Chelsea's experience of two ectopic pregnancies

06 Jun 2023 | By Kerri

In 2014 I found out I was pregnant but was experiencing some brown discharge. I went to the doctor’s and was referred to the hospital for bloods to be taken. A few days later I was sent back for a scan which confirmed my first tubal ectopic pregnancy. This ended in me losing my left tube at the age of 18. I was scared and broken but had to carry on because it was hardly mentioned back then. No counselling offered after either.  

Fast forward to September 2022, I found out I was pregnant again but the pains in my tummy were horrendous, but I carried on with my day looking after my two boys (one and four years old). That evening I went for a bath and from the moment I got out everything was a blur. I had collapsed on the floor then rushed into hospital.  

The hospital scanned me which revealed internal bleeding – I needed to be rushed down to theatre. One doctor told me it was another ectopic and that I wouldn’t carry a baby again which hurt so bad. Coming round from surgery I was told it was a cornual ectopic pregnancy on the left side and that I was so close to death. They managed to save my right tube.  

A few months down the line I’m still feeling broken, hurt and petrified to be intimate with my other half in case it happens again (I have since had a coil placed). I had nothing offered in regards to support after going through both of these ectopic pregnancies. This time I rang the doctor’s who said just forward yourself to CBT therapy (Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy) which has taken from October until now for them to get in touch.

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