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Fun lock down activities for you and the family

Lockdown life is sure a Corona-coaster of emotions. We are all feeling for want of a better word, weird. These are unusual times and it can be hard not to dwell and get anxious. Therefore, to fill time and to keep my mind occupied I have taken up a few activities which allow me to not dwell too much on the current situation and below is some inspiration from the projects I’ve tried.

Making videos

We’ve all spent hours in a YouTube whirlpool and no doubt you’ve also joined me in thinking of a topic that you’d like to make a video about. Well, now is the perfect time to experiment with making your own videos. Free software such as YouTube’s editor and phone editing tools such as iMovie and adobe, there are few barriers to stopping you from learning the basics online now and it’s simpler than you think! 

If you’re not ready to create a full Youtube video yet there are platforms such a TikTok which provide great opportunities to get creative. With trends beginning and taking hold of users' imaginations appearing on feeds worldwide every day, there is always something to inspire you that can create as a family - or just on your own if you're looking for a solo project. 

Learn basic code 

I’ve wanted to code for a long time but never found the right project to dedicate the time too which is why I was delighted when I found the giffgaff academy. I’ve found the how to make a game of tic tac toe from code very useful at distracting my brain from negative thoughts and I handed it over to my sister and she felt the same and said it was a great project with her children as well. Get in! 


If you want to invest your time into something bigger, codecademy and w3schools are epic places to begin starting out with digital language skills such as coding and HTML. 

Embroidery and craft

Needlework is a great project to do solo and as a group or with children. There are lots of projects to choose from such as Cross Stitch, for example, is a great starter craft and you can find lots of templates and inspiration for projects online on sites such as Pinterest and Instagram. 

Another great craft project can be to reuse old clothes into something new. This can be as simple and funny as making a monster from old items of clothing - great if you are working with younger children!

So, we hope that we have managed to inspire you to try something new! Make sure to share your work in the comments section below or on our social media. 

Elyse & Connor

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Moving House | How To Deal With Internet Down Time


When you are someone who spends a lot of time on the internet browsing, playing games and working from home the prospect of living without the internet becomes a scary reality. 

But what can you do so as to stop any necessary downtime?  


Make sure you contact your ISP beforehand

Whether you want to cancel or transfer your current package to your new home, then you should contact the Internet Service Provider two weeks before you need it installed so as to ensure smooth transitioning. Hopefully, you will not have to deal with any blunders and the internet gets installed on the date they give you. Personally, I've never had any issue with my provider (Sky) and disruption was minimal. 


Plan a temporary method for internet access


The reality is that you will be without the internet for a couple of weeks, so before your internet goes down you should look for a way to get your fix! things like the following are good ways to get yourself through this hard time:


 Go to a local library - This is a good way to get free internet and if you get sick of Googling you can always pick up a book, or not. Just be sure you behave yourself here, as laughing at some of the crazy things posted in the comment section of the Daily Mail website is a sure way to get you chucked out. 


 Make friends with your new neighbours - Chances are your neighbours are stand up folk, and if they are sympathetic to your plight then they may even invite you to share their Wifi if they aren't then you can scratch them off of the Christmas card list.


• Get your self a Pay as you go mobile wifi (MiFi) - Not ideal for marathoning your favourite show on Netflix or binge-watching cat videos on Youtube, but for basic browsing, light social media and composing emails these are a godsend. They come either wired or battery power but both of them do the same thing. Some come preloaded with a data sim of varying sizes and others require you to purchase them separately. Keep an eye on your data usage and you will be able to tide yourself over without forking out too much. 


I have the Huawei one from the picture below. It was £29.90 and loaded with an EE 2gb data sim which cost £7.63, both of them were found on Amazon. 




 Move back in with Mum and Dad for the duration - Maybe not...


So do not fret when you are going to move home and have to do without a stable connection, there are options and if you do a bit of hunting beforehand with proper planning, you will not do without!



Disclaimer: The MiFi device was purchased by me during a period of great desperation.


Elyse & Connor

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Simple But Tasty | Beef and Ale Stew


I love heartwarming meals that make you reminisce about your childhood. You know roast dinners, homemade soups, casseroles and stews those sort of dishes? One of my favourites is beef-and-ale; there's just something about those two ingredients that work so well and in complete harmony. So what better way to enjoy them both by combining them together in a hearty stew? 

