Making it Through the Holidays with Fibroids

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Making it Through the Holidays with Fibroids

If you have decided to take action and do something about your uterine fibroids- Congratulations on making your health and your body a priority!

This is wonderful news. As you deserve to live a life free of the many uncomfortable, life-interrupting, and painful symptoms that can come with having uterine fibroids.

However, for those of us traveling during the holidays, or having family and friends in town, chances are that the fibroid procedure that you and your doctor have chosen for you isn’t scheduled until after the holidays.

So what can be done in the meantime? Do you just have to grin and bear it? Or load up on NSAIDs and other pain-relieving medicines?

Not necessarily.

In fact, there are actually several things you can do to help reduce your fibroid pain and the stress that it can bring this holiday season so that you can enjoy this special time of year as much as possible.

So let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to reduce fibroid symptoms and pain:


Add more iron-rich foods to your diet.

The holidays are full of yummy treats. Cookies, cakes, casseroles, ham, turkey, stuffing- you name it, and you’ll probably come across it.

However, given that fibroids can cause heavy bleeding that leads to anemia, it’s important to make sure that you are eating iron-rich foods to help reduce the feelings of weakness and lethargy that come from anemia.

This means adding in foods that are rich in iron, like green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, beans, or lean red meat.

Sometimes it’s helpful to add iron to your morning smoothies, or, if you are prescribed iron supplements by your physician, make sure they are part of your diet as well.


Get plenty of rest.

Though the holiday season can be a busy time of year, it doesn’t have to be busy the entire time. In fact, in order to keep fibroid symptoms at bay, it’s important that make sure to have periods of downtime where you can give your body a rest.

If your body isn’t given time to rest and recoup, the stress being put on it can impact your blood and hormone levels, which can increase fibroid pain and symptoms.

Therefore, it’s important to remind yourself that it’s ok to skip a holiday party or an event to take care of yourself and your body. And it’s ok to go to bed early, ask for some help cleaning up, and so on.

By taking better care of yourself, you can reduce fibroid symptoms and as a result, have a much more enjoyable holiday season.


Be prepared when traveling

Traveling with fibroids can be extra stressful, frustrating, and downright uncomfortable.

Therefore, in order to reduce this stress, it’s important to make sure that you pack the right supplies to reduce, treat, and control your fibroid-related symptoms.

Some of the items you may wish to have with you are:

  • Plenty of pads and tampons
  • Flushable wipes
  • Extra underwear
  • A change of clothing
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • A refillable water bottle (look for filling stations at the airport)
  • Relaxing music and other forms of entertainment
  • A heating pad (many planes now offer individual power outlets)
  • A small pillow and throw blanket

If you have an upcoming fibroid treatment procedure scheduled, it can also be helpful to remind yourself that you are taking action to relieve your fibroid symptoms soon and that this pain and discomfort will not last forever.

The Bottom Line: Is that by taking care of yourself and using some of the tips above, one day at a time, you can have a holiday season that’s a little easier, and more enjoyable even with uterine fibroids.

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