What is Molar Pregnancy?

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Molar pregnancy is a very rare pregnancy complication and only happen in 0.1% of all pregnancies.

If you experience vaginal bleeding, a swollen uterus, severe nausea and vomiting, an irregular heartbeat, unusual sweating, discomfort in the pelvis, typical early signs of pregnancy, or vaginal discharge that is shaped like grapes, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. All of these symptoms are signs that you've developed a molar pregnancy. 

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Once you visit your doctor, he or she can diagnose a molar pregnancy with a pelvic exam, blood test, and/or a pelvic ultrasound. If your doctor confirms the diagnosis, the growth must be removed. This is done through a procedure called “dilation and curettage” (D&C). D&C is ordinarily an outpatient procedure. You will receive anesthesia and lie on your back in stirrups while your doctor dilates your cervix and removes the growth with a sort of vacuum. This procedure takes somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes.

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As far as caring for your reproductive system after a molar pregnancy, your doctor will measure your hCG level after removing the tissue and then between the six-month and one-year mark to make sure the entire growth was removed. She may also recommend waiting for one year before becoming pregnant again.

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