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It is customary to consider the various aspects of pregnancy in such arbitrarily drawn periods as the first trimester, the second trimester and the third trimester. I shall follow this course in discussing some of the common conditions which may lead to serious trouble.
THE FIRST TRIMESTER
In the first trimester there are two conditions which stand out clearly and which may lead to serious consequences: (1) pregnancy not within the uterine cavity, but within the fallopian tube; (2) the premature expulsion of an indwelling uterine pregnancy. These may be looked on as two of the most frequent complications of pregnancy in general, the first occurring approximately once in every 300 pregnancies and the latter once in every 4 or 5 pregnancies.Ectopic pregnancy seemingly is intricately bound up in the problem of diagnosis.In perhaps more than 50 per cent of cases, the condition is not initially recognized. If
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