Ectopic Pregnancy

It's not the winning that teaches you how to be resilient. It's the setback. It's the loss - Beth Brooke

Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic Pregnancy

image by: The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

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Little One

When I found out about you,
the world seemed to be a better place
Joy, love, happiness, confidence, hope,
Looking forward to the things to come,
Full of it, of the miracle.

Elated by it, in seventh heaven,
A wish come true
At last.
I dreamt of you for such a long time.

You were on my mind, I wanted to share it
With the people close to me.
Told them as soon as I could -
Joy, love, happiness, confidence, hope.

The unexpected, the fear, the hope
Over, ended before it could start.
Hurt, pain, tears, uncertainty,
The operation, the end.

No more plans, no future for you.
Cry and be comforted.

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 Little One

This is a poem about my first pregnancy. Sadly the pregnancy was outside my uterus and the gynecologist had to end it January 1998. After some time I decided to write about it and share my loss and my hope for the future with other people.

Life After My Ectopic Pregnancy

I have been thinking about how things would be if i had seen my baby on the screen and saw there was a baby growing in my uterus and not elsewhere... and wondering what things would be like!

Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation

Mission Statement...To educate and increase ectopic pregnancy awareness of all women of childbearing age as well as health care providers. To improve current medical and emotional care during and after an ectopic pregnancy...

Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation UK

The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation (EPF) has been established with the aim of improving the care of women with a diagnosis, or possible diagnosis, of ectopic pregnancy. We hope to reduce the morbidity and maternal mortality caused by this common condition.

Ectopic Pregnancy Ireland

Support and information for all who have been affected by ectopic pregnancy

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

Supporting people who have experienced an early pregnancy complication and the health care professionals who care for them.

American Pregnancy Association

The chances of having a successful pregnancy after an ectopic pregnancy may be lower than normal, but this will depend on why the pregnancy was ectopic and your medical history. If the fallopian tubes have been left in place, you have approximately a 60% chance of having a successful pregnancy in the future.


While there are some risk factors, an ectopic pregnancy can happen to anyone. And, because it's potentially dangerous for you, it's important to recognize the early signs and get treatment as soon as possible.


If the ectopic pregnancy is causing heavy bleeding or the fallopian tube has ruptured, you might need emergency surgery through an abdominal incision (laparotomy). In some cases, the fallopian tube can be repaired. Typically, however, a ruptured tube must be removed.


The major health risk of ectopic pregnancy is rupture leading to internal bleeding. Before the 19th century, the mortality rate (death rate) from ectopic pregnancies exceeded 50%. By the end of the 19th century, the mortality rate dropped to five percent because of surgical intervention. Statistics suggest with current advances in early detection, the mortality rate has improved to less than five in 10,000.


Things that may cause this problem include: •Birth defect in the fallopian tubes •Scarring after a ruptured appendix •Endometriosis •Having had a previous ectopic pregnancy •Scarring from past infections or surgery of the female organs


Occasionally, an ectopic pregnancy doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms and is only detected during routine pregnancy testing. However, most women do have symptoms, and these usually become apparent between week 5 and week 14 of pregnancy.


The rate of ectopic pregnancy in the UK is 11 per 1,000 pregnancies. Although the mortality from ectopic pregnancies in the UK is decreasing, around 0.2 per 100 ectopic pregnancies result in maternal death. Two thirds of these maternal deaths are associated with substandard care.

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