An ectopic pregnancy means the embryo is implanted outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. Called a tubal pregnancy, this risks maternal health as the pregnancy cannot survive and can possibly rupture the tube.
Keep reading to learn about the signs of an ectopic pregnancy and what to do if you think your pregnancy is ectopic.
The embryo (fertilized egg) implants in the uterus in healthy pregnancies. This implantation process allows for secure attachment to the uterine lining. The placenta is formed once the embryo is attached and the pregnancy grows.
The term “ectopic” refers to implantation outside the normal location. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg attaches somewhere other than the uterus, most commonly in the Fallopian tube.
Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy
It’s difficult to tell immediately if your pregnancy is ectopic because you’ll experience normal pregnancy symptoms. However, the symptoms for ectopic pregnancy usually develop between the 4th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. As the pregnancy continues, you may begin to experience issues like:
- a missed period and other signs of pregnancy
- Stomach ache low down on one side
- vaginal bleeding or a brown watery discharge
- pain in the tip of your shoulder
- discomfort when peeing or pooping
An ultrasound is a great way to know for sure if you have an ectopic pregnancy because it will generate images that reveal where your pregnancy is located.
We offer pregnancy services like ultrasounds to the women in our community at no cost so they can get the peace of mind they deserve about their pregnancy health.
If you suspect you have an ectopic pregnancy or have general questions about your pregnancy, we can help provide medically accurate information
Contact us to schedule your no-cost, confidential appointment today.