Woman posts heartbreaking video on losing baby to ectopic pregnancy

Nisean Lorde
Kerri Stedman shared her ectopic pregnancy story in a powerful Facebook video. <em>(Photo: From Sofa to 1000km: My Ectopic Pregnancy Trust Challenge)</em>
Kerri Stedman shared her ectopic pregnancy story in a powerful Facebook video. (Photo: From Sofa to 1000km: My Ectopic Pregnancy Trust Challenge)

“Our baby died, I nearly died.”

A mother from County Wexford, Ireland, is raising global awareness around ectopic pregnancy — a topic she says, “that no one talks about.”

Kerri Stedman shared her ectopic pregnancy story in a powerful short video posted to Facebook. In November 2015, she and her husband were ecstatic to discover they were going to have another baby.

“We started planning and preparing for our expanding family,” she wrote on paper facing the camera.

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Wiping tears from her eyes, Stedman took viewers back to the moment when she first experienced complications with her pregnancy.

“On Dec. 9, 2015, I started bleeding. I thought it was a miscarriage,” she wrote on the cards. Two days later she had a scan and was told it was possibly “ectopic.”

“I was admitted, not knowing exactly what it was. I collapsed and was rushed to theatre. They saved my life.” But, “Our baby died, I nearly died,” she added.

An ectopic pregnancy, sometimes known as “tubal” pregnancy, occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus (i.e. a fallopian tube). Because the fertilized egg can’t develop properly in an ectopic pregnancy, it must be treated to prevent life threatening blood loss, and to help preserve a woman’s chances of future healthy pregnancies.

Hemorrhaging from ectopic pregnancy is a leading cause of pregnancy-related maternal deaths in the first trimester and accounts for approximately four to 10 per cent of all pregnancy-related deaths.

In the wake of her horrendous loss, Stedman felt numb. She eventually healed from the physical aspects of the open surgery, but a myriad of emotions followed — guilt, jealousy, anger, sadness, loneliness, helplessness and emptiness.

“There was nowhere to go for support. Just like there is no awareness,” she wrote. “In memory of our baby, we wanted to change that.”

The mother of one is now bringing awareness to the issue by pledging to cover 1,000 km (walking, running or biking) within a year to raise money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, a U.K.-based charity that provides information and support to people whose lives are affected by ectopic pregnancy.

“There is not enough awareness when it comes to ectopic pregnancies. The symptoms are not highlighted,” she stated on her fundraising page. To help other pregnant women recognize an ectopic pregnancy, she highlighted the primary symptoms to look out for:

– Missed or late period
– Vaginal bleeding
– Abdominal pain
– Shoulder pain
– Bladder/bowel problems
– Collapsing

“Please share to raise awareness and maybe save a life,” she ended her touching video.

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