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Fibroids in Pregnancy

By Lara A. Friel, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of Texas Health Medical School at Houston, McGovern Medical School

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Fibroids may increase risk of

  • Preterm labor

  • Abnormal fetal presentation

  • Placenta previa

  • Recurrent spontaneous abortions

  • Postpartum hemorrhage

Rarely, fibroids partially obstruct the birth canal.

Preconception evaluation is recommended for women who have very large fibroids or who have fibroids and have had a spontaneous abortion.