Being an infertility specialist in Hyderabad, I get a lot of people flying down to my hospital with questions every day. Hyderabad, after all is known for having some of the best IVF treatment centres in India. Of the many conundrums and queries that my patients have, pregnancy is a highly discussed topic.
Pregnancy is not as understood as we might imagine. People still don’t know that pregnancy is not confined to just one type. Pregnancy types vary from person to person and depend a lot on the egg releasing process.
While we are at it, let’s discuss the types of pregnancies.
Normal pregnancies occur when the foetus or foetus implants inside the uterus. The placenta is linked to the uterine muscle on the interior of the uterus.
Ectopic Pregnancies and Tubal Pregnancies
Ectopic pregnancies happen when a fertilised egg implants anywhere other than the fallopian tube or uterus. It might be in the uterine neck or the abdomen. The pregnancy is not viable, and the foetus will most likely be aborted spontaneously.
The majority of intra-abdominal pregnancies arise following a prior C-section. The scar from the C-section may weaken and rupture, enabling the foetus to enter the abdominal cavity. The viability of the pregnancy is determined by the gestational age of the foetus at the time of the tear.
Singlet pregnancies are when an egg and a sperm combine to develop a foetus.
Multiples can happen when numerous eggs are fertilised at the same time, i.e., when two sperm enter one egg, or when one egg is fertilised by one sperm and splits into two zygotes. Fraternal twins are born when one egg is fertilised by two sperm. If a single egg is divided into numerous zygotes, you get identical twins.
Blood clotting can jeopardise pregnancies in women with lupus.
Women over the age of 35 who have diabetes and other pregnancy-related health issues, and those pregnant with multiples may be deemed high-risk due to an increased chance of pregnancy complications.
A molar pregnancy happens when an egg and sperm combine improperly during fertilization, resulting in the formation of a noncancerous tumour rather than a healthy placenta.