Friday, January 6, 2012

Ectopic Scare

Written Dec. 22

Only an infertile can scare herself into believing she has an ectopic pregnancy when she is at NO risk for an ectopic.

That's right, not just LOW risk, I'm at NO risk.  Ok, it's probably actually like 1% or something like that, but my Dr. literally said NO risk to me.

At 5weeks 5 days I started having some lower abdominal pain, slightly off to the right side WHERE I IMAGINE MY FALLOPIAN TUBES TO BE.  Not cramping, not stabbing, just a dull achy sensation that I've never experienced before and since this is my 2nd pregnancy and all I AM TOTALLY AN EXPERT.

I ignored it for 2 days.  It was intermittent, and not sharp or overly painful, just obnoxious.  AND THEN I GOOGLED.  I was convinced that I would need stronger symptoms for an ectopic, ie stabbing pain, bleeding, you know not just a dull ache, but then Dr. Google said SOME WOMEN ONLY EXPERIENCE A DULL ACHY SENSATION IN THE LOWER ABDOMEN and my heart sank.


So we called my Dr. and got an appt for the following afternoon for an ultrasound.  Just the fact that they got me in for such a quick ultrasound only further convinced me that we had in fact lost our 2nd pregnancy in 3 months.

With heavy hearts we sat through another ultrasound WHERE THE TECHNICIAN SAYS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR 20 MINUTES even though we'd just explained that we're just a few months post miscarriage and thus very nervous.  Finally after what seemed like hours we get confirmation that:

1. The pregnancy is in the uterus.

2. I was measuring exactly 6 weeks along, which according to my calculations is spot on.

3. I have absolutely no idea what's going on with my body when it comes to this pregnancy.

We left feeling slightly foolish for giving into panic and not relaxing into the pregnancy like we swore we would but at least we knew we weren't dealing with an ectopic pregnancy and we wouldn't be rushing to the ER Christmas morning with a burst tube.

The pain continues off and on, I have no idea what it is, BUT AT LEAST IT'S NOT AN ECTOPIC PREGNANCY.

Update from today, the pain went away about a week after we visited the Dr. but not before it got WAY WORSE, bent over in pain and can't walk worse.  My Dr. mentioned at the time that I had a rather large cyst on my right ovary and that that might have been what was bugging me.  Perhaps my cyst burst?  I still have no idea for sure what it was, but it's gone now.  In hindsight, while we may have felt slightly foolish I am very glad we got that ultrasound because of how bad the pain got days later.

And I am also glad that it is now gone.

8 weeks 2 days today...3 more days until I hit my first milestone and my temp is still up.


  1. Good to hear your temp is up. LOL...I thought I had an ectopic also. I guess we are just used to all these bad thoughts.

  2. I had NO serious pains or symptoms with my ectopic. I am glad you went in.

  3. I am so so happy for you on this pregnancy. I can't imagine how hard it is not to pay attention to every symptom and sign after what you've been through already. We're all rooting for you! Hang in there--you're going to hit some important milestones soon!

  4. My Dr. tells me a lot to "not Google" things because I'm already a worry-wort and it's so easy to scare the shit out of yourself. I'm glad you went with your gut and got an U/S though and was reassured your bun is in your oven! Yeah for 3 more days! :-)

  5. Glad to hear it was just a false alarm...things seem to be going really well so just hang on!

  6. So glad that your fears were unfounded! I would probably jump the the same conclusions. Can't wait to hear how your ultrasound goes!

  7. continuing to send much love to you, hoping so much for a take home baby

  8. YAYAYAYAY good news! Who cares? Don't feel like you have to prove how relaxed you are. You are doing great :D