Fibroids during my Pregnancy!
My son came out looking like his dad!
I wasn’t sure about having children while Growing up. Having kids never really crossed my mind until I met my husband, who wanted 4! I could see a break up coming up as those were far too many children for me. So, we had one of those long conversations and we decided that 2 was a good number, we would have one then decide about the second child, and so we got married.
After 2 years of marriage we talked about having a baby, we did not say when but we knew we wanted a baby sometime soon. So, when I started feeling extremely bloated, my immediate thought was constipation or maybe I had eaten beans. I therefore decided to take some laxatives and drink some herbal teas to help with it (the constipation). Two days later I was feeling even more bloated and I then realized my period was late, I then decided to do a pregnancy test, and it was positive! I kept thinking to myself, that was fast, we were only talking about it but hey I am not complaining! We were happy.
The next thing I did was to visit the doctor who thought my tummy looked too big for the 7 week pregnancy I was carrying. A quick scan revealed fibroids.
For those who have not heard about fibroids;
they are none cancerous growths that develop in or around the uterus, at the beginning they are small and therefore hard to diagnose but as they grow bigger you may notice your tummy getting bigger, your period may get heavy and in some cases, you may find it hard to conceive.
So, I had 5 fibroids and I did not even know! My doctor asked me if I had gotten help to conceive and I said no, he shocked that I was pregnant given how many fibroids I had and based on their location.
The doctor told me that I was going to have a difficult pregnancy and we would just have to take it a day at a time as the fibroids had the ability to flash out the baby! BUT, there was a chance the baby would grow faster than the fibroids and therefore survive.
I understandably started my pregnancy feeling anxious and wondering when the 9 months would end! The pregnancy continued well until 18 weeks and the fibroids started degenerating.
Degeneration is every fibroid carrying woman’s worst nightmare! It is pain that comes to the centre of your head and back to the legs then back to head again. I was in so much pain I could not even move, I just lay still in the hospital bed waiting for the painkillers and after taking them I simply waited for the next dose.
The doctor told me that, degeneration is like labour with no results. The lady in the next bed asked me why I was admitted and when I told her about my fibroids and she said, ‘Kweli? Uko na uchungu ya fibroids? (do you really have firoids?) The lady had the same issues as me and she was screaming ‘I don’t think you have the right diagnosis’.
Strangely that conversation made me feel brave and ready to get out of bed and go to the bathroom which by the way, was part of the reason I was in pain.
Later on, a scan was done and the baby was well, guess what? He had grown bigger than the fibroids and starving them of blood supply hence the very painful degeneration.
It was such good news and even though the doctor said the pain might go on for a month or two I was ready to stay brave because my son had done his part, he had grown and defeated the mean things he was sharing my womb with.
Because of Gods grace and love my son was born at week 36 and he weight 3.4kgs! he was ready to come out and I was ready to end this long journey. I want to encourage all the women reading this blog that it is doable, it is very difficult it is painful and people will keep asking if you are carrying triplets but know that He who begun a good work in you is faithful to complete. If you have lost a pregnancy because of fibroids be encouraged that He hears your prayers and can give you your hearts desires.