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Rainbow Babies: Hope After the Storm

September 21,2023

Rainbow babies are the children born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. Uterine fibroids can contribute to infertility and pregnancy loss, which can lead to the birth of a rainbow baby.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Fibroid Fighters would like to spread awareness about uterine fibroid’s contribution to infertility and pregnancy loss

Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in women, affecting up to 80% of women by age 50. While most fibroids do not cause any symptoms, some women may experience heavy bleeding, painful periods, and difficulty getting pregnant.

Fibroids and Pregnancy Complications

According to a study published in 2020, up to 20% of women find out they have fibroids when they are pregnant. This is because the increased blood flow to the uterus during pregnancy can make fibroids more noticeable.

The impact of fibroids on pregnancy largely depends on their size, number, and location. Larger fibroids, or those located near the cervix or within the uterine cavity, can pose challenges during pregnancy. 

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Uterine fibroids also can grow during an otherwise healthy pregnancy. They can cause a painful, premature delivery of the child. Fibroid’s painful and uncomfortable symptoms can negatively impact the overall well-being of the expectant mother, both emotionally and physically.

Pregnant individuals with fibroids need to receive regular prenatal care and monitoring. Healthcare providers may recommend additional ultrasounds or other imaging tests to assess the size and location of the fibroids. 

Fibroids and Infertility

Fibroids can contribute to infertility in a number of ways. They can block the fallopian tubes, preventing sperm from reaching the egg. They can distort the shape of the uterine cavity, making it difficult for an embryo to implant. Additionally, fibroids can reduce the blood supply to the placenta, which can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.

Additionally, uterine scarring from a myomectomy procedure, the surgical removal of fibroids, can cause fertility complications.

What is a Rainbow Baby?

Rainbows symbolize the incredible beauty that can follow a tumultuous time. However, a rainbow baby is born after a previous infant loss. The term “Rainbow Baby” for some parents represents joy and hope for their newborn, while still honoring the existence of their angel baby that didn’t survive. It pays homage to a successful birth. 

Fibroid Fighter Yvette Foy welcomed her “rainbow child” earlier this year after she underwent uterine fibroid embolization for fibroids. Foy had suffered miscarriages and was advised to get a hysterectomy before turning to USA Fibroid Centers and successfully having her fibroids removed.

That being said, other parents do believe the term is a bit morbid. They may feel it is unnecessary to give their new child a title that places value on them based on proximity to siblings who predeceased them.

When is National Rainbow Baby Day?

The Pregnancy After Loss Support organization recognizes August 22 of each year as National Rainbow Baby Day to celebrate rainbow babies and honor each parent’s journey. The day was founded by Aleis Delchiaro who struggles with infertility and pregnancy loss.

Communication is Key

Keep the doors of communication open with your significant other. Knowing details about your body’s condition, such as having fibroids, is something you want to discuss. It may be difficult, but your partner may have a variety of emotions they need to process – and will have the ability to give you some of the emotional support you’ll need. It is important to extend grace, understanding, and support to one another.

The birth of a rainbow baby can be a joyful and emotional time. It is crucial to allow yourself to feel all of the emotions that come with this experience and seek support from your loved ones. 

Here are some additional tips for parents of rainbow babies:

  • Allow yourself to grieve the loss of your angel baby.
  • Discuss your feelings with your partner.
  • Seek a professional to process your emotions.
  • Celebrate your rainbow baby.
  • Be patient with yourself, your partner, and your new baby.

The birth of a rainbow baby is often seen as a symbol of hope and resilience. They are a reminder that a difficult time can end with joy. It is not possible to erase or forget the sadness of a miscarriage or infant loss. However, you do not have to endure negative emotions indefinitely. 

Fibroid Symptoms

If you are concerned that you have fibroids be aware that the most common fibroid symptoms are:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful periods
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Constipation
  • Pain during sex
  • Back pain
  • Bloating

Concerned about Symptoms?

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Fibroid Treatment

There are a number of different treatments available for uterine fibroids. The best treatment option for you will depend on the type, size, location, and number of fibroids you have, as well as your symptoms and fertility goals.

If you are concerned about fibroids and pregnancy or infertility, explore treatments that do not affect your ability to become pregnant or maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that cuts off the blood supply to fibroids, causing them to shrink.

It is important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for uterine fibroids. The best treatment for you will depend on your individual circumstances. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all of your options and choose the treatment that is right for you.

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