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Pregnancy Risks of Women With Fibroids

Fibroids are benign tumors of muscular and fibrous tissues, typically developing in the wall of the uterus. Studies have yet to discover what causes fibroids to grow and how to cure them. These fibroids can sometimes be painful, cause women to have excessive bleeding during their menstrual cycles, and affect their ability to conceive a child.

Women who have been previously diagnosed with uterine fibroids by their OBGYN should consider talking to a fertility specialist before trying to conceive children.

Majority of women will not experience any complications when pregnant despite the presence of Uterine Fibroids. However, a 2010 study by Lee, H. J., Norwitz, E. R., & Shaw, J. (2010) entitled ‘Contemporary management of fibroids in pregnancy. Reviews in obstetrics & gynecology,’ 3(1), 20–27 found that 10-30% of women are bound to develop complications.

Abnormal Bleeding and Pain

Bleeding and pain are attributed to the growing fetus pressing on the fibroids. However, women reported that the bleeding stopped after the first trimester. Bleeding and pain are not the best signs during pregnancy, and if symptoms persist, immediately contact the fertility specialists at your in vitro fertilization clinic in Davao.


Research shows that the risk of miscarriage almost doubles in patients with uterine fibroids; in many cases, women may experience multiple miscarriages before finally conceiving.

Breech Birth

The abnormal shape of the uterine cavity inhibits the baby from aligning for vaginal delivery. More often than not, babies are delivered with their feet first, which could potentially be dangerous for both the infant and the mother. If the OBGYN cannot reverse breech position, the mother will need to have a cesarean delivery.

Cesarean Delivery

While it may not be ideal for many women’s birth plans, having a C-Section may be more beneficial for women with high-risk pregnancies. The recovery period is undoubtedly more prolonged than a vaginal delivery, but it limits the risks of the usual delivery complications.

Placental Abruption

As defined by the Mayo Clinic, placental abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus before birth. Placental abruption can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients and cause heavy bleeding in the mother.


Conceiving children and having a healthy pregnancy may seem like a long shot when there are fibroids present in the uterus. However, with the right mindset and fertility plan, one day, you’ll be going home with a bundle of joy wrapped in your arms.

For more information on IVF services in Davao, feel free to leave us a message. We are more than happy to assist you on your journey to becoming parents.