For this recipe, I used Hobgoblin beer, a ruby beer made by the Wychwood Brewery. I particularly like this ale due to its chocolaty, toffee taste and smell. This ale is 5.2% and comes in 500ml bottles at from Aldi. You can literally use any beer that you have to hand. Likewise, if you do not have carrots, you can substitute for any vegetables that you need using up.  


So, how do you make this? Well, I will show you.

Ingredients: 

Cooking oil
100ml of water
500ml of beer
2 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons of Tomato Purée
1kg of stewing beef steak
3 carrots, chopped
3 medium-sized onions
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 clove of garlic, chopped
2 sprigs of rosemary or 1/2 tsp of dried rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste [opt]

Let's Get Cooking

- In a bowl mix the beef with 1 tablespoon of oil, making sure to cover the meat well with the oil. Meanwhile, mix the flour with the salt, pepper and chilli flakes. Chuck the flour mix over the beef and stir well to ensure it's covered.

- Using a medium-sized pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, stir until they brown. Next, add the beef to the pot and stir until it's browned too. Once the beef is nicely browned you can add the tomato purée and 100ml of water. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes. 

- Add half of the beer - I typically use Hobgoblin for depth and flavour - into the pot and allow it to boil. Give the stew a good mix to ensure it doesn't stick to the bottom. Add the remaining beer, the carrots and rosemary. Cover the pot and allow it to cook for 3 and a half hours while checking occasionally. 

- After the long wait, serve up with mashed potatoes and enjoy!

If you enjoy beef and ale then why not give this a go? 

Connor

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Baby Names | 15 Classic Names


Just like fashion, everything comes full circle and that includes babies names. We've gone through a classic phase, a crazy-zany made up phase and over the last ten years, it's clear to see that things started to settle down with the likes of - Charlotte, Emily, Megan and Ava.

Some people like to think outside of the box when naming their baby and that's OK. Some like to give their babies more classic names because they feel that a good solid name (that's well known) will give their baby a better start, and again, that's OK.

Each to their own. I personally like 'known' names but ones that have maybe fallen to the wayside or are not within the top twenty to fifty popular names for that year. But, then again I also love the sound of words, so sometimes I find myself drifting towards the more earthy and bohemian names types - it's a tough one trying to find names that fit between social rules and individualism isn't it?

So, if you're more of a classic name person hopefully these fifteen names inspire your next choice.

Emily | Hard working.
 Cora | Maiden.
 Florence | Blossoming.
 Phoebe | The shining one.
 Hope | Hope.
 Genevieve | Tribe woman.
 Felicity | Luck and good fortune.
 Rose | Flower.
 Matilda | Strength in battle.
 Maude | Strong in war.
 Eloise | Famous in war.
 Olive | Olive.
 Prudence | Good judgement.
 Viola | Flower.
 Opal |  Jewel.

And not forgetting about the boys, here are some cute but classic options too.

 Orson | Little bear.
 Oscar | Divine Spear.
 Caleb | Faith, devotion and wholehearted 
 Thomas | Twin
 Joshua | A saviour.
 Jared | Rose.
 Seth | Replacement.
 Enoch | Dedicated.
 Adam | The ground or earth.
 Edward | Guardian.
 Theodore | God-given.
 Silas | Three or 'third'.
 Oliver | Affectionate.
 Alexander | Defender of man.
 Harry | Home leader

Have you chosen any of these names for your little ones or are any of these names being added to your 'possibility' list?

Elyse & Connor

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Smol | Laundry's Latest 'IT' Brand


This is deep guys. You have been warned. So, I'm mum to two teenagers and one nearly pre-teen. Well a few years anyway for the baby but he's still veering a tad to close to being a pre-teen for my liking. However, I digress.

My eldest dude is strong-willed, is neither fussed up or down about most things with F1 and cars being the only real exception. He's never been one to fuss or moan and is pretty resilient to life in general - he's awesome. All three of my boys are to be fair and all so strangely different. However, big C had been gently highlighting my flaws at not taking my reusable bags with me when I went out. Then it was a Costa reusable cup. Then picking pens for school that could be filled with reusable ink rather than throw away pens. Then it was 'mum do you really need to buy that item' and he went full out to declutter mode too which as his mum I clearly noticed all of these little things. 

