Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Ectopic Pregnancy And Preeclampsia, Stealing The Joy Of Pregnancy

It is the ambition of every woman to one day give birth to a beautiful baby, but, this dream will be totally unrealistic if there was no pregnancies. According to comon knowledge, pregnancy is the only normal route a foetus (unborn baby) can take to life, any other way is purely spiritual.

If you're reading this article, you should have known that the only way by which a woman can get pregnant to give nirth to a baby is mating, which occurs in human being through sex.

What Causes Pregnancy?


When the egg, from a female ovary meet with a sperm from the male reproductive system, the egg gets fertilized by the sperm and this process is known as fertilization.

In short, the whole process of pregnancy is as a result of fertilization, which can be achieved by the process of sexual intercourse. Artificial insemination is also an innovative way of achieving the same effect.

When the egg is fertilized by a sperm, it forms a zygote and attaches to woman uterus where it develops further.

How Do I Know If I'm Pregnant?


The signs of pregnancy are often unknown, especially among the newbies. This part of the article outlines some important signs of pregnancy you have to watch out for. Though, the signs may not be the same in everyone, people are far more likely to experience some common symptoms which includes.
  1. Missed period. Number one sure sign. A missed period is a major sign of pregnancy, though it may not be associated with pregnancy at all times. When a person is suspected to be pregnant in our local communities, a period miss will clear the suspicion. However, this may not be a clear way of diagnosing pregnancy as there are a uosts of other infections that may lead to period loss or delay.
  2. Fatigue. Experiencing tiredness in things you may easily do without getting tired.
  3. Mood swings or changes in your mood.
  4. A strange change in food choices.
  5. The breasts become slightly enlarged, and more sensitive.
  6. Constipation. Constipation is are irregular bowel movements, characterised by small stools which are a difficult to pass, etc.


As pregnancy is usually a source of joy to everyone, it sometimes leads to sadness, especially when it comes negatively.

Unwanted and irregular/abnormal pregnancies can all be a source of sadness to the family as a whole. When this happens, pregnancy may then be seen as a punishment rather than a blessing.

Let's quickly see some instances where pregnancy goes wrong.

Unwanted Pregnancy Issues.


There are a lot of irregular illnesses and unwanted issues that may come with pregnancy. We have researched and compiled two which we consider most saddening and may have grave effects, good to go? Let's dive in.

Ectopic pregnancy.

You might have come across the ter  before, but you don't know the meaning? Here, I'm going to tell you, what is ectopic pregnancy.

Ectopic pregnancy is a very serious condition that occurs when a fertilized egg implants and develops out of the uterus.

This is a very serious medical condition that would require urgent emergency medical attention if suspected.

What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?

As already stated, in a normal pregnancy, the eggs are fertilized in the fallopian tube and the eggs travel through the fallopian tube to the uterus where the eggs develop and grows into a baby.

But in ectopic pregnancy, the case is different. The eggs get stuck within or outside the fallopian tube before getting to the uterus and the eggs srart developing there.

This is a very serious case because an ectopic pregnancy has never resulted in a safe delivery.

How Do I Know If It's An Ectopic Pregnancy?

When some pregnancies develop abnormal characteristics, the carrier of the pregnancy is curious to know if it might be an ectopic pregnancy and we're going to talk about the sign and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy today.

Don't worry, ectopic pregnancy is very rare and is not just a common incidence, so, there are chances that your pregnancy may not be what you fear. Note that there may be no symptoms at first and start like a normal pregnancy but as it develops, the symptoms arise. This is why it is very reasonable to start an antenatal program during pregnancy.

Ectopic pregnancy symptoms usually vary and there is a less chance that you may get all the symptoms listed below. The best option is to visit your doctor for a checkup.

No time, let's see the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy.

  • Severe abdominal and shoulder pain.
  • Missed period.
  • Vaginal bleeding.
  • Nausea and painful vomit.
  • Dizziness and fainting spells.
  • Breast tenderness and fatigue.
  • Cramps and spotting.
  • Discomfort in the tummy, coupled with pain usually from one side of the body.
When you notice any of the mentioned symptoms during pregnancy, see your doctor, he'll run some tests on you and see if you're actually having an ectopic pregnancy or another infection.

Remember, don't delay this step. The earlier they know, the better for you.

How Is An Ectopic Pregnancy Treated?

Once the medical doctor detects you're having an ectopic pregnancy, the next thing that should happen is treatment and this brings about the question; what is the solution to an ectopic pregnancy?

Once a patient has been said to have an ectopic pregnancy, there are two options for treatment available.

If it's just a mild one with not much damage made to your fallopian tube, and you have low levels of hCG (produced when you're pregnant), your doctor may prescribe a medication known as Methotrexate (trexall). It is injected into the body and stops the foetus from growing further, so it can be absorbed by the body easily.

However, it may have a number of side effects on the body, which may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, etc. But this should not discourage you

Preeclampsia.


Preeclampsia is another condition that occurs only during pregnancy and can be characterized by high blood pressure and protein content in urine, after yhe twentieth week of pregnancy.

Preeclampsia may start out as gestational hypertension, and although a high blood pressure means a pregnant woman may be having the condition, it does not necessarily mean you're having preeclampsia.

5-8% of pregnancies suffer from preeclampsia!

Causes of preeclampsia.


The cause of preeclampsia is not really known, but it is greatly associated with some defined risk factors according to research.

Though preeclampsia may affect any pregnancy, some people are at more risk of getting preeclampsia because of some qualities.

Risk factors of preeclampsia.

  • As gestational hypertension is directly linked to preeclampsia, people with a previous history of gestational hypertension are more likely to have preeclampsia.
  • A woman who is being pregnant for the first time has more risks of having preeclampsia.
  • A person whose family line has been previously linked with preeclampsia has a higher risk of having it themselves.
  • A woman who is younger than 20 or older than 40 is not advised to get pregnant for fear of preeclampsia.
  • When you are carrying two or more babies (foetus), you're at a high risk of getting preeclampsia.
  • Obese women, etc.

How Do I Know If I Have Preeclampsia.


Mild preeclampsia has many symptoms which includes high blood pressure, water retention and a protein content in the urine amongst others.

But as it graduates to severe preeclampsia, the symptoms also graduate to more aggravated symptoms like headaches, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, fatigue, vomiting amongst others.

What Can Preeclampsia Cause?


Preeclampsia has a lot of dangerous, or even fatal effects on the health of both the mother and child.

A short list of compiled effects of preeclampsia are;
  • Terribly high blood pressure.
  • Separation of placenta from the uterus.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Rupture of the liver, and in worse cases,
  • Death of mother or child!

Preventions Of Preeclampsia.


As the cause of preeclampsia is not really known, there is no prevention for preeclampsia, but doctors do recommend some tips to have a healthy pregnancy.

Having regular exercises, reducing the amount of salt in your diet, limiting your intake of alcohol, avoiding junk foods and having enough rest are all practices that ensure you have a healthy preeclampsia free pregnancy.

What Are The Treatments For Preeclampsia?


Once you have preeclampsia, the best thing you should do is to see a doctor to secure your life, and importantly, the life of your child.

As preeclampsia only happens during pregnancy, all you have to make sure is a safe delivery. Once you have a safe delivery, your predicament is gone. However, some people may not be strong enough to make it through the pregnancy, some tips are recommended by medical experts to help.

Consuming less salt, taking a lot of water, including more proteins in your diet and exercise can help you, but never miss antenatals.



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