ruptured ectopic pregnancy: 14 signs and symptoms

A little over four weeks ago, I experienced a very scary situation. I didn’t have any idea I was pregnant and suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. The strange part is, I’ve dealt with an ectopic pregnancy and surgery from it (removed my right Fallopian tube) before – so you would think I would know the signs.  But honestly, I had no idea what was going on. In fact, I thought I was sick from food poisoning. Turns out it was far from that.

ectopic

First off, what is an ectopic pregnancy aka a tubal pregnancy? It’s a pregnancy that develops anywhere except where it should be, in the uterus. Most ectopic pregnancies develop in the Fallopian tubes. The cause for the rupture is when the pregnancy outgrows the narrow confines of the Fallopian tube. The tubes can only stretch but so much and once the pressure of the growing pregnancy splits the tube, it causes heavy internal bleeding. A ruptured ectopic pregnancy is a true medical emergency and nothing to be messed around with. It’s the most common cause of pregnancy related deaths in the first trimester, so getting immediate medical help is critical.

I’ve talked about what happened to me in detail with a few close friends and family. Each time I share, I’m asked about the signs. In my case, I was fine one second and completely not fine the next. The onset was quick. Along with sudden pain, I’m sharing all of the symptoms I experienced in hopes that it will help you or someone you know if one day – hopefully not – it is happening to you. Time is key – my doctor gently told me post-surgery that I could have easily had a very different outcome if I had been even a few minutes late. Scary, right? The likelihood of it happening is pretty low (less than 3%) but you just never know. Knowledge is power…so be informed, know the signs and act quickly if it’s happening to you or someone you know.

These are the signs and symptoms I experienced – yours could be different. As always, if you have any questions, concerns or doubts about your health, you should call your health care provider for immediate assistance or visit your local emergency room.

-Shraddha

ps+ I’d like to give a little shout out to my better half Hitesh for acting quick and literally saving my life.  You’re the best! xxo.

1.Bleeding/spotting –  didn’t experience this when my rupture occurred but what I thought was my cycle a few weeks before turned out to be due to the pregnancy

2. Sudden, sharp abdominal and pelvic pains – pains that can have you on your knees and doubled over

3. A baseline and constant abdominal pain and another pain that comes and goes

4. Tender to the touch abdomen

5. Distended abdomen

6. Lower back pain

7. Intense shoulder tip pain – can be both or just on one side;  due to heavy internal bleeding causing pressure on the diaphragm

8. Severe nausea – the kind that makes you wonder about what you last ate and if you’ve been food poisoned

9. Vomiting and/or diarrhea

10. Pressure in the butt or rectum area and constant urge to go to the bathroom

11. Inability to walk

12. Inability to be comfortable laying down – especially on one side

13. Dizziness

14. Feeling faint or passing out

 

picky vs. problem eating in toddlers

picky eating tips

 

Any parent of a toddler can tell you that almost all children go through a picky eating phase. Those peas and carrots your  1-year- old practically begged for are now your 3-year-old’s worst enemy. While this kind of occasional pickiness is normal, if your child’s eating habits are interfering with them receiving proper nutrition, it could be a sign of a larger issue.

Typical Pickiness:

  • Eats at least one food from most food texture groups (crunchy, chewy, mushy etc)
  • Can deal with new food on their plate and will try a new food with some prodding
  • If they get burned out on a type of food, it can eventually be reintroduced

Dealing with pickiness:

  • Create a food routine. Try to serve meals at a consistent time each day with a limited number of snacks throughout the day. Pickiness can result from children over-snacking and not being hungry at mealtime.
  • Serve new foods with familiar foods that your child already likes. Allow them to explore by smelling or taking tiny bites.
  • Don’t bribe or force your child to eat a new food. If you keep serving small portions along with familiar foods, chances are your child will come around to trying it eventually.

Signs of a feeding issue:

  • Eats less than 20 foods
  • Progressively phases out foods to the point that their diet becomes extremely limited
  • Gags or vomits when eating certain foods
  • Refuses certain food textures or colors
  • Can’t tolerate being around people eating foods they don’t like

Dealing with problem eating: [Read more...]

6 tips on building a sibling bond

 

sibling bond 2

Raksha Bhandan, which in our culture is a celebration of love and bond between a brother and sister.  This got to me thinking about how lucky my kids are to have a close bond with one another.  I am an only child and growing up it was hard being the only “one.”  People used to say, “Oh you are so lucky you have no brother or sister to fight or share things with,” or they would say, “Oh you must be spoiled because you are the only child!”  At the time it didn’t really phase me, but after awhile it started to bother me.  I can honestly tell you I disliked being an “only child.”  I wished I had a brother or sister to share things with and I definitely was not spoiled.  Actually, it was quite opposite my parents were really strict.  Yeah there were times I got what I wanted but my parents made me work for it, it was just not given to me.  This is what inspired me to write this post on the bond of siblings and how important it is to keep it going throughout their whole lives.  Of course as parents we can only do so much and then it is up to them, but here are a few tips on helping push them in the right direction. [Read more...]