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Fibroids And Pregnancy Symptoms
Hi, can a fibroid mimic pregnancy symptoms like nausea, bloating, slight cramping, headaches, food aversions, and backache and darkening areola?
Some symptoms: They can cause pain, urinary frequency and urgency if large enough as well as back pain. However, they don't exhibit the hormonal changes that cause darkening of the areola. Fibroid torsion or degeneration may cause nausea and vomitting, but is usually associated with severe pain too. Food aversion also not really related to fibroids. Headaches from anemia also common. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
PG/Fibroid symptoms: Fibroid symptoms and pregnancy symptoms are easily differentiated as one produces abdominal swelling and no period and the other abdominal swelling with generally heavy or prolonged periods in a nutshell. A physical exam by an MD can further delineate the differences. ...Read more
I have a fibroid, a lot of pregnancy symptoms, yet bleeding quite heavily. Hormonal imbalance/pregnant or something else?
Pregnant. Blood test is negative, found fibroids on ultrasound. Having pregnant symptoms since september, and baby kicks. What other test prove pregnancy?
Probably not.: If your blood test is negative, and there is no baby in your uterus, then you are probably not pregnant. If you are, it would be a dangerous ectopic pregnancy but a repeat blood test should be enough to prove that you are not. Could the baby "kicks" be stool in the bowel or bowel gas moving around instead? Fibroids can make you feel full or pregnant. You should talk to your provider. ...Read more
Hard pregnant like belly&leaking breasts along w/other pregnancy like symptoms. Not pregnant. No ovarian cysts or fibroids&thyroids fine. What's wrong?
Ultrasound showed I have enlarged uterus with 12 mm lining. I have no fibroids. Period is due soon. Could enlarged uterus mean early pregnancy symptom?
Probably not: An "enlarged uterus with a 12 mm lining" is not likely to "mean early pregnancy". A blood betaHCG / pregnancy test is much more reliable and accurate. ...Read more
Location and size: If the placenta implants over a fibroid it can impact fetal growth and increase the chances of placental separation later in pregnancy. Also if the fibroids are large they can degenerate during pregnancy causing pain, cramping and even preterm labor. Finally, if a fibroid is large and located in the lower uterine segment, it can obstruct fetal descent. ...Read more
Perhaps -: If a dr. Did a pelvic exam and thought the uterus was enlarged, they may have suspected or suggested a possible pregnancy - when a fibroid was making the uterus larger than normal. With any kind of imaging (ultrasound, ct scan, mri) - it would not be possible to mistake a pregnancy for a fibroid. ...Read more
Yes: Most women with fibroids do not have problems conceiving and can have a safe and healthy pregnancy. However, sometimes fibroids can cause significant fertility and pregnancy issues. Many women wonder if they should have surgery before conceiving. This is a very individualized decision. Please talk with your gyn or a reproductive endocrinologist. Consider a second opinion before major surgery. ...Read more
Alter position/deliv: The location of fibroids can have several effects during pregnancy.The fetus can assume an altered position where a feature like the face or body parts will show transient distortions. (smushed appearance,) it can also prevent the baby from settling in a head or bottom down position & lead to a surgical delivery. ...Read more
Yes: This depends on fibroid size and location and especially if the fibroid extends or protrudes into the uterine cavity. Fibroids respond to estrogen (high in pregnancy) by increasing in size. They may revert to normal size after pregnancy. They can also interfere with normal labor. Most obstetricians measure them with ultrasound monthly or so during pregnancy. ...Read more
Fibroid pregnancy: Fibroids in pregnancy usually do not post much of a problem. The two main things they can cause are pain if they are degenerative, or obstruction of delivery if they are toward or in the cervix. Most intramural fibroids do not cause problems and the care for the pregnancy is no different. This assumes you have not have prior surgery to remove fibroids. ...Read more
What are fibroids and their effects on pregnancy? Do fibroids grow at the rate a baby grows if the woman is pregnant?
Benign muscle tumors: Fibroids can grow in pregnancy and usually don't cause problems unless they block the birth canal (requiring c-section for delivery), prevent good placental attachment and fetal perfusion (growth restriction), and rarely grow big enough to cause compression effects. They can be followed by ultrasound during your pregnancy & your OB will keep you and your baby safe. Good luck with your baby! ...Read more
When I lie down and my face is up on the bed, the fibroid in me shows like pregnancy but when am up it normal. My question is why that?
Effect of gravity:
When you lie down, gravity pulls at the sides of your abdomen, flattening your stomach. You also relax your abdominal muscles.
When you stand up, gravity pulls all of your organs towards your feet, and you tighten up your abdominal muscles, "hiding" your fibroid.
Also, it is possible that what you think is your fibroid is really something else (abdominal wall hernia). Show it to your doctor. ...Read more
Likely: The size and number, and location is relevant. ...Read more
Large fibroid: I have had patients with 7cm and 8cm fibroids in pregnancy. Two things of importance are 1). If you are not pregnant within a year of trying you should see a fertility specialist and 2). Having such a large fibroid means that you should see an obgyn for scheduled monitoring. If you get pregnant the fibroid will likely not cause you any trouble. ...Read more
Yes: Fibroids can grow and degenerate depending on their vascular and hormonal support. ...Read more
I had a sex after 12 days of my fibroid surgery, will it effect on future recovery or in pregnancy?
What do you advise if I was diagnosed with fibroids, pco, and now adenomyoma. Can pregnancy be possible?
Yes, possible: You'd need to be examined and evaluated in person to say what the bets options and the chances are, but - especially if 31 years is correct - there are chances to get pregnant. Good luck. ...Read more
Can you have a linea nigra appear due to a fibroid or cyst? Or what other reasons besides pregnancy can cause one to appear/darken?
Hi, 1st US at 13wk and found multiple fundal subserosal fibroids. Largest, 47x35x51mm. Can this affect my pregnancy and how big can it get at FT? Thnx
Fibroids in pregnanc: Fibroids due to tend to enlarge during pregnancy, as fibroids tend to grow in response to higher estrogen levels, this varies from one pregnancy to another. Fibroids can cause complications in pregnancy and your doctor may want to follow the pregnancy more closely with more frequent USs. The doctor who is following your pregnancy is the best person to provide you with more information. ...Read more
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more