Sadie Brittle was heartbroken when she lost her baby to an ectopic pregnancy.
Then seven months later This hairdresser found a new reason for happiness. Brittle, 32 collapsed at work one day when she ruptured a fallopian tube. It wasn’t until then that she discovered the cause of her health problems.
When she went to the hospital doctors told her she had a secret twin to the child she had lost hiding out in her womb.
She now cradles a six-day-old baby at home with husband Gary, 37, Mrs Brittle told how the healthy foetus growing in her womb had been hidden on hospital scans by the extreme internal bleeding she suffered when her world fell apart eight weeks into the pregnancy.
The second was only discovered around three months after having surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy after Mrs. Brittle carried out a pregnancy test because her stomach was still swollen.
These women is practically a medical miracle! When a viable embryo is implanted in the uterus, and the other one is implanted elsewhere (usually in one of the fallopian tubes, as an ectopic pregnancy) this is known as a heterotopic pregnancy, and only about one in 30,000 natural conceptions.
She reminisced that she, ‘was devastated after my ectopic pregnancy in April.’
‘I’d lost a lot of blood when it ruptured and I was told I couldn’t work for three months.
‘We had a holiday to Spain at the end of the three months. I was on a sun lounger and wondered why my stomach was still big and quite high up, so I took a test.’
Then she received very shocking news on her flight home from her GP.
Mrs Brittle said there was ‘no way’ she’d got pregnant after surgery, and a midwife initially thought her symptoms were being caused by pregnancy hormones from the first failed pregnancy. But a hospital scan then revealed she was 19 weeks pregnant.
Teddie was born via caesarean section last Thursday, weighing 6lbs 10oz.
Mrs Brittle, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, added: ‘I was just so relieved that everything was OK.
‘I was a high-risk pregnancy so had so many more scans than usual.’
Her husband, a 37-year-old builder, added: ‘I was born with cleft palate so I was just really worried.
‘It really was a roller coaster pregnancy, everything that could have happened, happened.
‘We were trying for a baby at the time, but it was more a case of when it happens, it happens.
‘We were so relieved when everything was OK with Teddie, but it was a birth of mixed emotions as he should have had a brother or sister.’
Although rare in natural pregnancies such as Mrs Brittle’s, the rate of heterotopic pregnancies in cases of assisted reproduction jumps to as many as one in 100 pregnancies.
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy – where a fertilized egg implants itself outside of the womb – include stomach pain, vaginal bleeding, and pain in the tip of the shoulder.
They usually develop between the fourth and 12th week of pregnancy, although they do not always appear.
Unfortunately, around one in every 80-90 pregnancies is ectopic, which is equivalent to around 12,000 each year.
These are often caused by blocked fallopian tubes, but in a lot of cases, there can be no obvious explanation.
Sadly, it isn’t possible to save an ectopic pregnancy. The egg is usually taken out using medicine or an operation.
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