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Health & Fitness Devastating first scan floors woman 'expecting twins' after years of trying for baby

15:46  28 february  2021
15:46  28 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

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A woman who suffered years of fertility disappointment was given the devastating news that she had an ectopic pregnancy after being told by doctors there was nothing wrong.

Rebecca Aitken, 31, and her partner Matthew brown, 30, had been trying for a baby for two years and went through two failed rounds of IVF before receiving a positive pregnancy test.

When Rebecca quickly realised something wasn’t right, including bleeding and pain in her legs, she went to hospital but was initially dismissed by doctors.

However, at her first scan in November 2020 she received the devastating news she had been dreading meaning the foetus cannot be saved.

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Dieter Schmitz standing posing for the camera: Rebecca Aitken, 31, and her partner Matthew brown, 30 © Liverpool Echo Rebecca Aitken, 31, and her partner Matthew brown, 30

Our sister title The Liverpool Echo reports how Rebecca is now raising awareness of the signs of an ectopic pregnancy, where a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes and the foetus cannot be saved.

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She is running 5k everyday for a month to raise money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.

Rebecca said: "I knew it was ectopic because I had all the signs and symptoms. I just knew in my own body that something was wrong.

"I kept going back to the hospital and saying 'there's something wrong you need to scan me'.

"They said it was just being pregnant and there was nothing wrong.

"I was told by one doctor 'you can't have an ectopic pregnancy in IVF treatment it was impossible', which isn't true because I'm a prime example.

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"In the end they scanned me and the doctor said there was nothing there. A couple of days later I had another scan and blood tests."

It was the results of the second scan that found the ectopic pregnancy and they also showed that Rebecca had a ruptured ovarian cyst.

Rebecca said: "With Covid I had to do it on my own, my partner wasn't allowed with me.

"It was the most horrific experience of my life."

After "listening to her own body" and catching the ectopic pregnancy quickly, Rebecca said she was able to avoid surgery.

a man and woman posing for a picture: Rebecca Aitken, 31, was told her concerns about bleeding and pain were © Liverpool Echo Rebecca Aitken, 31, was told her concerns about bleeding and pain were

This meant she was able to save her ovaries and fallopian tube and can go through further IVF treatment in the future.

In January Rebecca returned to hospital and was told both the pregnancy and the cyst were now gone and she would not require any surgery.

After everything Rebecca and Matthew have been through, the 31-year-old said she was keen to give back to The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - a charity very close to their hearts.

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To do this she has run 5k every day for a month starting on February 1 until Sunday, February 28, to raise money for the charity.

Rebecca said: "I'm glad that I went though that difficult time in order to save my fertility, I'm only a young woman.

"I don't want anyone else to have to lose their fallopian tube if they don't need to.

"When all of this happened I thought I need to help other women to recognise the signs and symptoms.

"When I had sleepless nights the forums [from The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust] helped me to relax and put my mind at ease when I was suffering with ectopic symptoms. I honestly don’t know how I would have coped without the help of their website and forums."

Rebecca is due to become a volunteer for the charity to help others who are going through the same thing.

You can visit and donate to her Just Giving Page by clicking here.

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