About 5% of all women have a uterine fibroid and this is the most common of the noncancerous gynecological tumors. Since fibroids can increase risks during a pregnancy, the health care provider follows a pregnant woman with fibroids carefully.
One of the complications can be that the baby is in a position other than head-down near the time of delivery. This can affect the type of delivery advised. Other possible complications associated with fibroids and pregnancy can be pain, preterm delivery, premature rupture of the membranes, and other difficulties.
Because of the great hormonal changes during pregnancy, fibroids can shrink or grow at this time. The changes occur mostly in the first 3 months of the pregnancy. More pregnancy complications have been found when a fibroid is larger than 10 cm.
If you have fibroids and are pregnant, start early discussions with your health care providers about the risks to be concerned about and how is the best way to be followed during your pregnancy.