He was definitely taking on a plastic-free, buy less, reuse where possible, eco-friendly and refillable mentality. And, I realised these things were important to him. While he's the strong silent type he clearly cares about the earth, the plant and the future to what degree I will never know because he's the strong silent type, did I mention that? ha-ha. 
But, it's my job to nurture not force. It would be an unwise mother that forced her child to do as she says. That's not me. I considered how I could implement things into our lives and in our house that would make him feel that his beliefs were worthy and being actioned. After all, this house is not just hairy boy and I's house. This is a home that's created from all of us living here, varied and unique hopefully and so, I asked big C to consider what we could do so he knew his ideas were valued. 

We made a few changes, I'll cover those separately but one of the changes was laundry. After all, we use so much washing product and it comes housed in excessive plastic. It costs us around £21 for a month and a half. Which is really bloody expensive. I had consistently seen the add for 'Smol' you know, the one where they offer you '9 washes for £1' and being dubious and distrustful (I'm working on it, y'all) I automatically thought it was a hyped gimmick or that you'd sign up and it would be terrible, or the company would take loads of money from your account and be an utter nightmare to cancel. Much like many other companies out there. 

So I researched. And I researched more, I also found inspiration in From Fiona's post about why she's also becoming more sustainable. The feedback that I was seeing was all positive with normal people asking them to make more products like fabric conditioners etc. This was a positive for me as people don't take the time to request more products let alone comment on a less than favourable company. 

I clicked through. 

Figured once I got to check out there would be a catch or the pricing would be ridiculous. Initially, it asks how many washes you do a week, which type of product you'd prefer and if you're a one capsule or a two capsule kinda gal or gent. I filled it all in and it told me that my 1.5-month capsule subscription would cost, wait for it... 

£3.85 

Yup, £3.85. That's a huge £17.15 saving every month and a half. It sounded too good to be true and I was sure that when my nine wash sample order came that it would be ridiculously bad or not smell as fresh as everyone was commenting. 

Again I was wrong. 



I told big C about the change to Smol and he smiled and said it was good (that's a huge mama win!) and you know, it actually felt really good. These were being delivered every 56 days and I didn't have to worry about running out. They cost us a heck ton less and especially during isolation, I'll take all of the savings I can get. 


Your pack will contain as many of the above capsules to last you for the 56 days. I chose the blue non-bio option so my sons' skin doesn't become affected. Middle C has dry skin and typically we opt for non-bio. There is also a green bio option if you'd prefer. The difference between the both is that the bio contains additional enzymes that break down stains, but in all honesty, I've found the blue does just as good as job as it's major competitor counterparts at washing away stains. 

Also, the sample pack you see above came in 60g of recyclable plastic. But, they have now gone 100% plastic-free so my latest order doesn't have any plastic and that also felt great because the little man will use the cardboard in his many creations and as a family, we're helping to do our part, one small change at a time. 

All because of a teenager.


What I will say is absolutely try out the trial pack. I would be surprised if you cancel your subscription. Wash wise the clothes come out gleaming, stains and dirty marks are all gone and if you have a particularly tough load you can soak them in a melted capsule as a pre-wash and then wash again after. 

The younger generation are pretty fantastic, aren't they? I really don't think they get the applause that they deserve. Either way, consider changing up your lifestyle in some small way and I can bet you will be surprised at how easy the change slotted into your life. 

Elyse & Connor

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HSG Test | All You Need to Know

Hysterosalpingography or HSG for short, is a test that allows medical professionals to see the inner workings of the reproductive system and mainly the uterus and fallopian tubes. Most people who are referred for one have either unsuccessfully been trying to fall pregnant and haven't or it's done as apart of a normal fertility workup. 

In our case, it was due to us not conceiving after our ectopic. They didn't presume anything was wrong however it was apart of the normal investigative process. Prior to booking my appointment, the consultant had us try Clomid which also was unsuccessful but we were positive because at least something was being done, even though the NHS itself had failed us so many times. 

In the lead up I read up on the process just so I had an understanding of what was happening as well as being able to gauge myself what they were seeing on the screen, naturally, I've become very distrusting of the NHS so I viewed it as the more knowledge I could gain prior, I would be more relaxed during. 

Off-the-bat I was aware that the NHS (in many cases) will tell you everything will be OK and that it won't hurt, or it's nothing more than a smear type of sensation. But, so many real-life cases told me otherwise. 

Speaking to people online over 95% of them stated it hurt a lot and in some cases, it hurt so badly that they had to stop so the HSG was never completed. On occasion a few mentioned ''they would never go through it again'' and for someone who is trying-to-conceive to say that, you have to realise that it must be more than a little painful. Most TTC will literally put their minds and bodies through anything in order to get that positive test and ultimately a baby in their arms. 

