Endometriosis and pregnancy
Contrary to popular belief, a majority of women with endometriosis are able to conceive naturally. They can also have a normal pregnancy that doesn’t require any extra monitoring. That being said, we mustn’t ignore the fact that endometriosis increases pregnancy and delivery risks. Here are some of the most common risks and complications associated with endometriosis during pregnancy.
When you conceive, your uterus will develop a placenta. This is the organ that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the foetus and removes waste materials from your baby’s blood. Usually, the placenta attaches itself at the side or top of the uterus. In placenta previa, the placenta attaches to the bottom of the uterus right at the opening of the cervix. This condition can be fatal because it increases the risk of placenta rupturing during labour, causing severe bleeding. Women with endometriosis are at a higher risk of developing this condition. The most common tell sign of placenta previa is bright red vaginal bleeding.
Women with endometriosis are at a higher risk of having a miscarriage than those without the condition. Why endometriosis causes miscarriages is still unclear, and there is no way to prevent it from happening. A miscarriage manifests itself as cramping, bleeding, and lower back pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medication attention as soon as possible. It is also important that you ask for emotional help after going this ordeal so that can properly recover.
A study showed that expecting mothers with endometriosis are 1.5 times more likely to deliver before the 37th week of pregnancy compared to other women. Preterm labour often results in premature birth, so look out for symptoms such as:
• Regular contractions
• Pressure in your pelvis
• Bloody vaginal discharge or discharge with a mucus consistency
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your OBGYN immediately. They will know how best to proceed.
Like mentioned earlier, it is absolutely possible to have a normal pregnancy if you have endometriosis. Sign up with us today, and let us help you with your journey.