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Fibroid Factors That Affect Your Treatment Options

Category: Fibroids

There are many women in the world that are affected by fibroids, which naturally means that there are many women looking for effective solutions to this condition. The tricky part is, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to treating uterine fibroids.

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7 Conditions That Can Cause Sporadic Spotting Between Periods

Category: Womens Health

Noticing a few spots of blood between periods can be worrisome, and although women may see spots in their underwear or on toilet tissue, there are usually benign reasons for these occurrences. Here are seven conditions that can cause sporadic spotting between periods in addition to when you should be concerned enough to seek medical advice.

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What’s the Connection Between Allergies and Pregnancy?

Category: Pregnancy

p>You’re already dealing with aches, pains, and (most likely) what feels like world’s smallest bladder. Now add in sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose and you’ve got a perfect pregnancy! 

…or maybe you sense the sarcasm there. But, is there an actual connection between your pregnancy and allergies?

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Fibroid Factors That Increase Your Risk of Complications During Pregnancy

Category: Fibroids, Pregnancy

Once fibroids are discovered, you can expect to see the doctor more often because there may be some fibroid factors that increase your risk of complications during pregnancy.

What Are the Risks?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop inside of the uterus, outside of the uterus, or within the uterine wall itself. They can be very tiny or as large as a grapefruit, so once your doctor determines the size(s) and location of the fibroid(s), they can give you an idea of any particular risks associated with them.  If a fibroid is larger than 5 centimeters there can be additional abdominal pain during pregnancy and an increased urge to urinate more frequently.

Most women with fibroids will experience little to no effect during their pregnancy.  However, up to one-third of women with fibroids may experience some increased risks and complications during their pregnancy and delivery.

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Fetal Growth Restriction or Retardation

Intrauterine growth restriction or IUGR refers to a fetus that does not develop at the normal rate. The fetus is smaller than normal compared with other fetuses of the same gestational age. This term is also used when a child is born less than 5 pounds 8 ounces.

Preterm Delivery

One particular fibroid factor relates to pain from the fibroids during pregnancy. This pain can cause uterine contractions and lead to early delivery. Preterm means being born prior to week thirty-seven, and overall one in eight women deliver preterm.

Placenta Abruption

In this case the placenta breaks away from the uterine wall too early due to a blockage by a fibroid. Since the placenta is what nourishes the fetus, the baby may not get sufficient nutrients or oxygen as a result of an abruption.

Cesarean Delivery

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, women with fibroids are 6 times more likely to have a C-section.

Breech Position Birth

If the uterus is an abnormal shape due to a fibroid(s), it can prevent the baby from getting into the correct position for birth with the head facing down. In some cases there is less amniotic fluid for the baby to move into position for a normal birth.  

It is considered to be a breech birth if the baby’s feet are pointed down. Although many breech babies are born perfectly healthy, this positioning does put your child at a higher risk for birth defects and complications.

Miscarriage

A women with fibroids has double the chance of experiencing a miscarriage.

Best Way Forward

Should you be worried if you are pregnant and have fibroids? Clearly there are some increased risk factors from having fibroids during pregnancy, but it does not guarantee a woman will have complications. Talk to Spartanburg & Pelham OB-GYN about your personal risks and how you can minimize them, if possible.

Speak with Spartanburg & Pelham OB-GYN if you are considering getting pregnant and know you have fibroids. As always, if you have any further questions, contact one of our locations or request an appointment online.

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Your Guide to Preterm Labor Prevention

Category: Pregnancy

Most pregnancies last to term, which is at least 37 weeks. Full term is 39 – 40 weeks, but about 12% of babies in the U.S. are born preterm or prematurely.

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13 Super Foods for Expectant Mothers

These days we hear about super foods for this and super foods for that. There is one group of super foods you shouldn’t ignore though, and those are designated for expectant moms.

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5 Ways to Reduce Pregnancy Puffiness and Swelling

Category: Pregnancy

If you have already had one child, then you know the drill. Pregnancy puffiness and swelling are all part of the deal that comes with bringing new life into the world. With all the joys of waiting for your baby to arrive, including the so-called glow, you also experience the annoying puffiness and swelling.

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What Is a Submucosal Fibroid and How Can It Be Treated?

There are four types of uterine fibroids with submucosal fibroids being the rarest form. A submucosal fibroid is non-cancerous, but it can lead to multiple symptoms and complications for women of childbearing age.

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Why Women With Fibroids are More Likely to Have a C-Section

Category: Fibroids, Pregnancy

If you’re on the path to delivering your child, chances are you’re actively discussing whether or not to have a vaginal or cesarian delivery. For some, the choice is simple. However, if you’re one of the nearly 30 percent of women that experience fibroids by age 35, your decision becomes a bit more difficult. Fibroids may lead to complications with a vaginal delivery, often forcing women to have a c-section, but why is that exactly?

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5 Easy Ways To Avoid Catching The Flu This Season

Unless you are a hermit, live in a bubble, or plan to stay in the woods alone from October through March, you are susceptible to the flu.

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