Here are some symptoms of ectopic pregnancy (also called tubal pregnancy) so you will know what to look for:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain – This pain usually occurs at about six to eight weeks pregnant and may start on one side and then spread over the abdominal area. This pain will usually get worse with straining or bending.
- Vaginal bleeding – This bleeding can be light or heavy.
- Pain with intercourse or during pelvic exam.
- Shoulder pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
If you experience any of these symptoms in early pregnancy, especially if there is pain and bleeding together, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Waiting too late can be dangerous and could also cause you to lose a fallopian tube.
Your doctor or midwife may also suspect an ectopic if your HCG levels are lower than normal or are not doubling as they should every few days.
Who is at risk for a tubal pregnancy?
- Women who are 35+ years old.
- Women who have had a previous ectopic.
- Women who have had pelvic or abdominal surgery.
- Women who have had several induced abortions.
- Women who have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Some possible causes of tubal pregnancy can be infection or inflammation of a fallopian tube, which can cause a blockage, and also an abnormal tube shape due to a birth defect or abnormal growth.