Things You must Know About Ectopic Pregnancy

A normal pregnancy is when the fetus grows in the uterus for full term and does not have to be taken out after performing a cesarean section. Ectopic pregnancy on the other hand is not even close to normal and this is a kind of pregnancy that every woman prays she does not have to go through. Here are some things you should know about ectopic pregnancy as knowledge about it can end up saving your life or that of a sibling or a friend.

1.What is ectopic pregnancy?

A pregnancy is called an ectopic pregnancy when the egg fertilizes and starts growing outside of the womb. The fetus can grow either on the wall of the uterus or in the fallopian tube. A fetus growing in these places can never come to full term and the pregnancy must be terminated as soon as possible.

2.Why is it dangerous?

It is dangerous because it is abnormal and a fetus growing outside of the womb can cause pressure to the other internal organs of the mother. Not only this, the fetus will not have space to grow o get nutrients. This pressure will cause a lot of bleeding and can de fatal to both the fetus and the mother.

3.What causes ectopic pregnancy?

Although it is very rare, ectopic pregnancy occurs and the causes aren’t very clear. There are chances of an ectopic pregnancy if there has been a previous instance. Infections, damaged tubes or uterus and other hormonal irregularities can also cause ectopic pregnancies.

4.What are the symptoms

Early detection of an ectopic pregnancy is difficult. There are chances of finding it out through ultrasound, but it is easier in the later stages of pregnancy. In cases of ectopic pregnancy the woman will experience heavy bleeding, intolerable pain in the stomach and also fainting spells.

5.What are the chances of getting pregnant again?

In case of an ectopic pregnancy, the fetus must be terminated as soon as possible. There are no chances of the fetus going full term and the mother may die too. If the termination process leaves the other organs intact, then the woman can get pregnant again. However if there are complications during the termination, the chances of getting pregnant again are very slim.