Dealing With an Ectopic Pregnancy


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An ectopic pregnancy is an abnormal pregnancy, where the fertilized egg implants itself outside of the uterus. Usually this occurs in the fallopian tubes, and this is why an ectopic pregnancy is referred to as a tubal pregnancy. There is not enough room for your baby to grow, and there is not enough nurturing tissue to maintain and produce a healthy baby. Sadly, all ectopic pregnancies have to be terminated. If an ectopic pregnancy goes undetermined, it can cause serious damage and even death. So, as soon as you find out you are pregnant you need to see a doctor to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy. Dealing with an ectopic pregnancy can be hard, but you will be able to try again.

What are the Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy?

The signs of this type of pregnancy can easily be confused with a normal pregnancy. You will feel all the same things you would normally. This includes nausea, soreness of breasts, missed periods and frequent urination. Your biggest clue would be pain in your abdomen or lower back. You may also experience some vaginal bleeding and dizziness. This would also lower your blood pressure, and would require medical attention immediately. The physician can determine if your pregnancy is ectopic by running a number of tests. They will be looking to monitor you Hcg levels. You will be given an ultrasound, and may even require surgery to end the pregnancy. There is no way you can continue to have a healthy pregnancy if is determined to be ectopic.

Coping with the Loss of a Pregnancy

Once you have experienced the loss of a pregnancy, you will feel like you have lost control. Whether it is because you had a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or an abortion, the loss is real and cannot be over looked. You will experience a lot of bleeding, and this can result in fainting. It is best, to lie down and relax the first few days. You should also have people around that you can talk to. Losing a child is a very hard thing to deal with. Try and find a support group if you need to talk, many are available online and you will find others who have dealt with the same thing you are.

It is recommended that you wait for at least three full cycles before you attempt to become pregnant again. It is completely normal to be scared about trying again, and it may take some time for you to do so. You should know that an ectopic pregnancy is not your fault, you could have done nothing to prevent it, and you will be okay.

Kimberly Graham is a retired Ph. D. and one of the editors of . She has put up a site about pregnancy at


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