Pregnancy After A Myomectomy

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Joker - July 18

Hi everyone. A little background on myself. I have been pregnant once. When I was 8 weeks pregnant I went to the ER because of severe abdominal pain and discovered that I had fibroids!?! I never had any symptoms of having fibroids but there they were on the ultrasound. I made it to 23 weeks and went into pre-term labor. I had a baby girl (Taylor Marie) she didn't make it. She was just way too early. I'm now preparing myself to have a myomectomy done end of this early next year and then trying again. I started this discussion for people out there who have had a mymectomy to share thier own stories and offer support for those who are heading down the road to a myomectomy and those who have had it done.

 

Joker - July 21

I will be able to give more info as far as the types/size/location and how fibroids I have. I have an appt in Sept to do an U/S with my regular Ob/Gyn and then I guess from there I will be sent to a specialist.

 

Goobers - August 1

Hello..My story is very similar. I also have been pregnant once and when I was about 15 weeks pregnant I discovered I had Fibroids via and Ultrasound. I never knew of or had any complications of Fibroids but I indeed had 2 big ones..one they said was about the size of a grapefruit. They were both on the outside of the Uterus. At 20 weeks pregnant I went into pre-term labor and had 2 beautiful identical baby boys whom didn't make it. It was just way too early for them. I am very eager to get pregnant again soon and through lots of research and deep thought and Drs. advice I had a Myomectomy 3 weeks ago. Since Fibroid was so large they couldn't do a bikini cut. The surgery was very successful and to my surprise after surgery I found out the biggest fibroid actually was about the size of a football and weighed over four lbs. I feel alot more comfortable and am very glad I got the surgery. I am healing well and looks like my scar won't be very noticable at all. I had an excellent Dr.

 

Joker - August 3

Hi Goobers..I'm so sorry for your lost. I am happy for you that your surgery was sucessful. I bet when you found out about the fibroids the docs were suprised you didn't have any problems before. I knew my doctor was..I believe my fibroids are inside the uterus..I know for sure one is as big as a grapefruit and sits on top of my bladder. How long after your delivery did you wait to have the surgery? I am too hoping I will get a good doctor. I have an appointment in Sept to do an ultrasound with my gyn and I guess from there he will refer me to a specialist for treatment. I am very nervous about doing the surgery because it is soooo important for the doctor doing the surgery to st_tch you up right. Goober I am glad you are doing well. Thank You for sharing your story <---lack of a better word.......*******. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.

 

Pryncss1013 - August 6

Hi, ladies, well I too have a similar story to share. I went into pre-term labor at 22 weeks due to the fibroids (10 in total). Throughout my pregnancy, I went to the ER 3 times because of the persistent pain from the fibroids. They made my pregnancy (which should have been the happiest time for my husband & I) a nightmare from beginning to end. I gave birth March 12th to a baby boy Alexandro(when my water broke), who did not make it either. For weeks I was devastated...like I was in a nightmare I couldn't wake up from. My baby's due date was supposed to be July 7th (subsequently also my husband's birthday). I had my myomectomy on Monday, July 10th. Right now, I'm in the recovery stage. Last February I was given a clean bill of health from my GYN to precede w/ my conception plans. I have had fibroids for approx. 10 yrs., however outside of heavy menses & bad cramps there was no alarms during any of my examinations. However, when I got pregnant in October, the optimism turned to worry and concern quickly 1. at the rate at which they'd grown & 2. the location of them (imagine my horror w/ that news). During your U/S you'll find out the type, location & exact size of the fibroids in preparation for the surgery. My fibroids were pretty large also (I was told I had a pretty impressive sized uterus the day of my surgery) & the fibroids were all bundled together, the surgeon's pre-surgery intention was only to remove 4-5 of them but during the surgery his final decision was to remove them all. I received the bikini incision which is healing pretty well thus far. I was blessed to find a surgeon that came highly recommended & top in his field at Mt. Sinai Hospital (NY). During my post-op visit my surgeon informed me to wait 3 menstrual cycles before trying again & that his recommendation is for a c-section delivery in the future (general recommendation after such surgery). I too am extremely eager to get back on track. Joker, I wish you the best on your upcoming surgery...don't worry, the surgery will be over before you know it. Goobers, you and I had our surgeries days apart I wish you the very best as well. I felt like no one really understood what I was going through because I don't have any friends or family that went through what I did. Ladies I appreciate you sharing your stories. Let's all keep in touch!!