So what does the test entail? 



In my situation, I was on around day three of my periods but my blood doesn't flow all that well (not since my ectopic). I had asked prior if I would need to cancel and she said it was OK to come in. I went in and was made to sign waivers and various forms. Much like if you were having an operation. I was asked there and then ''are you allergic to iodine'' and my response was ''I'm not sure, I was always OK in science'' but let's be real here, no-one was enveloping themselves in that iodine so how was I really to know? 

I was asked if I had brought a urine sample, I hadn't as no-one advised I would need to. All I was told prior was that I must make sure I 100% was not pregnant and the recommendations were to not have sex from the point of your period to the HSG test itself. I was made to give a sample and not surprisingly it was negative. That would have absolutely been an Alanis Morrisette situation right there after a year or not getting pregnant, to have got a BFP on the morning of HSG, right? Keeping it real, I was slightly disappointed. 

They get you up on the bed, legs in stirrups, you know how it goes. In front of me was the actual screen so I knew I would be able to see my actual results in real-time, I'm not sure if this helped or made the anxiety set-in. There were three people in the room, the fertility nurse who was doing my test, the assistant nurse who was well, assisting, she was super fun, such a lovely lady and, my fertility consultant who literally gives me anxiety at the way he poorly manages fertility cases like ours.  

They let me know what was about to happen. The first was the speculum. I've never had problems with those, this ached a little (I've since found out that's my issue and not the HSG, I had a smear and it ached then also). They then advise that they will enter the catheter, and this is where I *was* worried. But nope, I felt nothing, I was actually worried they hadn't done it because I felt absolutely nothing. Then the fertility nurse advised they were infusing the iodine. I saw the uterus fill up slightly like a half-filled glass of wine, and then nothing. 

Panic set in quietly. 

The consultant advised her she hadn't used enough iodine and to re-do it. She tried another few times and it only increased to a full glass of wine type of image. 

He then decided to try again, naturally, I was trying to look calm, but the reality was I was panicked after the first incident of there not being enough iodine. The consultant himself tried and the same thing, the iodine was just retrograding back. So all-in-all they tried about four, five or six times. I honestly lost count. 

I had zero pain. I did wonder if it's because I was aching and had cramps from my menstrual cycle though but glad I didn't have the pain that was recorded from many others. 

While it seems positive. My consultant naturally is pretty blunt, inconsiderate sometimes and not very investigative. He noted I had a cervical erosion, asked if I'd had a smear - I hadn't. Then he stated that I must get one to check the erosion is an erosion and not the start of cervical cancer - cue the panic. Especially since I do get pain in my cervix and bleed a lot. He stated after the smear we would look at treatment for my cervix. 

I asked if there was a plan for my results and if anything could be done and he looked down and shrugged his shoulders and said I don't know. 

We made a follow-up, now me and hairy boy were well aware there were many things that they could do, quite easily for blocked tubes (we only have one tube). A few things include: 

 Vitamins and Supplements - Jury is out on these but you will find so many positive results from the use of antioxidants, serrapeptase, raspberry leaf and other hers. I will cover this in a separate post. 
 Fallopian Tube Flushing - Basically another HSG where they attempt to unblock using a water flush. 
 Fallopian tube cannulation - This is where they go into the tube using a thin wire in the hope of blocking it. It is usually done under day surgery and general anaesthetic, the success rate for 70% of people is around 20%. 

Smear booked and return appointment booked we went in only for ''our'' consultant to not be there. There was a completely new consultant who stated they wouldn't do anything other than referring us for IVF, but we would have to pay because were not eligible for it on the NHS. I may have stated that was unfair given that we meet all of the requirements barr one and, that if the NHS hadn't have buggered up last year, I'd still have my tube. He understood but said that IVF process is ''far easier'' than unblocking the tube and that he doesn't feel anyone in Scotland knew how to do that. 

I was frustrated. Especially since a few more investigative tests and/or HSG's were easy for them and far less costly than IVF. 

