My doctor probed around my uterus and centered on a mass. The words that were to follow were foreign to me. “Mrs. Ware, did you know you have a fibroid?” At that point, I frantically stammered that I was unaware of my new reality of this foreign object. Fibroids?
Not only was I unaware, but my previous OBGYN hasn’t provided me with any indication that this could be as issue. After much reassuring, my doctor communicated that he was going to send me to a maternal fetal specialist for a more in-depth look to monitor them.
Fibroids? What’s a Fibroid?
The OBGYN gave us a brief overview of what a fibroid is and reassured us that everything was going to be ok. After leaving the office, I told myself that I would not do myself any favors at researching fibroids. Honestly, I’m the worst at self-diagnosing and I probably would have convinced myself that I was on my death bed.
Luckily, my sweet husband is the level-headed one in this relationship and took that task on. He quickly rounded up some quick facts to calm my nerves over the foreign object that currently was playing house with our wee lil unicorn.
He quickly found out that fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus during childbearing years. Most women typically have heavy and/or prolonged menstrual cycles and pelvic pains to indicate that they may have an issue. Yours truly is one of the special people who didn’t have any symptoms.
The cause of fibroids isn’t well understood. Risk factors include a family history of fibroids, obesity, or early onset of puberty. Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods, and pelvic pain. In some cases, there are no symptoms. Treatments include medications and removal of the fibroid. Sources: Mayo Clinic and Others
After my personal in-house doctor, better known as my husband, ease my soul it was time to play the waiting game for our appointment.
From 1 to 5 Fibroids
The appointment day was nerve wrecking. I could not contain myself, as worry took over my mind and body. Would everything be ok? How can this fibroid make things difficult? I’m pregnant?!? With all of these questions running through my head, we were ready to face our family’s fate.
The maternal fetal specialist and ultrasound tech were the most attentive team. We were able to see our wee lil unicorn and quickly were informed that I am the proud owner of 5 fibroids. The good news, none are actually in my uterine wall. The better news, we were going to have one photogenic baby.
You’re probably wondering why the photogenic baby. Each month they planned to have us in to monitor the baby and fibroids growth. We left with the 5 mighty morphin’ fibroids and a healthy little baby.
Far from Perfect Pregnancy
After learning about my fibroids it dawned on me how different we approach pregnancy. I am always in awe how different pregnancy is for so many women. A few women face “perfect pregnancies” without all the symptoms, complications (minor and major), and the joyful instant maternal gene kicking in with ease.
Others have a harder time dealing with a plethora of issues, that we are all too afraid to voice. From fibroids, oddly shaped uteruses, and the guilt of motherhood looming – we never really have a safe space to just be transparent.
I’m here to tell you that you aren’t alone. To be honest, you have nothing to fear. These feelings are real and we allow you to feel that way. Please do yourself a favor and never let anyone tell you differently. Pregnancy is not ever going to be the same for everyone woman and it’s not meant to be.