I was shocked when a scan revealed my baby was sharing my womb with a ‘melon-sized invader’
A mother has warned other women to have their cysts checked after scans revealed her baby was sharing her womb with a “melon-sized intruder”.
Eve Lincoln found out she had a small cyst on her right ovary when she was seven weeks pregnant with her third baby.
She had her first ultrasound in September but wasn’t concerned at first.
The 36-year-old says doctors advised her against having surgery to remove the cyst in mid-pregnancy because of the risk to the baby, especially since it didn’t cause her any problems.
But over the next few weeks, her pregnancy hormones “fed” the cyst, causing it to grow and making her bump unusually large.
Eve collapsed in pain after 23 weeks and a scan revealed the cyst had swollen by 5cm to 17cm in a week.
Eve, from Hudson Valley, New York, USA said: “My first ultrasound was done at seven weeks pregnant and it showed a nine centimeter cyst on my right ovary.
“It got so big that it looked like another baby sack, but you could tell there was nothing in it, so it was obvious there was a baby in one and not the other.
“I noticed that my baby bump seemed a lot bigger and rounder than it should have been, and now it makes sense because it made room for that big bulk.”
Over time, Eve said she became concerned as the cyst continued to grow.
However, medics did not recommend surgery but said she should go back if she started to feel pain.
Soon after that appointment, Eve developed a side cramp that didn’t go away.
“It stayed – like a dull stab. It didn’t go away so I waited 24 hours and then called my doctor and he said to come for the ultrasound the next day.
“That night I collapsed and basically couldn’t walk. Every little movement was such a sharp, stabbing pain, so we went to the hospital.
“I explained to them that I had a cyst on my right side where the pain was, so they sent me for an ultrasound and they said, ‘Oh boy, it’s 17 centimeters now.’
“It had grown two inches in a week. That was very alarming.
“They said it weighed four pounds. The baby was barely two pounds at the time, so it was a lot bigger – it was about two and a half times the size of the baby.”
The 8 Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts You Need to Know
The NHS states that ovarian cysts usually only cause symptoms if they are dividing, very large or blocking the blood supply to the ovaries.
In these cases, the instructions indicate that you may have:
- Pelvic pain – this can range from a dull, heavy feeling to a sudden, sharp, stabbing pain
- pain during sex
- Difficulty emptying your bowels
- a frequent urge to urinate
- heavy periods, irregular periods, or lighter periods than normal
- Bloating and a bloated stomach
- feeling very full after eating little
- Difficulty conceiving – although fertility is not usually affected by ovarian cysts
You should see a GP if you have symptoms of an ovarian cyst and the guidelines say you must contact a GP or your local emergency service, NHS 111, immediately or go to the nearest emergency department if you have sudden, severe pelvic pain.
The mother was taken to Montefiore St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where doctors conducted extensive tests amid fears the mass could be cancerous.
Luckily, an MRI reassured them that the cyst appeared to have just filled with blood and fluid, and she was then referred to a gynecologic specialist at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla.
There, the specialists of the neonatal intensive care unit were on standby in case her baby had to be delivered prematurely during the operation on Monday 9 January.
Eve had the two-hour procedure while awake, using a spinal pain reliever to reduce the risk to her baby.
Eve said: “It was alarming to see how quickly it had grown and of course when they kept suggesting it might be cancer which scared me.
“It was very scary when they explained to me the risk to your baby if you have surgery because it could induce labor or cause stress for the baby.
“I had to meet with the NICU and listen to everything that would be wrong with the baby if it had to come out at 24 weeks and sign all those things to say you understand.
“They had to give me a bigger incision than normal because when you’re not pregnant they can push your tummy out of the way, but you can’t really push a baby into the uterus because you don’t want to contract it.
“My incision is five inches from my belly button so they had more room to put their hands in and pull it out.”
She is now urging women to get ovarian cysts treated before they become pregnant to avoid being put in the same situation as her.
“If you know you have an ovarian cyst before you become pregnant, don’t get pregnant until you’ve eliminated or removed the cyst.
“It is very likely that it will grow enormously throughout the pregnancy due to the hormones so you may need to have emergency surgery during your pregnancy like I did.
“If you are told early in your pregnancy that you have a large cyst, I would back down and ask that they take it out right after the first trimester while it’s still a manageable size before it becomes huge and painful,” said she said.
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