An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy which occurs outside the womb or uterus. The fertilized ovum attaches itself to any tissue other than the uterine wall. An ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency, and, if not treated properly, can lead to the death.
The common areas where an ectopic pregnancy can occur are:
- Fallopian Tube – The tube through which the egg passes from Ovary to Uterus. It is also known as Tubal Pregnancy.
- Cervix – The lower end of the uterus, located at the top of the vagina.
- Stomach Area
Early Symptoms of an Ectopic Pregnancy
- Delayed Period
- Spotting or mild vaginal bleeding, usually dark brown in color
- Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
- Pain in the Lower abdomen
- Lower Back Pain
- Dizziness and feeling tired
- Normal Pregnancy Symptoms like Frequent urination, feeling bloated, fatigue etc.
If the ectopic pregnancy ruptures, then the symptoms can be very severe. You need to rush to the emergency room.
- Severe pain in the lower abdomen on any one side
- Severe back pain which is concentrated on one side
- Shooting pain in the shoulder
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Feeling faint and weak