POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS SPECIFIC TO PREGNANCY

Complications may arise during pregnancy which are peculiar and specific to the pregnant state. They are uncommon, and your mathematical chances of developing any one are slim—in fact, so slim that the odds are better than you would get on a long shot at the race track. Be additionally reassured by the knowledge that obstetrics today is a modern miracle and virtually all of its problems can be safely and skillfully solved.

Pregnancy in the Tube

Once in 300 pregnancies the fertilized ovum halts in its journey from the ovary to the uterus and implants in the conduit (Fallopian tube) through which it is traveling. Not cognizant of its abnormal site, the egg burrows into the wall of the tube and begins to develop. The condition is ordinarily diagnosed by the occurrence of lower abdominal pain some days or weeks after a period is missed, and is frequently associated with vaginal bleeding, which causes the patient to seek medical help. When the diagnosis of a tubal or ectopic pregnancy is established, abdominal operation is necessary at once; then either the entire tube is removed or it is opened, the pregnancy evacuated, and the tube repaired.