As one doctor told me, I am positively voluptuous with fibroids.
: And during my pregnancy with DS#1, the largest grew to be the size of a medium-sized melon.
Yes, I looked like I was having quadruplets. Yes, I was very uncomfortable. And yes, DS#1 came out just fine and hale and hearty, thank you very much.
After delivery, the fibroid shrinks again (that one is described now as the size of a small plum). And just stays there and does nothing at all.
Should point out that I've had two more children since ... and in their pregnancies that particular fibroid did not grow again. Also, have had several miscarriages, and the doctors have said that the fibroids could have played a part in them. No way to know, really.
Now for the particularly unpleasant part ...
When pg w/DS#1, one of the fibroids degenerated ... which was explained to me this way: Body sends blood supply to the uterus, which keeps both fibroid and baby growing. Body sees, hmmm, limited blood supply, should it go to baby or fibroid? baby or fibroid? baby or fibroid? finally decides (
) to send blood supply to baby, as finally noticing that the fibroid doesn't really belong. So then fibroid begins to die, as it were, from lack of blood flow. Which causes something akin to an internal gangrene type of thing.
When that happened, the pain was absolutely horrible, just this terrible cramping pain. I was put on bedrest for two months. Which was also awful. And then the pain was gone. And the pregnancy continued, and the baby was fine. And the fibroid bothered me no more.
Should also add that that same OB was insisting that the fibroids be surgically removed after the baby was born, and wanted to schedule surgery for it after the 6wk postpartum appointment. Well, we had a horrible birth experience with him, so switched to a new OB ... who shook his head and rolled his eyes and said DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT have surgery to remove fibroids unless you are absolutely sure you do not want any more children.
We were very happy to have switched to the new OB, and we have had two more children since.
And one more due any day now.
And the fibroids are still there, but are keeping their little traps shut, IYKWIM.
Tell your friend not to worry about them.