Human Growth and Development

Prenatal Development-Embryonic Period

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized ovum is implanted in an area other than the uterus. Most frequently, the fertilized ovum is implanted in the uterine tubes. A fetus in an ectopic pregnancy cannot survive because it does not receive nourishment from the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy must be terminated because it jeopardizes the health of the mother.


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