 

Joker - August 6

Hi Pryncss1013, I am sorry to hear about your little baby boy. I too went to the ER 3 times for spotting and pain early on in the pregnancy but after about 16 weeks I was doing great and at 22/23 weeks I felt great..so great that I started feeling like this pregnancy was going to last, I was even bold enough to buy maternity clothes and then a few days later was when I went into pre-term labor. I am glad that your surgery was a success and they were able to remove ALL the fibroids! I too did not have any signs that I had fibroids not even heavy mens or bad cramps, but once I got pregnant there was no doubt about them being there and they grew at a rapid rate and the largest of them was located right above my bladder and very very close to the placenta. I am looking forward to doing my surgery but I am scared to death it will be my luck that I get a doctor who is unable to perform and I end up losing my uterus.. That right there would just kill me. But on the other hand I am trying to be very hopeful. Pryncss1013 and Goobers, thank you very much for sharing your story. I know it is not an easy thing to do and I really really appreciate it. I wish it were under happier circ_mstances that we were sharing but hopefully we will be able to share happier stories in the future. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are progressing. Best wishes to you all.

 

MelissaK - August 8

Ladies - First off, my heart breaks to hear of such late late losses. My loss was at close to 15 weeks, and they thought it was because of fiborids. I had a myo in March. I am pregnant now (first try after Myo) but my first scan at 7 weeks showed a sack and a yolk sac but no fetal pole. So I probably am MCing now, I have another scan on Thursday to confirm demise. ANYWAY, this is not related to the myo, just a cruel twist of fate. Joker, a myo is a good decision in my opinion. The best way to get through it is a VERY positive att_tude, try to sit up as early as the day of surgery, and stroll the hospital on the 2nd day. I was let out within 48 hours. GOOBERS_ Holy cow!! The size of football? My gosh!! My bioggest was a softball and I could not believe that had been inside me without my knowledge. Good luck to all. Make sure you have good insurance. The whole procedure, everything, costs about $25k. Oh, alos, with my scan last week, they found ANOTHER fibroid. A new one at 1 cm. So once you have the Myo you need to act FAST to get through TTC and a pregnancy before they come back! In my case I waited 3 months. Don't be afraid Joker, it's invasive YES, but it is routine and you'll be fine.

 

Goobers - August 11

Joker, You asked how long I waited after loss of pregnancy to have the myomectomy. I had it almost 3 months later to the day. I didn't want to wait too long cause I am so eager to be pregnant again

 

Joker - August 11

Hi everyone. MelissaK sorry for your loss and for what you are going through with this pregnancy. I hope everything works out for you. I'm anxiously waiting for my appt in Sept to get an idea of when I will be doing the surgery. I have military insurance so hopefully I will have a surgeon who is excellent. Take Care and lets all keep intouch.

 

Joker - August 23

How is everyone doing?

 

LeilasMommy - August 24

Hi Ladies I have been a lurker for the last 10 months and found all of the stories in the FIBROID thread helpful. In 2004 I too went into pre-term labor at 23 weeks and my baby did not make it. I had a myomectomy back in 1999 however, none of the doctors could tell me for certain that my current fibroids were the cause of my loss. I decided against a 2nd myomectomy as I was only 32 with no children. I decided to move forward by faith and in November 2005 I found out I was pregnant and was excited and scared at the same time. I immediately stopped working out and became one LAZY PREGNANT woman - the last time i was active and may have over done it. In any event, as my pregnanct progressed I remember that at every sonogram visit the doctor at the facility always pointed out that I had a FIBROID UTERUS and I would most likely go early. Well I am happy to say that I went right on time and had no complications what so ever with a FIBROID UTERUS. There is hope ladies. I am proof of that , My beautiful baby girl was born on August 3 by c-section. Get this I have 2 large FIBROIDS and about 6-7 of smaller cluster ones. Yes during my pregnancy my baby had limited space..but she was healthy and I made it without having to go under the knife again. I would say to those contemplating another myo -to see a RE and discuss the options which may work instead. Good luck!

 

Joker - August 24

Congrats LeilasMommy, I am so happy for you. My doctors are also unsure if the fibroids were the real reason why I went into pre-term labor. I very much think it was because there was a huge one right against the placenta so I think that was the cause right there. I will be able to find out more when I go to my appt in sept for an ultrasound. From there I will be referred to a specialist and discuss my treatment and schd a surgery. I definately have to get mine taken out because they are aggressive growers. I'm looking forward to getting pa__s the surgery and recovering and trying again. Thank you for sharing your story, it really does give me hope.

