Kobe Bryant missed Lakers practice, game, and charity commitments on Thursday and Friday due to complications with wife Vanessa‘s pregnancy (which hadn’t even been announced yet.)

Vanessa has been undergoing tests the last two days, which found that she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. The embryo does not survive, and there can be damage to the mother as well-infertility, and in rare cases, death. Symptoms of ectopic pregnancies occur between 4 and 10 weeks into pregnancy, and most commonly in weeks 6 and 7, alerting the mother to the problem.

Thanks to Meadow and the BabyNames girls. CNN News Article on the situation.

To learn more about ectopic pregnancies, visit