How did I get an ectopic pregnancy?
You didn’t do anything wrong! But some women are at a higher risk for ectopic pregnancies, including those who’ve had pelvic infection or surgeries, who get pregnant while using an IUD and who smoke. Many women who have an ectopic pregnancy, though, have no known risk factors.
How will my ectopic pregnancy affect my baby?
We’re really sorry, but baby can’t survive an ectopic pregnancy -- and neither can you -- so your doc will remove the developing cells and end the pregnancy.
What’s the best way to treat an ectopic pregnancy?
Methotrexate, normally used as a chemotherapy agent, may be used if you’re less than six weeks along. After six weeks, surgery is usually required.
What can I do to prevent an ectopic pregnancy?
Sorry, but not much. But you can lower your risk by not smoking.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have an ectopic pregnancy?
Seek medical care immediately. It will save your life. Afterward, seek help for your grief. Regardless of the cause, going through the emotions of a miscarriage is tough to do alone.
Are there any other resources for ectopic pregnancy and pregnancy loss?
The Bump Pregnancy Loss message board
Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Inc.
Resolve: The National Infertility Association
Plus, more from The Bump:
Books to Read After a Miscarriage
Emotions after a miscarriage?
Causes of ectopic pregnancy?
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