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Warning Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy

When these symptoms are present and a woman knows or suspects that she is pregnant then she should immediately schedule a visit to the doctor. Prompt treatment of an ectopic pregnancy will greatly help in saving the life of a woman or her fertility even if nothing can be done for the embryo.

It is sad to note that when a pregnancy turns out to be ectopic, there can be no normal pregnancy and eventual delivery to be expected.  Ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg, that is the egg has already met with the sperm cell and is now called as embryo does not proceed to the uterus or the womb as it normally would and will simply attach itself either to the fallopian tube or even the ovary where it will not have the capacity to support the growth and development of the embryo.

So how does a woman determine that the pregnancy is normal or ectopic? Are there symptoms that will somehow alert the woman of an ectopic pregnancy?  In a previous article on the causes of ectopic pregnancy, the risk factors that increase a woman's chance of having an ectopic pregnancy have been discussed.  But are there physical conditions or symptoms that will especially warn of this abnormal pregnancy?

A woman pregnant ectopically may feel the same symptoms of a normal pregnancy such as tenderness of the breast and nausea or there may be no symptoms felt at all thus the pregnancy may not be actually known.  However on week five of the pregnancy or a week after a missed period, a woman would notice vaginal bleeding that may be mistaken as a normal menstruation.  Pain would also be felt in one side of the lower abdomen.

When these symptoms are present and a woman knows or suspects that she is pregnant then she should immediately schedule a visit to the doctor.  Prompt treatment of an ectopic pregnancy will greatly help in saving the life of a woman or her fertility even if nothing can be done for the embryo.

If in the woman’s first week of missed period and no treatment has been made, the symptoms that will be felt during an ectopic pregnancy is sure to worsen in the days or weeks that will follow.  These symptoms may include severe pelvic pain.  It will also include pain in the shoulder.  When a developing embryo is attached in the fallopian tube or anywhere outside the uterus, the site where it has attached itself will not have the capacity to sustain the developing embryo and as the embryo continues to grow it will rupture the organ, usually the fallopian tube where it is attached.  When this happens, the blood from the ruptured organ will be pressed against the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen.  The pressure on the diaphragm will then be felt in the shoulder.

Other symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include dizziness due to the resulting blood loss.  Nausea and vomiting; low blood pressure and also back pain.

These symptoms mentioned are severe and a consultation with a doctor should be scheduled the soonest possible time as the life of the mother in this situation is on the line.

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anolther very important article

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