Birth injuries are an unfortunate reality faced by thousands of babies and their parents every year.
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting phases in a couple’s life. It can bring cheer and hope to the entire family. However, some complications during pregnancy and childbirth can have serious and life-altering consequences for both the mother and the baby. Birth injuries are an unfortunate reality faced by thousands of babies and their parents every year.
A baby’s development inside the mother’s uterus is a delicate and complex process. There are numerous chances for misdiagnosis during pregnancy. When a doctor fails to correctly diagnose a medical condition, it can have severe and even fatal consequences for the mother and the child. One such type of misdiagnosis that can have serious consequences is an ectopic pregnancy misdiagnosis.
In pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants in the uterus lining to develop and grow. However, in some cases, the egg may implant in other reproductive areas resulting in an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy can occur in the following places:
- Abdominal cavity: Even though such cases are rare, it may happen that the fertilized egg implants in the abdominal cavity of the mother. It may begin as a tubal pregnancy and the fertilized egg may move from the tube to the abdomen.
- Fallopian tubes: Pregnancy in the tubes that connect the ovaries with the uterus is known as a tubal pregnancy and is a common form of ectopic pregnancy.
- Cervix: This type of pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the endocervix. Usually, this type of pregnancy aborts during the initial few months.
- Ovary: If the fertilized egg does not release during ovulation and the fertilization process occurs inside the ovary, it is classified as an ectopic pregnancy.
Risks Associated with Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic pregnancy can be extremely dangerous for both the mother and the baby. An ectopic pregnancy cannot continue without causing serious damage to the woman’s reproductive system. An ectopic pregnancy in the fallopian tube can lead to rupturing of the tube and cause significant bleeding.
Risk Factors for Ectopic Pregnancy
- Sexually transmitted infections
- History of ectopic pregnancy
- Use of contraceptives
- Fertility treatments
- Malformations in reproductive system
If a pregnant woman has any of these conditions, the doctor needs to administer certain tests to detect the presence of ectopic pregnancy. With proper diagnostic techniques, the doctor can diagnose an ectopic pregnancy within the first few weeks of gestation before any significant damage occurs. When the doctor fails to carry out the appropriate tests and fails to diagnose the ectopic pregnancy in time, the mother may have to suffer immense physical damage. The entire family may undergo an emotional trauma.