What I've since learned is that: 

Prior to an HSG you should be allergy tested at least 24 hours to check for iodine sensitivities. 
  You should not get an HSG done during your cycle. Mid-cycle increased the chances of false results as the uterus can contract closing off your tubes and giving a result showing a blockage. 
  You may not always feel pain. I believe that more pain is felt if the iodine reaches your tubes. Prepare in advance by taking a painkiller before you go in for your test. 
 You absolutely can get side-effects. Those include typically miscarriage or loss if you are pregnant prior to testing, bleeding (but this shouldn't be huge amounts), pain and cramping for a day but may be up to three or four days (I had mild cramps for around three days) and to boot, ended up with a cervix infection that required two-weeks of antibiotics. A cervix or uterus infection can cause kidney infections and if you're someone like me who is prone to kidney stones, the cramping may cause you more pain where your stones are located. 
 Even though some people have results that show a blockage, many are still able to fall pregnant. Even if they have only one tube. It's rarer of course but it does happen. 

I hope to cover more on this topic so if you have a different experience or have any questions please feel free to comment below, email me or Tweet me. This way I can ensure all of 'your' real-life questions and tips are covered. 




Elyse & Connor

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One Year On | Surviving Ectopic Pregnancy


February marks the one year since our ectopic pregnancy loss. I never discussed it much at the time over on the blog because it was one of the most challenging situations we’ve both had to face as both physically and emotionally but I did cover a lot of our 'TTC' journey on Sweet Elyse Blog. It still is but one year one we won’t ever forget what happened and what we lost but we are in a stronger place for it.

See things like this can either break someone or make them stronger, for us it made us so much stronger. We’ve had a lot of heartache during our relationship between losses and surgeries and outside situations but we lean on each other and become bonded even more so. That’s a comfort in itself as it speaks volumes for our relationship but I do wish we hadn’t had to go through quite so much in such a short space of time.

So one year on I finally decided to discuss the ectopic pregnancy, loss and how it actually feels from a very real point of view as there’s so much that a medical journal or textbook just doesn’t explain or cover.

In 2016, I had an infection in my ureter that was somewhat ignored by the NHS and pawned my case off as cystitis, they felt I was ‘’too young’’ for kidney stones. However, fast forward three weeks later and my second trip to the emergency room and I was admitted. The next day I went into a 15-minute surgery only to come out hours later, why? Well, my ureter was infected so badly, and my bladder and kidney, sepsis had started to set in and they couldn’t remove the stone so a shunt was placed in to attempt to drain the infection. This resulted in three surgeries in three or so months and the pain, unbearable. They say kidney stones are one of the most painful conditions. I can guarantee you that it absolutely is, more so than childbirth in my opinion. The thing is you can literally feel your kidney (in my case at least) extending out of your back. You cannot escape the pain.

Well, ectopic is akin to that pain.

I suppose if you take anything of a large size and house it in a tube that’s teeny and expected to function in the human body, you will get the same result. It’s so very common for midwives, doctors and nurses to hear it feels like a kidney stone in my vagina’ because the reality is, it absolutely does.


For me, I knew something was wrong early on. I typically get aches and growing pains anyway quite early on, around the six-week mark in the evening I would get this extreme sharp pain that sat to the right of my public line, much too high for pregnancy at six weeks and slightly off to the centre, but thinking or at least, hoping it was ligaments I would try to relax and hope it went away. The next night the same would happen. At one point I couldn’t move at all due to the pain, I was ready to ask hairy boy to call the ambulance (and that’s not me, I hate hospitals) but eventually it went away. I started lying on my left-hand side each evening when I got in from work, with a pillow under my knees to attempt to take the pressure off my right-hand side. That worked to a certain degree.

At the same time, I was noticing brown spotting, nothing major, it hadn’t turned fresh or red so I wasn’t all that worried as I knew it would either result in miscarriage or it wouldn’t and at that point, we were still pregnant with none of the tell-tale signs of a miscarriage coming.

When we went for our early scan. I mentioned I’d had some pain on the right side, but was dismissed. The ultrasound technician had read our file and knew of our losses and when she put Wanda in, and so no viable pregnancy in my uterus she pulled Wanda out and said ‘sorry’ she never checked any of the surrounding areas. I mentioned this to the nurse, highlighting that I’d had pain on my right-hand side but again I was dismissed and presumed that history was repeating itself. They took a blood test to check if my HCG had dropped (as it does with miscarriage) and advised they would call me later to advise.

I was furious. I knew this was different. I had stated so many times to hairy boy and a friend I worried it was ectopic given the pain and placement, of course, they thought I was just over worrying.

The hospital called later to advise my HCG had increased. And, that I was to return for a repeat HCG to check if it had dropped in two days. I attended and waited for the call, at this point the pain I was feeling had increased. But no-one wanted to listen. Again the HCG increased but hadn’t doubled. They were slightly miffed as normally in a miscarriage HCG will drop dramatically signalling that a loss is on its way.

