"I Just Thought It Was Part Of The Pregnancy": Mom-Of-Two Opens Up About A Life-Threatening Pregnancy Complication To Warn Other Women
October 30, 2018 18:18 By Fabiosa
A lot of things can go wrong in a pregnancy, and, unfortunately, these things aren’t always immediately recognizable. One of them is ectopic pregnancy, and it happens much more often than most women think.
One mom-of-two from Leigh, Greater Manchester, set out to warn women about the dangers of ectopic pregnancy when she experienced it not once, but three times.
Mom warns women about the dangers of ectopic pregnancy
Paula Hampson and her partner Chris Pemberton had their first daughter, Lainey, in 2007. A few years later, they decided it was time to welcome another addition to their family.
In 2013, Paula became pregnant. It was going well, until one day, she felt extreme pain in her side and became sick. She was immediately taken to hospital where it was discovered that the embryo attached in one of her fallopian tubes and the tube burst. Paula had a surgery to have the tube removed.
Paula had two more ectopic pregnancies – one in 2014 and one in 2015. All three pregnancies caused similar symptoms, and Paula’s second fallopian tube was removed in 2015.
She told the Leigh Journal:
During my first ectopic pregnancy, I was feeling uncomfortable pain on my side after around seven weeks and became so ill that the pain was unbearable.
I just thought it was part of the pregnancy and it got worse over a few days until one day I looked in the mirror and I was white.
The pain was agonizing and my partner called an ambulance for me.
It is dangerous and I have been told it can be life-threatening.
Paula and Chris still wanted to have a baby, so they opted for IVF treatment. It was a success: Paula gave birth to a healthy baby girl in 2017. She and Chris named her Daisey Mai.
Lainey, the girl’s elder sister, was over the moon when Daisey Mai was born. She said:
Daisey Mai is the best gift in the whole world.
I have always wanted a sister.
Paula and her family are doing fine now, but she wants her painful experience to serve as a warning to other women.
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is what happens when a fertilized egg attaches and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies are not uncommon; according to MedicineNet, 1% to 2% of pregnancies are ectopic.
In most ectopic pregnancies, the egg attaches in a fallopian tube, but it may also attach somewhere else, such as in the ovary, cervix, or abdominal cavity. An ectopic pregnancy has to be terminated as soon as it’s discovered, as it’s highly likely to cause a life-threatening bleeding.
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Ectopic pregnancies don’t always produce symptoms in the first few weeks. As the fertilized egg gets bigger, the following symptoms may appear, according to WebMD:
- light vaginal bleeding;
- pelvic pain;
- nausea and vomiting with pain;
- abdominal cramps;
- pain on one side of the body;
- dizziness or weakness;
- pain in the shoulder, neck, or rectum.
Seek emergency medical help if you have the following symptoms:
- severe abdominal or pelvic pain;
- vaginal bleeding;
- severe lightheadedness or fainting;
- other worrying symptoms.
Factors that can increase a woman’s risk of having an ectopic pregnancy include the following:
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If you think you are at risk of having an ectopic pregnancy, talk to your doctor before trying for a baby. Ectopic pregnancies aren’t very common, but it’s best to be cautious.
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