After a positive home pregnancy test, I visited a gynaecologist to confirm my pregnancy. While I waited for my turn to see the doctor, there sat a lady on the couch right next to me. She sat with her head sinking into her chest, she didnot look up once, did not speak a word to her partner for as long as she sat there. She was escorted by a nurse to another room and I over heard a nurse use the term Ectopic pregnancy in her conversation about he lady. That was the first time I heard this term. Little did I know then that I is not a rare phenomena.
What is Ectopic Pregnancy?
Ectopic pregnancy is one of the most heartbreaking news that a pregnant couple will hear. It happens when the fertilized egg attaches itself anywhere other than the uterus. Ectopic pregnancy happens in 1 out of 50 pregnancies and almost all ectopic pregnancies happen in the fallopian tube, which why it’s otherwise called tubal pregnancy.
Since the fallopian tube is not the best place for the baby to develop, it had to be treated as soon as possible, or the mom will also be in trouble.
Why does an Ectopic pregnancy happen?
An egg normally spends about five days travelling down the tube from your ovary to your womb, where, if fertilised, it implants and begins to develop. If you have an ectopic pregnancy, the egg usually hasn’t travelled far enough when it implants, and starts to develop in the tube.
One of the reasons why ectopic pregnancy happens is due to the infection or inflammation in the fallopian tube, which causes the fertilized egg to be partially or temporary blocked from going to the uterus.
Who is at a risk of Ectopic pregnancy?
– Ectopic pregnancy commonly happens to women with a maternal age of 35-44
– Those with previous pelvic or abdominal surgery are at the risk of Ectopic pregnancy
– The risk of Ectopic pregnancy increases if you have had a previous Ectopic pregnancy
– If you are pregnant with an IVF treatment
– If you have become pregnant while using a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD), or while taking the contraceptive mini-pill.
Women who have this type of pregnancy may experience heavy vaginal bleeding, sharp or stabbing pain in the pelvic area, weakness, dizziness or fainting.
Unfortunately, the only way to prevent this from getting worse is by removing the fetus. This can be very hurtful for the expectant parents, but if this will not be done, even the mom will be in danger.
When you are experiencing any of these symptoms while pregnant, go ahead and visit your doctor for further assistance.