Experts recommend that women who experience ectopic pregnancy seek grief counseling. "Any patient who loses pregnancy at any time should be offered grief counseling. Most patients have hopes and dreams for their future child and their family, and those are destroyed with a pregnancy loss," says Dr. Klugman.
After an ectopic pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage, BabyZone reader Terri Frances "spiraled down into a huge depression," she says on our online Mom to Mom conversation. "Once I got professional help, my mood started to lift."
Dr. Trolice agrees. "I don't think enough people realize that an ectopic pregnancy is a loss like a miscarriage or like a stillbirth. This is a pregnancy that most people have been trying for and it is not being realized. I think it is very appropriate to acknowledge the loss, allow them to grieve, and to help them with counseling," he says.