Being aware of the early signs associated with an ectopic pregnancy can help you assess your symptoms if you think you may be experiencing this. An ectopic pregnancy is extremely serious and demands immediate medical attention as well as support from those close to you. Being aware of the first signs and symptoms can ensure your health and well being, and potentially save a life.
Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms: What You Need to Know
1. Ectopic Pregnancy Basics
The main difference between a normal pregnancy and an ectopic pregnancy lies in the fertilized egg. During a normal pregnancy the fertilized egg goes through the fallopian tube. Its endpoint is the uterus where the egg embeds itself in the lining of the uterus. This is where the egg will grow and thrive for the next 9 months. However, an ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg attaches and embeds in a place where a baby can’t grow.
Often, ectopic pregnancies turn into tubal pregnancies. This is when the fertilized egg attaches to the fallopian tube. There are also rare occasions where the egg implants in the cervix or the ovary.
2. Terrors of an Ectopic Pregnancy
Back in the E.R. If you pray please pray for me to get better. I have a really rare ectopic pregnancy that has developed in my body where it’s not supposed to be that’s causing excruciating pain & anxiety. It’s likely there’s 2 pregnancies possibly one that has attached behind my uterus & another on my abdomen. My HCG levels were dropping but now they are going back up which isn’t good bc these pregnancies aren’t viable. This happens to 1 in 30 million the dr’s say. I’m in philly to sign my books so I’m hoping they can fix me because I’ve been spending a lot of time in hospitals lately. I feel fine one second & then awful the next. I will keep you posted when I find out more. #iui #infertility #bilateralsalpingectomy #miscarriage #channonrose #pregnant #pregnancy #pregnancycomplications #ectopicpregnancy #emergencyroom #lovemeihurt
Because a fertilized egg cannot grow safely outside of the uterine lining, ectopic pregnancies are sadly, unsalvageable. When an egg tries to grow in the wrong spot, painful, and even life threatening, risks arise. Fallopian tubes may burst and severe hemorrhage and bleeding may occur. If medical attention is not sought immediately, your life could be in jeopardy.
3. Ectopic Pregnancy Causes
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Damaged fallopian tubes are usually the main culprit for an ectopic pregnancy. In addition to this, other factors may come into play as well. One example is smoking. Pregnant women who are avid smokers hold a higher risk of having an ectopic pregnancy.
Pregnant women who suffer from pelvic inflammatory diseases are also at a higher risk for ectopic pregnancies. Risks increase further for individuals who have or had STI’s such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.
Endometriosis is another main suspect in ectopic pregnancies. Scar tissue builds up in the fallopian tubes during endometriosis. This prevents the fertilized egg from entering the uterus and therefore, keeps the egg from embedding in the optimal position.
4. First Symptoms
Early signs of ectopic pregnancy are similar to the signs of a non-ectopic pregnancy including a missed period, nausea, fatigue, and sore breasts.
However, there are also a few key indicators of a possible ectopic pregnancy. Pregnant women should pay special attention to belly or pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding. These are what doctors consider early red flags. It’s best to schedule an appointment right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
5. Progression of Symptoms
The initial pelvic or belly pain increases as the pregnancy progresses. What was once a sharp pain on one side of the belly or pelvis may spread. Movement may also cause an increased pain as well. Heavy vaginal bleeding will accompany the pain.
Pregnant women may also experience pain upon intercourse, pelvic exams, and regular movement. In addition to this, women suffering from an ectopic pregnancy may experience pain that is not local to the abdomen, such as shoulder or back pain. This is due to the abdomen bleeding and affecting the diaphragm. The internal bleeding may also lead to lightheadedness, dizziness, and fainting.
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The key to monitoring ectopic pregnancy symptoms is to remain observant. Recognize the changes your body may be experiencing— both outside and inside. When you know your body well, you can easily identify when something doesn’t look, or feel quite right.
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