 

LeilasMommy - August 25

Joker Good luck to you. After I had my pre-term labor the RE did advise that I not hold of getting pregnant again - in my case since it was my 1st pregnancy he stated that it was no uncommon for you to miscarry and that there are no guarantees that it was my fibroids who caused it. I just was not sure if I wanted to try again so soon nor did I want to go under the knife again which would also not guarantee anything. We just decided to put off having a baby until the time was right...long and behold w/out any planning I got pregnant a year and 1/2 later - which was good for me since it gave me a chance to grieve the loss of my 1st baby...even now that I had a healthy baby I am still debating if I should have another myo in the event that I want to have another child. One great thing about having fibroids was that my baby was localized in my uterus to the right side and for the last 3 months was head down which meant no complications when my c-section was done! I am wishing you the best in the future and a happy healthy baby soon!! Just don't give up hope...and also remember that doctors make mistakes you have to keep the faith- the 1st ultrasound I had was horrible as the doctor pretty much said that she would be shocked if I made it to term...I remember coming home crying my eyes out...lucky for me.my husband encouraged me to have positive thoughts and to take the extra precautions necessary - so that is why I was a LAZY pregnant woman. I took it one day at a time and was steadfast in my faith that this pregnancy would trun out fine....I am hoping for the same for you and anyother woman on this board who is faced with the same problem... LeilasMommu

 

Joker - September 10

Hi everyone. I had my doc appt and have to go back for a u/s with a specialist to get size/location/# of fibroids. My uterus is about the size of a 20-23 week pregnancy which means these fibroids have not shrunk! After my u/s I have to go back to my doc and go over the results. He says I will need to be put on drugs to help shrink fibroids and take iron supps to build my iron up so we can do surgery. I'm hoping to have it done in feb 07. Has anyone else taken the drugs to shrink fibroids prior to having surgery? How is everyone else doing? MelissaK, how are you doing? Please check in and let us know.

 

moon - September 27

Hi Joker! How are you doing? Did you start taking the drugs? I am in a very similar situation. I had a miscarriage in july (week 14 - see in the fibroids-thread...). Nobody knows, if it was because of the two fibroids (8 and 10 cm). However, they haven't shrunk since and I have even developped a third one.... Since I am still bleeding 9 weeks after the mc, my gyn recommended to take them all out. In order to shrink them, I will get "Lupron Depot" via shots starting tomorrow and then have the surgery in 4 to 6 month. I am a bit worried about being put in "artificial" menopause, how will my body react to the drugs? Since my insurance doesn't cover a laparoscopy ("modern" surgery with a camera, which would mean only a small cut and little recovery time), I will have a laparotomy to remove the fibroids. I am scared that this surgery will influence my chances of getting pregnant again...Also, it sounds like a long process.... How dou you feel about the surgery? Will you have it the traditional way or will you have a laparoscopy? I would like to hear more about your thought and fears.... Are you glad you're going to have the fibroids removed or do you have doubts too? I have read of so many women who had a baby despite having fibroids, that I sometimes think, I should just go ahead and try to get pregnant again without having the fibroids removed, and then let destiny decide....- To read MelissaK's story, who had the fibroids removed and got pregnant right away, was very comforting.. However, it is sad to read that you have complications again... How are you doing, Melissa? I pray that your pregnancy is progressing and the Baby is doing fine. Please, let me know, how you are all doing.

 

skn331 - September 28

My story is on the "Fibroids" thread, but I just wanted to say for those who havent read anything over there that I had a myomectomy after not being able to get pregnant for 10 years. I also had a T-shaped uterus, which was reshaped. 10 months after the surgery I got pregnant and by then I had 4 more fibroids.... I carried to term though, with minimal problems and had a c-section at 37.5 weeks. Due to the scar tissue from the uterine surgery my doc didnt want to risk v____al delivery. Good luck to everyone. Joker, I cant wait to hear that you are pregnant after this surgery. I'll be thinking about you.

 

moon - October 5

How is everyone doing? I got my first shot of Lupron today... This is supposed to shrink my multipe fibroids within the next 3 months, so that I can have the myomectomy in january. Am a bit worried - not yet about the surgery but about the symptoms of menopause that are expected to occur within the next weeks... Anybody else in the same situation? I hope you are all doing fine.

 

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