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Natural Birth with Uterine Fibroids

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PRETTYPOWERFUL
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8/1/09 6:34 P

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I just want you to be encouraged. I have two sons one ten and the other 21 months. I delivered naturally with both of them. With my second I was informed that the pregnancy had caused me to grow 6 fibroids one was "considerably big." The biggest problem they perceived during my pregnancy was my uteraus measuring large. But my son ended up weighing 8 lbs 11 oz. When I had my son I had him naturally, although they did induce me. The birth was fast and for the most part easy (as births go. He began to arrive sunny side up and my doctor went in and manually turned him- that pain deserved meds. My placenta was another issue. My doctor believed it was caught on a fibroid which caused it not to expel. They actually put me to sleep in order to manually extract it but once I was asleep and relaxed it too came out on its own. So, long story short don't let them stress you, If you go into your labor focused you are in control. I am pregnant with my third and no fibroids this time. Again, I plan to have a natural birth. Sometimes the stress of it all is the biggest factor. Be blessed!

Edited by: PRETTYPOWERFUL at: 8/1/2009 (18:38)

JADELOTUS02
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5/23/09 5:46 P

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Ah, I just read something about malposition in labor, and it said that large fibroids can keep the baby from turning into an optimum position for delivery. That makes a ton of sense when you consider that's a major reason for c-section. The good news is that even with fibroids, there are exercises you can do to help the baby into the proper position for birth and increase your chances of a vaginal delivery. I would definitely talk to the midwives in the practice, because they will be more familiar with working with fetal positioning than most OBs.


DS #1 - Born 7/05 - 38wk/6d (Vaginal Frank Breech- All Natural!)
M/C 7/08 - EDD 2/1/09 - 9wk/4d
DS #2 - Born 5/09 - 38wk/6d (Assisted Vaginal Birth - "Almost" All Natural!)

TIMAREE
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5/22/09 8:49 P

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Thanks, ladies! I have done a fair amount of research on fibroids, and so much of the information out there suggests an increased chance in interventions (6x greater risk of c-section, for example). That said, they don't mention how big the fibroids have to be for interventions to occur. My favorite statistic states that 70% of women with fibroids 10cm and larger are able to deliver vaginally. That is at least somewhat reassuring.

That said, I'm hoping to find women who have known they had fibroids and had natural deliveries. I suppose I'm just looking for some reassurance--some anecdotal evidence--that shows me that it's possible to have something akin to that birth I am hoping for.

For now, I'm planning to reschedule my next OB appointment with one of the midwives in the practice and hope for an approach more supportive of natural birth.

Thanks again!

JADELOTUS02
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5/22/09 12:32 A

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The only fibroid complications I know of is if they become large enough, they can cause IUGR or preterm labor because of the crowding in the uterus. But it doesn't sound like that's what your doctor's talking about. I'd ask her to clarify and maybe get a second opinion.


DS #1 - Born 7/05 - 38wk/6d (Vaginal Frank Breech- All Natural!)
M/C 7/08 - EDD 2/1/09 - 9wk/4d
DS #2 - Born 5/09 - 38wk/6d (Assisted Vaginal Birth - "Almost" All Natural!)

TIMAREE
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5/21/09 5:12 P

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Hi Ladies,
I've been lurking around this board for awhile, and it's so encouraging and empowering!
I'm hoping that I can get your advice about a situation I have recently learned about.

At my last OB appointment a week ago, the doctor informed me that I have fibroids. This is something I did not know about previously, so when I asked about the implications for birth and whether or not these three fibroids (the largest is 7cm) could result in major interventions, she said yes, and even told me that my chances of a c-section were going to be greater. I was devastated, and the doctor had little to say to comfort me, stating that c-sections are very routine these days and that many women prefer them, but that we needn't go to the worst-case scenario just yet.

I have already had to abandon my dreams of a birth center birth due to insurance issues, but now it seems that my chances of having a limited-intervention hospital birth may also be on the decline, and I'm a little scared.

Have any of you had successful natural births with uterine fibroids? Do you know if there is anything one can do (if the fibroids are not blocking the birth canal) to continue to ensure a natural birth? So far, we plan to hire a doula, and we're also going to try to have one of the midwives from the OB's practice attend the birth, but beyond this, do you have any advice?

Thanks so much!

Edited by: TIMAREE at: 5/21/2009 (18:07)


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