Video: What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
Ectopic pregnancy can put you at risk, too – learn about this pregnancy complication in this video
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We have included a video from the NHS in the UK as it best explains Ectopic Pregnancy. One percent of pregnancies in New Zealand are ‘Ectopic’ (‘outside of the womb’) and can put mum in danger, too.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? Am I at risk?
Viewing time: 4m 15s
What you will learn:
- An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes
- Unfortunately, it’s not possible to save the pregnancy
- Symptoms can include pain and bleeding, including pain in your shoulder
- Scarring of the fallopian tubes (maybe from a pelvic infection or a previous ectopic pregnancy) puts you more at risk of an ectopic pregnancy
- In extreme cases the fallopian tube could rupture, causing internal bleeding. SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY
- 60-70% of women who have had an ectopic pregnancy will go on to have a healthy pregnancy to term