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Can fibroids cause complications during delivery?

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Many studies show that having uterine fibroids increase your odds of having a cesarean section. That could be because the fibroids can keep the uterus from contracting and they can also block your birth canal, slowing down the progress of your labor. Women who have fibroids are six times more likely than other women to need a C-section.

Breech birth is another potential problem. In a normal birth, the baby comes out the birth canal head first. In a breech birth, the baby’s butt or feet come out first.

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “What to do about Fibroids.”

Reviews in Obstetrics & Gynecology: “Contemporary Management of Fibroids in Pregnancy.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Uterine Fibroids Fact Sheet.”

New York State Department of Health: “Uterine Fibroids.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Uterine fibroids fact sheet.”

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum factors and natural fibroid regression.”

Obstetrics and Gynecology International: “Counselling Patients with Uterine Fibroids: A Review of the Management and Complications.”

Mayo Clinic: “Placental abruption”

 

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on November 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “What to do about Fibroids.”

Reviews in Obstetrics & Gynecology: “Contemporary Management of Fibroids in Pregnancy.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Uterine Fibroids Fact Sheet.”

New York State Department of Health: “Uterine Fibroids.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Uterine fibroids fact sheet.”

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum factors and natural fibroid regression.”

Obstetrics and Gynecology International: “Counselling Patients with Uterine Fibroids: A Review of the Management and Complications.”

Mayo Clinic: “Placental abruption”

 

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on November 4, 2018

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