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Early Pregnancy Complications

Bleeding:

Bleeding in early pregnancy can happen without any serious impact. Sometimes it may imply a miscarriage in the offing and it may progress to a spontaneous abortion. The abortion process may be asymptomatic and become evident only by a scan. This is called a missed abortion.

Ectopic pregnancy:

At times the embryo may settle in a location other than the uterus. It may grow in the tube or the ovary where it cannot sustain itself. The gestational sac (the bag in which the embryo resides) then bursts and the embryo dies. This condition is called ectopic pregnancy and is manifested as a severe bleeding or even shock. This is potentially a life-threatening situation.



Vesicular mole:

Some pregnancies do not have a growing embryo but only placental tissue growing abnormally and invading into the uterine wall and sometimes even spreading beyond the uterus. This tissue looks like a bunch of grapes and is called vesicular mole. Vesicular moles have to be removed by a procedure called Dilation and curettage also known as a D&C.

Dilation and curettage is a minor operation which scrapes away vesicular mole or miscarried embryo by a process called curettage. The process requires a short anesthetic and has to be done in a sterile and hygienic area, like an operation theatre. The scraped out contents can be sent for pathological examination to obtain an accurate diagnoses and direct further treatment.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum:
This is a condition where the normal nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is greatly exaggerated. The patient is unable to eat anything and can become dehydrated. This is commonly seen in twins. Treatment is with intravenous fluid and medicines to reduce vomiting. Vitamin B6 injections are also useful.

Congenital Defects:

If the mother has suffered an infection or has been exposed to radiation, the baby may develop congenital defects. Either an amniotic fluid sampling or ultrasound may diagnose this. Taking folic acid supplements can avoid defects known as neural tube defects.

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Hi, my Wife is 12 Weeks pregnant but the doc says baby is growing normally except the brain and is suggesting us to get it aborted coz maybe the baby would be mentally abnormal after birth, i really dont know what to do coz this is first pregnancy and we took opinions from 3 Docs all say the same!!!

Waimarie23

I have Bn spotting for the last week. The color is lite but it got brighter last night shall I be worried? No cramps, no pain....I'm too early in my pregnancy for docs to see anything yet. What shall I do?

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