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What Does An Ectopic Pregnancy Feel Like
Pain and bleeding: An ectopic pregnancy may start out feeling just like a normal pregnancy. However, once the embryo grows large enough to put pressure on the fallopian tube, you may start to have crampy abdominal or pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding (often after having missed a period). If this is you then you need to get to the er right away as this can become very serious very quickly if not treated properly.See 1 more doctor answer
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Serious note: If identified and treated early, there's a good chance everything will resolve with no harm. There's a 30% chance of damage to her tube, but usual outlook for health and fertility is good. On the other hand...If diagnosed late, misdiagnosed, if not treated or inappropraately treated she can lose a tube and can even be life-threatening. Please don't panic, but stay on top of this.
At what point does an ectopic pregnancy become critical? Is it possible to catch one in time with regular pregnancy tests?
Ectopic pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy may become critical at any point but the danger of rupture is greatest from 8-12 weeks. A pregnancy test alone is inadequate to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. If there is pain in the ovary area and a positive pregnancy test an ultrasound is a good diagnostic tool.
Yes: Pain is often a hallmark finding in each case. Appendicitis often presents as a sharp pain in the right lower quadrant of the adbomen ("mcburney's point"). An ectopic pregnancy can lead to a sharp pain in the same area. There are many diagnostic tools your physician may use to differentiate between the two conditions. It is recommended that you seek help immediately when you have this pain.See 2 more doctor answers
Why is that a women will put on water weight in 2 months of being pregnant? With a ectopic pregnancy on top of that. Like almost 30 pounds.
I am unaware: That you can separate ectopic pregnancy from regular pregnancy by following your weight. As a radiologist we usually can tell you have an ectopic pregnancy by doing an ultrasound exam. As for the weight gain this is due to the fact the baby needs all sorts of things to develop. It has an amniotic sac, and placenta - which has a certain weight and your uterus swells up as well.
Out of place pregnan: Ectopic literally means out of place in greek. It is the term used to describe reproductive accidents where the fertilized egg implants outside the endometrial cavity that is prepared to support it. The most common site is the fallopian tube (>90%), followed by more rare and catastrophic locations, including the ovary, cervix, abdominal cavity. Any of those types can prove life-threatening!See 1 more doctor answer
A pregnancy outside: An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus, or womb. The most common location of an ectopic pregnancy is the fallopian tube, but it can also be located in the cervix, the ovary, or within the abdominal cavity. The most common symptoms are pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding. If it is detected early, it can sometimes be treated with medication instead of surgery.See 1 more doctor answer
Damage to the tubes: Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants somewhere outside the uterus. Most often, it is in the tube but ectopics can happen on the ovary or attach to the bowel, or bladder. Usually the tubes are damaged in some way from infection, endometriosis, or a variety of other reasons.See 1 more doctor answer
Surgery and meds: Depending on the size and age of the ectopic, sometimes medications can be given that will cause it to reabsorb into a woman's body and surgery will not be needed. If it is too large, or if it has ruptured, surgery will be necessary to remove the pregnancy and stop any bleeding.
Fetus outside uterus: When the fertilized egg implants anywhere but inside the womb, the pregnancy is called ectopic, from the greek word for out-of-place. This is a potentially life-threatening condition for the pregnant woman and is practically always non-viable for the fetus (although extremely rare abdominal pregnancies can produce a liveborn frequently at the expense of maternal life). Typically they are tubal.See 1 more doctor answer
Pain and bleeding: The classic signs of an ectopic pregnancy are pelvic pain (usually worse on one side), and spotting in early pregnancy. If you suspect that you might have an ectopic pregnancy, see a doctor right away so that s/he can determine where your pregnancy is growing and if there is a problem. Ectopic pregnancies can be treated without surgery if found early enough, but can be life-threatening otherwise.
No: Visualize this scene. A person has an ectopic pregnancy which must develop a large blood supply from surrounding tissue. Since the surroundings are not designed to support a pregnancy, the ectopic eventually grows too big & tears away from the tissues leading to massive internal bleeding. Unless recognized quickly & the bleeding stopped (emergency surgery), mom & baby are dead within minutes to hoursSee 3 more doctor answers
Ultrasound is best: Ectopic pregnancy is the presence of a fertilized embryo implanting outside the normal confines of the uterus, most commonly within the fallopian tube. This can cause pain as the baby grows, since the fallopian tube is not pliable like the uterus. If you have a positive pregnancy test, appropriate followup with an ob/gyn is needed. Ultrasound can determine if the pregnancy is intrauterine.
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