Pregnancy Complications 101: Cervix Incompetence & Ectopic Pregnancy

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How do these complications affect your pregnancy?

 

WORDS TEO KUAN YEE

 

Cervix Incompetence

 

As the tissue that connects the vagina and the uterus, the cervix is supposed to withstand the pressure of the growing uterus during pregnancy. Sometimes, the additional pressure can weaken the cervix and cause it to open before the ninth month – this is known as cervical incompetence.

It can lead to the rupture of membranes and delivery of a very premature foetus, usually around the twentieth week of pregnancy, which makes it difficult for the foetus to be saved.

 

Ectopic Pregnancy

 

This occurs when a fertilised egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, for instance in a fallopian tube.

 

 

As the fertilised egg cannot develop properly outside the uterus,

its growth may damage the fallopian tube and

surrounding areas, leading to a loss of the pregnancy.

 

 

If you have heavy vaginal bleeding with abdominal pain and menstrual-like cramps, visit the doctor immediately as this is considered a medical emergency and can be life-threatening.

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