Interstitial/Cornual Pregnancy: Follow-Up From Yesterday

I’ve learned some new information since yesterday, and I wanted to share it here in case I can help anyone else searching around for it. There’s not a lot out there currently.

I have two resident OB friends, and right before I posted yesterday, I emailed them to ask about my ultrasound. They obviously hadn’t seen the scan themselves, but both said, “It sounds like your doctor is concerned about an interstitial pregnancy.”

An interstitial, or cornual (these are actually two different things, but most people use them interchangeably), pregnancy is a rare type of ectopic pregnancy. The pregnancy implants in the uterus, but close or attached to the place where the fallopian tube connects with the uterus. It’s so rare that it represents 1-3% of all ectopic pregnancies. But apparently it’s more commonly seen with IVF. I’m not sure why. Unlike typical ectopics, beta numbers often rise normally.

Of course after hearing about this, I immediately emailed my doctor. She definitely did not mention interstitial pregnancy yesterday, so I wanted to hear what she had to say about the topic. Instead of emailing she called me back. Unfortunately, I missed the call.

Her voicemail was as follows:

“Hi, it’s Dr. G. I don’t think you need to worry. We obviously do need to keep an eye on it, but I think that this is not going to be an interstitial pregnancy.”

So that is very good, and I should just be reassured and go off into Happy Land, right? I know I should. But I have to be honest, you guys. I am really struggling. I don’t know if it’s the hormones or the stress of fertility treatments finally catching up with me, but I spent most of yesterday crying. Of course, it was stealth crying because I was at work. I’ve been doing all my usual visualizations and breathing and none of it is really working.

I can’t with the curve balls. They are so sneaky. I was worried about possibly not seeing a heartbeat at my six week ultrasound. I wasn’t really worried about the ultrasound yesterday. I certainly wasn’t worried about the rarest type of ectopic pregnancy. After all, my numbers were rising normally, so I thought I was in the clear there. Yet, it snuck in there, reminding me that there is no safety in this world, and there is no surefire way to protect your children, even when they’re in your own body.

I know I’m sounding dramatic here. I recognize that, but I just can’t shake it. Next ultrasound is a week from Wednesday, on Christmas Eve. I’m really hoping to get some good news then. Until then, I’ll be here, trying to get my peace back!

19 thoughts on “Interstitial/Cornual Pregnancy: Follow-Up From Yesterday

  1. There is no way to know, for sure, that your (our) baby is safe. Except that’s what the ultrasound and beta numbers said. Growing normally. Hold on to that.

  2. I think you are going to worry like mad until you have a definitive answer, and honestly, I think that’s normal and okay! Heck, let’s be honest, you are going to worry like mad until that little one arrives healthy in 35ish more weeks!
    Try to enjoy the little moments of happiness when they happen. With time, I suspect there will be more of them, and your nerves will calm down.

  3. Oh my gosh how feeaking stressful!! You have every right to feel however it is you want to feel- you are certainly entitled to it…but just remember that as of right now, you are pregnant and everything is as it should be in terms of your numbers !!! And that’s a very reassuring thing! So while there’s probably never going to be a way to feel completely safe in your pregnancy hang on to the good news you do know:) thinking of you and sending good vibes!!!

  4. No. No. Just no. You are pregnant and I won’t hear of anything else happening to you. This is your time. This is the path to baby. Nothing else is to interfere. You hearing me, universe?!

    1. Thank you so much for the support. I don’t know what I would do without you and the other ladies in the blogoverse. Yesterday was a bad day, but today is a new day. If I can keep the fear from taking over today it will be a win. I started a mantra today, which I am repeating over and over to myself: I have deep faith in this pregnancy and its ability to go to term.

  5. They do say you will worry until bubba is safe in your arms and ivf is a big thing to go through, that a long with the crazy baby hormones you are going to stress. BUT 😉 focus on the positives, it is v rare and your Dr is not worried, baby is developing as should and beta levels are good. You have that gorgeous wee bubba growing inside of you, so precious! Enjoy the gift today do not spoil it by racing ahead with the what ifs (easy for me to say I guess). Sending you a big hug, know it must be hard. xx

  6. Stealth crying 🙂 Done plenty of that in my time too. I’m sorry you have this hanging over your head. And you’re not sounding overly dramatic. This whole process seems to be so fraught with danger and difficulty that most days I look at parents out in the street and wonder how the hell anyone ever managed to have children. The waiting is just awful as well. Hoping you can find some peace xxxx

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