J.L. asks from Wimberley, TX on August 03, 2008
A few months ago I had an etopic pregnancy on my right side near my ovary. I while I was very upset at the loss of this baby I was fortunate not to have surgery. I think I am pregnant again, and am so scared that I will go through this again. I feel pressure on my right side and I am really worried. It could be that it is all in my head since I am really paranoid about it. Has anyone gone through this? I have two healthy children but we really want a third. I know if it happens again my husband will probably want to not try anymore. It really hit him hard when we lost the last one. Please let me know if you have gone through this.
J.K. answers from Houston on August 05, 2008
Why are you wasting time asking for advice. You should go straight to a Doctor. Hope all is all right and good luck.
A.A. answers from Waco on August 05, 2008
I absolutely feel for you. My first pregnancy was ectopic and I know how scary that is. To answer someone else's question, ectopic pregnancy, if caught early enough, can be treated with a single injection of methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug commonly used for treating things like cancer or rheumatoid arthritis. I received an injection of methotrexate, but my doctor failed to calculate the date of conception correctly. I didn't know this at the time, but methotrexate should NOT be given if you are beyond a few weeks of pregnancy. My tube ruptured and I ended up having to have emergency surgery and lost over 3/4 of the blood in my body by the time it was all said and done. The good news for us is that we found a superb doctor that we could trust and were able to conceive within one year (almost to the day) a beautiful, healthy baby girl. I can remember taking that initial pregnancy test and not being overjoyed with excitement, but being scared to death. My husband felt the same way. I don't know if it is paranoia or not, but I know that with every twinge, cramp, or pain of any sort I was terrified that I was going through it all over again. People who have not gone through this before, often don't realize how difficult it is emotionally not only to lose a precious baby, but to have your own life on the line. Having said all that, I think it is imperative that you go see your doctor right away. TODAY if possible! With your history, I am certain they will want to do an ultrasound, as well as blood work, to confirm the pregnancy and to confirm that everything is where it should be. Hang in there and please feel free to contact me if you need someone to talk to!
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B.O. answers from Austin on August 05, 2008
My husband and I tried to get pregnant for years and then we finally did. This pregnancy was an etopic pregnancy which we did not know about until my tube exploded. It was especially traumatic - unfortunately, I did get pregnant again a few months later which resulted in a miscarriage. Third times a charm and we had a beatiful boy. A two years and another beatiful boy. The doctors told me that the etopic pregnancy was the result of my progestrone being low and they kept me on progestrone during my last two pregnancies. I was paranoid through all my pregnancies and my only advice is find a great doctor, trust that if it is meant to be it will, and be a great mother.
T.F. answers from San Angelo on August 05, 2008
I too have suffered an etopic pregnancy. But I did not know I was pregnant until it ruptured and I was bleeding. Unfortunately I had to have surgery, lost my tube and had a blood transfusion. This was the third pregnancy that I lost. But 7 months later I became pregnant with my now 22 month old beautiful daughter. My two miscarriages were before my son was born, he is now 5. I think my ectopic was harder because I had a child and I could put a face to that baby. A word of advice, contact you doctor since you have had an ectopic they should do an ultrasound to verify that it is not ectopic. Early on in my pregnancy with my daughter I had an ultrasound to make sure it was not in the tube, I was only 5 1/2 weeks but knowing that everything was ok made a huge difference.
R.B. answers from Houston on August 05, 2008
Hello J. L
I had my tubes tied in 1992 after the birth of my 4th child. In 1995 I had an etopic pregnancy. I had surgery and most of my right tube was removed. Got pregnant again with a daughter in 1996 and again in 1997. Now I have six wonderful children. Please stay under your doctor's care to make sure you're okay.
L.L. answers from College Station on August 05, 2008
Good morning J.. I would make an appointment right away to satisfy you need to know. Your doctor can run tests to see if you are indeed pregnant and if it is another etopic pregnancy. You were fortunate that you didn't have to have the surgery. See the doctor to avoid any damage to the tubes if you are pregnant. Good luck and let us know the results of the visit.
D.G. answers from Houston on August 04, 2008
I can understand being worried. My sister had an ectopic pregnancy, and is worried that the scarring could cause future problems. (Even though our mom had three normal pregnancies after an ectopic).
In your shoes I'd talk to my pcp or ob. Hopefully the pressure you feel is nothing to worry about, or an ovarian cyst. However your doc could run a quantitative hCG blood test to help screen for an ectopic pregnancy.
M.M. answers from Austin on August 05, 2008
My first pregnancy was ectopic. Ask your Dr. how early s/he should be able to see something on a sono and get an appointment for that week. I believe it's as early as 6 weeks. Good luck!
J.L. answers from Sherman on August 05, 2008
I have been through an ectopic pregnancy and had a healthy pregnancy within a year afterwards. I definately had a fear of not being able to get pregnant again, and when i did get pregnant, I immediately had those feelings as if it were happening all over again. Once your doctor knows of your history, he/she should want to monitor you closely, which is what they did for me. I had actually lost a fallopian tube with my ectopic, so making sure that the next egg was in the right spot was very important.
I would recommend you ask your doctor for an early sonogram to help relieve your fears.