment of Fibroids in Pregnancy

  • One of the best ways to heal fibroids is to avoid stress. If you are not able to cope with the stress in your life then you can even opt for therapies that can relieve your stress. Acupuncture, acupressure, body massage, yoga and meditation can help you to keep stress at bay.
  • Slight changes in diet can also bring relieve from symptoms of fibroids. Organic and cultured yoghurt, soy products, blackstrap molasses and sea vegetables must be included in the diet. Besides this, Vitamin K reduces excessive blood flow. Indole-3-carbinol helps to support liver detoxification.


Ways to Treat Fibroid Pain during Pregnancy

  • Fibroid pain can be dealt by changing body postures. Usually bed rest brings relief to pregnant women with fibroid but lying down for long durations can even add to discomfort. Changing body position can help.
  • Ice pack can be applied to numb the problematic area.
  • If pain is severe then consult your gynaecologist for pain medications that will not affect your pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor to know whether the fibroid is such a place that can complicate the pregnancy. Your doctor may perform pelvic examination or an ultrasound and start the treatment if needed.


Treatment of Fibroid after Pregnancy

After pregnancy, fibroids mostly shrink in size and do not cause any problem. But if you still have symptoms (prolonged period, heavy bleeding, pain during intercourse, constipation, back pain or pelvic pain) then you can opt for:

  • Medication to shrink fibroids.
  • Ablation of fibroid by surgery.
  • Hysterectomy.

Most pregnancies with fibroids do just fine, and sometimes women do not seem to even know that they have them, and the worst part is that there are no symptoms as such. It is important to get diagnosed early so that treatment is swift.

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  • trupti18 Aug 2012

    hello doctor, i m 6 weeks 3 days pregnant however on sonography it was found i have 4 cm fibroid inside my uterus and 8 cm outside but attached to uterus....doctors have asked me to continue with it and lets see attitude but i want to know whether it will be safe to remove it first and then try to concieve as i m NOT feeling delighted having baby with these complication of fibroid as there would often be fear of pain and danger to me and my baby... please reply....

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