During the end of the second trimester when I was pregnant with my daughter, I started having this sharp pain that would linger for hours, sometimes days. It got really bad once so I went for a check-up and that was where I got diagnosed with fibroid.
I was scared; the stories I’d heard of fibroid were not pleasant and I felt it would harm my baby. My gynae assured me that, although painful, fibroid in pregnancy was fairly common and could be managed.
An estimated 25% of women have fibroid and of this figure, black women are reported to have the highest rate the world over. In most cases, these women are unaware of the situation as fibroid is most often benign and presents no symptoms. However, during pregnancy, certain hormones especially estrogen are released in excess and this causes the fibrous tissue to increase in size. This is also when the symptoms become visible, chief among which is the pain.
Fibroid in pregnancy can be extremely painful and in some very rare cases, it could also cause bleeding, miscarriage, placenta abruption, placenta previa, fetal growth restriction, or even pre-term labour. But like most ailment, it can be managed to give you a less stressful and pain-free pregnancy.
How to Manage Fibroid in Pregnancy
First off, you should never attempt to prescribe drugs for yourself when having one or two symptoms. Most medications for fibroid are best taken before pregnancy as they may harm or hinder the development of your baby. Medications should only be taken with your doctor’s prescription.
Here are some proven remedies that. work for relieving fibroid pain:
1. Bed Rest
Taking a bed rest of 3-5 days usually relieves the pain and is highly recommended.
2. Increase Your Water Intake
The frequent trips to the restroom is never pleasant, so most pregnant women try to take in just the quantity of water their bodies and baby need, no more. However, staying hydrated will bring you some relief from the pain of uterine fibroid.
3. Take a Mild Analgesic
A mild analgesic should be taken to bring relief. And comfort when the pain is severe. It should, however, be taken under a doctor’s directives.
4. Apply Warm Castor Oil on the Site of the Pain
Another remedy for fibroid pain is a warm castor oil solution. Heat up a little quantity of this oil and apply it all over the spot where you feel the pain.
5. Place a Warm Compress or a Hot Water Bottle to the Pain Spot
A lot of women report experiencing some relief from applying a kind of low heat to the pain spot. A warm compress is applied for a while and the pain starts to dissipate.
6. Adjust Your Diet
At this point, you should eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans, and foods high in fiber.
You might want to eat a lot of leafy green vegetables, organic foods, foods rich in beta-carotene, foods high in iron, whole grains, and flaxseeds.
Some Foods to Avoid
Some food you should avoid or limit when you have uterine fibroid include:
1. Red meat
2. Beverages with caffeine
3. High-fat dairy products
4. White food
5. Refined sugar