A fibroid is a mass of benign muscle tissue growth on the uterine wall
Fibroids often develop prior to pregnancy and are picked up on ultrasound or pelvic examination
A fibroid can grow larger during pregnancy but is unlikely to affect it unless it is blocking your cervix or grows extremely large
If a fibroid is blocking the cervix, a caesarean might be advised. If a fibroid is too large it can increase the risk of heavy bleeding after delivery. This can be minimised with an oxytocin hormone injection.
The muscles of the pelvic floor, which help with the control of bladder and bowel function, are put under increased stress during pregnancy and childbirth
If these muscles become too stretched or damaged then you may experience a small leakage of urine when you laugh or cough
Doing Kegal exercises, where you together the muscles around the urethra as if trying to stop urinating, can strengthen the pelvic floor, helping to minimise or prevent incontinence problems.