You have a cyst in your ovaries and you have a baby on the way. Is surgery a safe option for you right now? Here’s what you need to know about removing ovarian cyst while pregnant.
What can you read in this article?
- What are ovarian cysts?
- Symptoms of ovarian cysts and important signs to watch out for
- Removing ovarian cysts while pregnant – is it safe?
It is not uncommon for expecting moms to get diagnosed with ovarian cysts. These are noncancerous masses that grow on top of the ovaries. They usually come and go naturally, disappearing within a few months without you even noticing. In fact, removing ovarian cysts during pregnancy is also not unusual.
But these can be troublesome when they overstay their welcome, especially to pregnant moms who already have a lot on their minds.
A pregnant mom
recently posted a similar concern on theAsianparent community
platform. She found out about her “8cm ovarian cyst” during her first appointment with her OB-gynecologist. Feeling helpless, she asked for suggestions from fellow moms on how to deal with the situation.
Ovarian cyst during pregnancy: is it normal?
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She wrote, “Hi all, we found out that we were pregnant a week ago and went for our first check-up yesterday but our gynae found an 8cm ovarian cyst. Did anyone happen to be in such a situation before?”
Thankfully for her, other moms jumped in to help. They shared their personal experiences with removing ovarian cysts during pregnancy and suggested some tips to recover as well.
1. Ovarian cyst surgery can help solve this–even after a miscarriage
One mom responded to the post and shared her personal experience with ovarian cyst. She said that she found out about the “10 cm cyst” during her pregnancy and while it was to be removed. The doctors couldn’t because she had her miscarriage at 13 weeks. She also shared her advice on what needs to be done before removing ovarian cyst during pregnancy.
She wrote, “Normally, they say, the surgery is safe, but you must find yourself a good doctor.” After the miscarriage, she had to wait for two cycles of her periods for the surgery to proceed. She underwent a keyhole surgery, which she felt was less painful than a cut surgery.
“Right after surgery, I got my rainbow baby currently at 13 weeks. The belly button still hurts sometimes. I don’t know how will it be when pregnancy is full-on. But don’t worry too much, get yourself a good doctor,” the mom added.
2. Cyst size can reduce post-delivery
Another mom shared that she went through her pregnancy with the ovarian cyst intact.
“I have one ovarian cyst found during the checkup and it did become smaller throughout the entire pregnancy but it was still there. OB reassured me that the cyst will not be causing any issue during my pregnancy. After I gave birth, I went back for a check-up for the cyst. The cyst went from 6cm to 2cm but remained the same throughout the few months moving forward after giving birth,“ she wrote.
3. Best to consult with your doc!
Mum of three, ‘Adlina Chew’ wrote, “I think your gynecologist will be in the best position to advise you on the complications and treatments.”
User ‘Jasmin Tan’ also suggested the same. She said, “Your gynae should be able to give you the best advice, take good care.”
If you are in a similar situation, don’t panic. Instead of letting it affect your health, follow the advice of your doctor. And if you are advised about removing an ovarian cyst while pregnant, get all your facts right to make an informed decision. Fortunately for you, we’ve got the right information here.
Ovarian cyst and its risks during pregnancy
As said earlier, ovarian cysts are noncancerous masses that grow on the ovaries. During your pregnancy, the corpus luteum produces hormones. These hormones nourish and support the uterine lining and the growing baby until the placenta takes over at around 10 to 12 weeks.
But in some pregnancies, this corpus luteum fills with fluid and remains on the ovary instead of regressing. This is called a corpus luteum cyst.
While these are quite common, they can also cause complications during pregnancy, if they continue to grow.
There is a risk that cysts may rupture, twist or even cause problems during childbirth. All of these could lead to its fluids coming out creating a poisonous environment inside your womb.
If you have polycystic ovary syndrome, you need to be more careful. You stand a risk of a miscarriage, gestational diabetes, or even premature delivery.
Symptoms of ovarian cyst in pregnancy
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Most cysts don’t cause pain or other visible symptoms. But there are some ovarian cysts that can cause the following symptoms:
Pain: You can experience pain in the lower abdominal or pelvic area on the side the cyst is located. The intensity of the pain can vary. It can be sharp or may even feel like a pinch. In rare cases, an ovarian cyst can cause the ovary to twist (called torsion). This can get extremely painful.
Bloating: It is usually caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. This can not only make your stomach look big, but also make you feel bloated.
In case of a ruptured ovarian cyst, the pain will become intense and may also get unbearable. Here are some other symptoms to watch out for:
Nausea or vomiting, along with pain (in the case of a torsion)
Vaginal bleeding or spotting
Dizziness, along with pain
Fever, along with pain
You should not neglect any of the symptoms and immediately rush to the doctor to avoid any further complications.
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Treatment for ovarian cyst while pregnant
If you are lucky, your ovarian cyst may disappear on its own and you will not need any treatment. But if your doctor feels that surgery is required during pregnancy, they will have to do it.
Yes, it is quite natural for you to panic in this situation, but remember that a doctor would always take the best decision for you and your baby.
Chances are they will try to go for laparoscopy surgery, but if the cyst is large, surgery using laparoscopes may not be possible, and regular abdominal surgery will be required.
If you are thinking of removing an ovarian cyst while pregnant through surgery, factor in the cost as well.
After going through the surgery, you will also need to take care of your health as you still have a baby in your womb. Here are some tips to help you in your post-surgery recovery.
5 Tips To Help You Recover From Surgery Stress
Change the bandage frequently
You need to keep the wound covered with a dry bandage. There may be some drainage for a few days, so change the bandage as advised. If the gauge was placed in the wound, then you may again be required to go visit the doctor’s office for removal.
Get some rest
Sleep is one of the most important factors that can help you recover fast. If you have had surgery, you need to have enough rest and sleep for a minimum of 8 hours per day.
Try and look for ways in which you can relax – listen to music, watch your favorite show, or spend time with your partner.
Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing, may help relieve anxiety and reduce your stress.
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Nutrition plays a big role in post-surgery recovery. Chances are high that your appetite has reduced and you don’t feel like eating anything, but you can’t afford to do that. Your body needs healthy food to recover from the stress of the past surgery.
Take your medicines on time
Take all the prescribed medicines on time. Finish the entire course, even if your wound looks healed. Use antibiotic creams or ointments as advised.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help
It is not possible for you to complete all the household chores and balance work and a pregnancy with a surgery. So don’t hesitate to ask for help.
Ask your partner, family members and friends to pitch in while you rest and recover. Talk to your partner and communicate your discomforts honestly.
We understand that pregnancy is a beautiful journey, but it can also be equally stressful. Amid all the chaos to welcome your newborn safely, don’t forget about your health.
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