Re: Fibroid Pain and Pregnancy
I have fibroids, as do about 30-40% of all women on the planet, so don't think it's uncommon. Many women don't know that they have them.
I have one large one (7cm) that is in the wall of my uterus and two smaller ones that are "pendunculated" (hanging off like a mushroom). They cause me some pain and bloating and heavier periods when I'm not pregnant, so I will probably have mymectomy to remove them after this pregnancy (I'm not planning on any additional kids after this).
In my first pregnancy I had a bunch of extra screening u/s to check for cervical length starting at 18 weeks (biweekly) because the perinatologist was concerned that the fibroid would continue growing due to the increased estrogen and would cause the baby to get pushed out of the uterus. Earlier in my pregnancy the OB was worried about the large fibroid blocking the cervix and causing problems later with labor (I had a c-section, though).
When I had the amnio the perinatologist had a little difficulty in finding a spot that both had enough amniotic fluid AND wasn't over the fibroids. He did the needle stick but said it wasn't 100% sure that he was going to be able to get fluid. He did, though, so all was well.
The only pain I tend to feel in pregnancy (so far, knock on wood!) is when one of the smaller ones gets twisted a little. Sometimes they can twist and cut off their blood supply and just die.
You're kinda SOL until after pregnancy, though. Good luck to you!
There are some books on fibroids that provide quite a bit of info about surgical and non-surgical options and how fibroids effect pregnancy and fertility. You might check with your library.