If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant it’s important that you know the signs of ectopic pregnancy.
It’s a rare complication but it’s still important you know the symptoms.
What Is Ectopic Pregnancy?
When a fertilized egg grows outside of a woman’s uterus it is called an extrauterine or ectopic pregnancy.
The word ‘ Ectopic ‘ itself means ‘out of place ‘ and the condition can be extremely painful. It is fairly rare but often life-threatening making it the most dangerous cause of first trimester bleeding.
In the very beginning, an ectopic pregnancy can feel like any other normal pregnancy. You might experience fatigue, nausea, and morning sickness, breast tenderness, and missed periods.
Others may not even be aware they are pregnant; this is because most of the time ectopic pregnancy happens very early on in the
first few weeks.
Only a doctor can diagnose ectopic pregnancy but there are some warning signs you should be aware of. Below is a quick list of things you should look out for just in case.
Light vaginal bleeding or spotting should always be checked out by a doctor
Pelvic pain or abdominal cramping could be an indicator that something is wrong and shouldn’t be
Upset stomach or vomiting unrelated to morning sickness warrants a call to your doctor
Dizziness, weakness, or fainting can be a sign that something serious is going on and should be
discussed with your doctor
Persistent pain in the rectum, shoulder, or neck is common with ectopic pregnancy
Lower belly pain that occurs primarily on one side should be checked out
An ectopic pregnancy can cause your fallopian tube to burst or rupture and cause life-threatening bleeding so the earlier an ectopic pregnancy is found and treated the better.
If you experience severe pain or bleeding, head to the emergency room right away.
If you have any other symptoms contact your doctor as soon as possible.
A pregnancy cannot survive if it’s ectopic. Because a fertilized egg cannot grow outside the uterus, your doctor will need to take it out to avoid serious complications. This is done with medication or surgery.
I encourage every woman to listen to her inner voice and her body. You know more than anyone if something is off, or doesn’t feel right.
So be intuitive and listen to what you’re body is telling you.
Speak up and ask questions and never hesitate to get medical attention if you feel like something is going on.
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