Ectopic pregnancies can seem like normal pregnancies in the very beginning, with typical pregnancy symptoms like a missed period, breast tenderness, fatigue, and nausea.
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy include: severe lower belly pain, especially on one side.
vaginal bleeding or spotting.
How soon would you know if you have an ectopic pregnancy?
First signs of an ectopic pregnancy may include: Vaginal bleeding, which may be light. Abdominal (belly) pain or pelvic pain, usually 6 to 8 weeks after a missed period.
How painful is an ectopic pregnancy?
Often, the first warning signs of an ectopic pregnancy are pain or vaginal bleeding. There might be pain in the pelvis, abdomen, or even the shoulder or neck (if blood from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy builds up and irritates certain nerves). The pain can range from mild and dull to severe and sharp.
How did your ectopic pregnancy feel?
At first, an ectopic pregnancy may feel like a typical pregnancy. Aside from a missed menstrual period, you may have tender breasts, an upset stomach or nausea. You may also notice some other symptoms, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, low back pain, rectal pressure, or pain or cramping on one side of your pelvis.
How can you detect an ectopic pregnancy at home?
Occasionally, the doctor may feel a tender mass during the pelvic examination. If an ectopic pregnancy is suspected, the combination of blood hormone pregnancy tests and pelvic ultrasound can usually help to establish the diagnosis. Transvaginal ultrasound is the most useful test to visualize an ectopic pregnancy.
Does your belly grow with ectopic pregnancy?
The egg attaches in the uterus and starts to grow. But in an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg attaches (or implants) someplace other than the uterus, most often in the fallopian tube. In rare cases, the egg implants in an ovary, the cervix, or the belly. There is no way to save an ectopic pregnancy.
Will an ectopic pregnancy test positive?
If you take a pregnancy test, the result will be positive. Still, an ectopic pregnancy can’t continue as normal. As the fertilized egg grows in the improper place, signs and symptoms become more noticeable.
How long can an ectopic pregnancy last before it ruptures?
The structure containing the fetus typically ruptures after about 6 to 16 weeks, long before the fetus is able to live on its own. When an ectopic pregnancy ruptures, bleeding may be severe and even threaten the life of the woman.
Can ectopic pregnancy be detected at 4 weeks?
The diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy may sometimes be difficult, and symptoms may occur from as early as 4 weeks pregnant and up to 12 weeks or even later. Not all women experience symptoms.
Is there always bleeding with ectopic pregnancy?
It can become severe. Vaginal bleeding often occurs but not always. It is often different to the bleeding of a period. For example, the bleeding may be heavier or lighter than a normal period.