Last year my wife Abi suffered an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. We had been in the hospital multiple times the previous week and had been told she had suffered a miscarriage which was hard enough to go through. On her first day back to work the following week she collapsed so I took her straight to the hospital where she collapsed unconscious in the carpark. After being rushed into the hospital the consultants told us she had suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy at 11 weeks and was bleeding internally. Within 10 minutes of arriving she was taken straight to theatre to have the pregnancy removed along with a lifesaving blood transfusion.
Recovery was very difficult both physically and emotionally. Getting to grips with losing a child while having just gone through life saving surgery is hard to cope with. The worst part about ectopic pregnancy is the uncertainty and the risks associated with future pregnancy, and how to handle the emotional strain and the impact on mental health.
Ectopic pregnancy and pregnancy loss are a very taboo topic and not openly spoken about. Raising awareness is as much about learning what the condition is as people feeling comfortable to talk and discuss the topic openly. It is all to easy to say you are "OK" and put a brave face on because people don’t feel comfortable discussing difficult topics. Many people still don't know what to say to us - it's ok to talk to us about it!
This year I will be undertaking a couple of events to help raise awareness of ectopic pregnancy. One of these is the Edinburgh Half Marathon on 25th May and the second is a half iron distance triathlon (2km swim, 56mile cycle then a half marathon) in Aberfeldy in August.
The money raised will go towards The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust providing more support through NHS Scotland, as it is one of the only UK charities with any information and support for people who experience ectopic pregnancy.
This will be a physical and mental journey to raise awareness of the physical and mental journey that couples go through following pregnancy loss.
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