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Pregnant after ectopic pregnancy

I already have a 3 year daughter and had healthy pregnancy. Last year, to my joy, I got pregnant again, but it ended after few weeks due to ectopic pregnancy. I am pregnant again, approx. 6 weeks, and cannot stop worrying it's going to go the same way! Are the chances higher cos of already having had ectopic pregnancy, or should I be OK because I've had a healthy pregnancy? scared
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replied May 29th, 2008
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From what I know the chances of an ectopic do rise slightly if you have already had an ectopic pregnancy previously but this risk isn't especially high so you should be ok. I would try and get your doctors to perform an ultrasound as soon as they can to give your mind some peace.

Best of luck
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replied May 29th, 2008
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they would tell you if your high risk when u go to the dr
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replied May 29th, 2008
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Congratulations on your pregnancy!!

When you call your doctor to schedule your initial appointment, I suggest you mention that your last pregnancy was ectopic (if it is a different doctor) Was the pregnancy tubal? If so, your chances may be slightly higher if there was any damage done to the tube.


I'm sorry for you previous loss, but I hope this pregnancy goes smoothly and you have a happy and healthy nine months. Feel free to stick around and meet all the wonderful women here.
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replied June 4th, 2008
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Thanks for your response; I didn't really find out why it was an ectopic the last time; I was so early into the pregnancy they didn't have to do any surgery and gave me a drug (methotrexate) which stops the cells from growing and much less invasive that surgery; so I didn't find out exactly what the cause was but at least I've had a healthy pregnancy so that's gud; I'm around 6/7 weeks now, see mid-wife next week so will chat to her about it, but fingers crossed things are going well and won't be ectopic; i feel a bit more positive that last week and have even embraced the nausea I've had as at least it makes me feel pregnant!
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replied June 7th, 2008
My first pregnancy was ectopic and ended with methotrexate shots. My doctors were very concerned when I managed to get pregnant again and began doing ultrasounds as early as possible to determine that everything was in the right place.

I'd say if you're not having any signs or symptoms of an ectopic then I would try to not stress yourself about it. At 6/7 weeks you'd probably be in a lot of pain at this time (if it were a tubal ectopic).

Good luck!!!
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replied June 13th, 2008
Thanks for your message and hope your 2nd pregnancy was successful? Your Drs seem much more on the ball in the US than here in England!! I saw my mid wife (I was around 7/8 weeks preg) and advised of my fears and thought I would get bloodtests taken because of previous ectopic but she just said to keep positive and to only go to hosp if I have any negative signs! I can understand this, but frustrated as it would have only taken 2 bloodtests to test my hormone levels and see if ectopic - my main worry was getting no signs then having a ruptured ectopic and rushed to hosp, which I know can happen! Anyway, I am approaching 8 weeks now and feel more positive so fingers crossed!! I wish we had the same antenaetal care over her as seems to be in the US!
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replied June 13th, 2008
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The doctors might seem more on the ball in the US, but we don't have to pay for our antenatal care here so you can sort of understand why they don't offer as many tests & scans etc. It can be frustrating, I know.
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replied June 13th, 2008
Guess that's true; then again, I've paid NI for years so have paid for my care in some respects, but I no it's different; they do seem to get more antenatal care in US, but perhaps they're paying quite a bit for medical health care insurance!! I can't complain overall re. antental care in UK; I am just hoping that i will be scanned/monitored more with this pregnancy as my first baby's weight was very small (4.4lb); Although just under 37 weeks she was still much smaller than should have been; my placenta was very small they said. God, this whole pregnancy business is just one big worry isn't it!!
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replied June 13th, 2008
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In US the cost of prenatal care is around $6,000 with vaginal delivery and about $7,000 with delivery via C-section. If you don't have insurance this is how much you have to pay. My company has good healthcare and I'm covered 100% but yes if you don't have a good plan this is how much it costs here in US. Imagine now how it would be for someone with fertility issues needing like a IVF. How many thousands for just the procedure then add this much for the prenatal care once you get pregnant. It's a big business.
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replied June 13th, 2008
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Guess that's true; then again, I've paid NI for years so have paid for my care in some respects, but I no it's different; they do seem to get more antenatal care in US, but perhaps they're paying quite a bit for medical health care insurance!! I can't complain overall re. antental care in UK; I am just hoping that i will be scanned/monitored more with this pregnancy as my first baby's weight was very small (4.4lb); Although just under 37 weeks she was still much smaller than should have been; my placenta was very small they said. God, this whole pregnancy business is just one big worry isn't it!!


You should get more care this time, my first daughter was 5lb 1oz at birth because my placenta wasn't working properly.. I was induced at 37 weeks. This time round I'm getting extra scans after 20 weeks to monitor the baby's growth. Good luck with your pregnancy, I hope everything goes well for you!
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