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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Ectopic Pregnancy

Want to know more about ectopic pregnancy? We have all the must-know info here.

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?

-- James O’Brien, MD, ob-gyn and medical director of inpatient obstetrics at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in Providence

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Reminder: Medical info on The Bump is FYI only and doesn't replace a visit to a medical professional.