Fibroid is a common problem during and after pregnancy. The fibroid tumour, also called as Leiomyoma or Myoma is a mass of fibrous tissues that grow around the walls of the uterus. As per stats, nearly 50 to 80 percent women get fibroids where the size of the tumour varies from small to big. This does complicate the health of the woman but this doesn't mean that it will affect delivery. Most of the woman delivered healthy babies despite having fibroids. While the treatment of fibroid is possible, doctors say that one shouldn't take treatment during pregnancy.
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.
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 fibroid treatment is swift.
Here is a video by Mayo Clinic talking about the possible treatment options for Fibroid.
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