They scheduled a further blood test and advised they would call me again. Again the same thing happened. The nurse at the time called to say they would call me to get me in on Sunday for Methotrexate. I mentioned ectopic and she shouted at me that it wasn’t ectopic. However, they were still asking me to get methotrexate. I waited for the call and it never came. Calling back urgently I was told I was booked for the Monday clinic and someone would call me.

During this point, my ectopic symptoms had increased. I could no longer stand or be upright, I knew I had to stay as flat as possible as most movements caused huge amounts of pain, somewhat like labour. The pain never went away, the right-hand side pain was intense and no pain killers were touching it. I was still spotting brown blood and I had intense pain and pressure in my backside, like labour I suppose but all in the back and bum.

Eventually, Saturday came and without being disgusting, my backside exploded – not in the way you would think (eww) this was pure red, fresh blood in HUGE quantities. Apparently, this also is common, to find the toilet covered in blood. It’s so scary, especially because there’s so much and from an area that is unrelating to anything.

Eventually, after the hospital forgot to book me into the clinic, and me explaining that if I wasn’t seen that day I literally felt like I could die (the pain was that intense) they realised the situation was much more urgent than they originally thought. They advised I would have to come in for a scan as they cannot give Methotrexate if you are bleeding internally. So they would need to check first.

Monday came. We went into the ultrasound and I explained again where the pain was, the technician had a look and there he was, wriggling around, alive, but in my right tube. In the exact spot, I had the pain just to the right of my public region. I burst into tears, seeing him alive broke me. Especially as I was bleeding heavily into my cavities and I had become a life or death case, they were scared I’d move and pass out. The hardest part was knowing he would die so they could save me was tormenting, sure rationally I knew that he wouldn’t survive in the tube especially as it had ruptured but he was nearly eleven weeks old. ELEVEN WEEKS! That’s crazy. We had never reached that far in any of our pregnancies, but here we were with Jacob wriggling around in my tube quite happily.

Losing a tube and a baby hit me hard. Seeing hairy boy so grief-stricken for the loss of his baby, the worry that he’d lose me and the worry about what our future would become hit him hard also. I spent my days crying and worrying about him and, feeling like less of a woman. Not only had I lost my baby, but I’d also lost a body part and was left with the daily reminder of the loss through my scars which you can’t hide from.

Losing a body part, especially one so linked to the female reproductive system hit me hard. I know it’s irrational but I felt like less of a woman, not only had I had so many miscarriages and loss through pregnancy but I now had the loss of one-half of my tubes. One half of what would give us the chance of having a baby again. I felt wholly defunct. Over time I picked myself up with the help from hairy boy, it took a long time to feel anything other than broken and still now it hurts in every way. It hurts hairy boy also who really feels the loss of his baby and with the anniversary coming up, it’s hard to escape the hurt we felt then and feel now.

But generally each day we are positive, happy and so in love. I don’t think I would have coped quite so well if I had been with anyone else and likewise I think hairy boy would have been even more broken if I wasn’t aware that he had equal amounts of grief and pain. We support each other daily and hopefully, this post can support anyone else going through the same issues and grief. If you need to talk please email me, I am ALWAYS here for you.

Symptoms can vary from person to person however the ones I felt were:

HCG rising but not doubling every 48 hours.
 Niggling pain 4 weeks to 6 weeks on one side above the public bone region.
 Intense pains from 6 weeks+ on the same side.
 Pain that takes your breath away on one side.
 Brown spotting – 6 weeks + (no pain or cramping)
 Shoulder tip pain, like when you have trapped wind.
 Intense pain in my lower back and in my tailbone and bottom region
 A huge amount of fresh red blood loss from the anus.
 Ultrasound showing no viable pregnancy in the uterus.
 Intense pains when upright. I had to remain flat and lying down near the end.
 Feeling light-headed, dizzy, nauseous (blood loss into cavities)
 Migraines
 Feeling like I could ‘die’ I never get that feeling but you feel it during this
 Feeling like you have a kidney stone in your vagina.
 Pain when going to the bathroom (for either reason)

If you feel that your pregnancy could be ectopic or something doesn’t feel right, please, please, please go and get it checked out. You do not want to reach the point of losing your life, having salpingectomy or worse. If caught early Methotrexate is an option which although still hard, it’s better than surgery and losing body parts. 

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Elyse & Connor

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