In preparation for pregnancy, it is important to know about the potential risks and conditions that can occur with pregnancy, how to spot them, and when to seek treatment. Fibroids are the most common benign gynecological tumors and can be found in 1%-10% of women during pregnancy according to the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.
What Problems Can Fibroids Cause?
If you are found to have fibroids during pregnancy, your doctor will monitor the condition closely to avoid complications. One of the most common problem that occur as a result of fibroids is fetal malpresentation. Fetal malpresentation is when the position of the baby is not properly turned to “head down”.
Some other complications that can occur as a result of fibroids may include:
- Preterm delivery, a baby born prior to 37 weeks
- Premature membrane rupture
- Placenta previa
- Placental abruptions
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Low birth weight
What Kind of Treatment is Available?
One of the most common treatments for fibroid related pain is a medication called Indomethacin. This medication can improve or resolve pain typically within a 48-hour window. While some fibroids will either grow or shrink over the period of a pregnancy, it is still important to stay in communication with your doctor about any notable changes in your condition.
Fibroids in pregnancy can vary from person to person with a variety of outcomes. If you are concerned about fibroids or want to learn more about the risks and treatment, talk to your provider today about your symptoms and treatment options.
Carnegie Imaging for Women blogs are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace certified professional care. Medical conditions vary and change frequently. Please ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding your condition to receive a proper diagnosis or risk analysis. Thank you!