Excited upcoming mother, 23, goes for a 12-week scan to hear that baby is actually a cancerous growth that caused her body to mimic pregnancy
- Grace Baker-Padden took four pregnancy tests and visited her doctor's home in Willington, County Durham, who confirmed that she was pregnant
- But during the scan, she discovered that she was suffering from a molar pregnancy, also known as pregnancy trophoblastic disease
- The mass was removed and she received chemotherapy medication for six months
An excited future mother went to her 12-week scan to find out that her & # 39; baby & # 39; was actually a cancerous growth that made her body look like pregnancy.
Grace Baker-Padden, 23, had taken the contraceptive pill and was therefore surprised when she became pregnant last year.
She took four pregnancy tests before visiting her doctor at her home in Willington, Durham, who confirmed that she was expecting a baby.
Grace Baker-Padden, 23, and her partner Joe Cowling, 28, were confused to find out they were expecting a baby because Grace was taking the contraceptive pill
Grace and her partner Joe Cowling, 28, were enthusiastic about the news. They told their family and started talking about baby names.
Not long after she found out she was expecting, Grace thought she was suffering from morning sickness as she started vomiting almost every day.
Her stomach also began to swell and she assumed that this was also due to pregnancy.
But when she reached the ten to twelve week phase, she was afraid she had a miscarriage after she noticed bloodstains.
She was taken to the North Durham University Hospital with Joe, where doctors did a scan.
They could not find the shape of a baby and instead discovered that a cancerous mass had grown through which her body mimicked the stages of pregnancy.
Grace had experienced symptoms of pregnancy, including morning sickness and stomach swelling, but feared she had a miscarriage after she noticed bloodstains
She was taken to the hospital with Joe, where doctors did a scan and discovered that a cancerous mass had grown through which her body mimicked the stages of pregnancy.
Speak to the Sunday Mirror when she found out, Grace said the turn from looking forward to an exciting future to knowing now that her health was in danger was devastating.
The lawyer transporting the trainee said: & # 39; I just wanted to get rid of the terrible crowd right away. & # 39;
Doctors confirmed that it was a molar pregnancy, also known as pregnancy trophoblastic disease.
An unfertilized egg had implanted herself in Grace's womb and caused her hormone levels.
The mass was removed two days later after tests had shown that it was malignant.
During the next six months she had to use chemotherapy to control her hormones.
Grace said that this made her tired and weak and that her hair was getting thin.
Just before Christmas 2018, the couple got everything free but continued to undergo treatment as a precaution.
The mass was removed and she had to use chemotherapy for six months to control her hormones
Although doctors have warned of a 15 percent chance that it will happen again, the couple said the first relief was incredible and that they had booked a holiday to celebrate.
They still hope to have a baby in the future, but they have been advised not to try for at least a year while Grace & # 39; s body is stabilizing.
Recruitment consultant Joe participates in the Great North Run to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust who helped the couple through the ordeal.
In his JustGIving call to raise £ 2,000, he said: & # 39; At the beginning of 2018, my partner Grace was told that she had pregnancy-trophoblastic disease, a rare form of cancer.
& # 39; Last year I saw her real strength show when she received chemotherapy to fight the disease, I am so proud of her …
&  [Hair] treatment was performed at the Teenage Cancer Ward at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, a department that receives a lot of money from the Teenage Cancer Trust.
& # 39; The work that the nurses and doctors do in that department is nothing short of amazing, every time I have visited Grace, I am surprised by everything they do for the brave individuals who treat them … & # 39;
WHAT IS A MOLAR PREGNANCY?
An electoral pregnancy occurs when a lump of abnormal cells grows in the womb instead of a healthy fetus.
A & # 39; full birthmark & # 39; when there is no fetus, while a & # 39; partial & # 39; occurs when a fetus starts to form but cannot develop into a baby.
About one in 590 pregnancies in the UK and one in 1,000 in the US are picky.
Many women have no symptoms and do not know that they have molar pregnancies or routine ultrasound scans.
Some may experience:
- Vaginal bleeding or dark discharge
- Severe morning sickness
- An unusually swollen belly
Treatment often involves removing the abnormal cells via suction.
Medication may also be required.
Treatment may also be needed to remove residual abnormal cells, which can become cancerous.
Molar pregnancies have no influence on the chances of women becoming pregnant in the future.
Source: NHS Choices
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