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Fibroids and c section

Posted by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 8:24 AM
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I have a fibroid near my cervix. So my ob said I'm going to have to have a c section. I'm scared cause I always had my kids natural. Anyone else have this issue ??
by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 8:24 AM
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Azure
by Group Admin on Mar. 11, 2016 at 8:47 AM
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I haven't had that situation, but I have had a c-section. If you must have one you can take steps with your ob to help ensure it's as "natural" a c-section as possible. They call them compassionate c-sections or gentle c-sections. I am ignorant on the issue, but I would recommend getting a second opinion and asking if there are any other options. Good luck.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/03/09/390977656/the-gentle-cesarean-more-like-a-birth-than-an-operation

hiraeth
by Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 9:13 AM
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I am 35 weeks, and am in a very similar boat.  I have some smaller fibroids, but I also have one that (as of 26 weeks) was a little larger than a baseball.  Baby is still lying transverse because the fibroid will not allow him to turn.

The OB told me if baby turned (which he hasn't) or if the  fibroid shrank (which as far as I know, it hasn't) I could try for a natural delivery but I would have to go to a specialist an hour and half away to do so.  He said a natural delivery could go fine (apparently fibroids happen to a lot of women) but the specialist would be necessary in case one of the risks came to fruition. Worst case scenarios are... well, worst case scenarios and very scary! Ha.

Since baby hasn't and can't turn, it kind of rules out trying for a natural delivery in my case.  If I were younger and planning on more children I may have been more agressive pursuing trying natural, but I am 35 yrs old with two stepdaughters already.  I would prefer to do whatever is necessary to make sure my little guy arrives into the world safe and sound and in this case that is a c-section.

Since my fibroid is large, it will need removed.  A lot of doctors will not remove a fibroid during a c-section because of how your body has increased blood flow during pregnancy.  My OB said he has removed them during c-sections before, but it is on a case by case basis.  It depends on several factors such as how embedded in the uterus the fibroid is.  They won't know that for sure until they are in there checking it out.  If it cannot be removed during the c-section, I will have to have a separate procedure after hormones and blood flow have regulated. 

It could be left alone for some time without issue, but I can't wait to have it out.  I have had miserable periods for years, heavy heavy flow and cramps.  I just convinvced myself that every woman had to go through it and I just needed to suck it up and not be a baby.  But now that I know my thoughts of excessiveness are justified... I really look forward to having it fixed!

The good news is though that the fibroid should not cause baby any problems during the pregnancy. Baby is safe and sound but just sharing his space a little until it is time for him to enter the world.

Sarah725
by Gold Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:22 AM

I've never had fibroid issues but I've had c-sections.

Sarah725
by Gold Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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I had a friend that had fibroids and they were not an issue by delivery time.  Hopefully it will be the same for you.

Franny76
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM
I hope it's not an issue. I have two small ones up top of the utreus. But the big one is on bottom near the cervix. I'm just scared to death of getting cut.

Quoting Sarah725:

I had a friend that had fibroids and they were not an issue by delivery time.  Hopefully it will be the same for you.

Sarah725
by Gold Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:31 AM
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c-sections aren't that bad.  I've had 4 of them.  

Quoting Franny76: I hope it's not an issue. I have two small ones up top of the utreus. But the big one is on bottom near the cervix. I'm just scared to death of getting cut.
Quoting Sarah725:

I had a friend that had fibroids and they were not an issue by delivery time.  Hopefully it will be the same for you.


.Angelica.
by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 4:14 PM
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Never had fibroids but I've had 3 csections
lovely.mess
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:14 PM
Same here

Quoting .Angelica.: Never had fibroids but I've had 3 csections
timon95
by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 10:21 PM
I have not had either, but i wish you luck and hope everything works out for you
Bob192
by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:42 PM
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I've had a c-section, no fibroids. I would be prepared to rest as much as possible.  I would line up help with cleaning, childcare, meals, etc.  It is a pretty common surgery and you will do great.

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