What is Ectopic Pregnancy?

When an embryo implants itself outside of the uterus, this is referred to as ectopic, which means “out of.” These pregnancies are not viable and can be life-threatening to the pregnancy carrier if not treated immediately.

Keep reading to learn more about the signs of an ectopic pregnancy versus what to expect in a normal pregnancy.

Normal Pregnancies

In healthy pregnancies, the fertilized egg (the embryo) implants itself securely in the uterine lining. As the embryo becomes attached, the placenta begins to form, supporting the growth and development of the pregnancy.

Ectopic Pregnancies

When the embryo develops outside of its usual location, the uterus, this is an ectopic pregnancy. Most commonly, it attaches itself to the fallopian tube. This condition is dangerous because as the pregnancy grows, the greater the likelihood of tubal rupture.

Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy

Without an ultrasound, you likely won’t know right away if your pregnancy is ectopic. The symptoms of ectopic pregnancy usually develop between the 4th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. As your pregnancy continues to grow, you may notice symptoms like:

  • A missed period and other signs of pregnancy
  • Stomach ache low down on one side
  • Vaginal bleeding or a brown, watery discharge
  • Pain in the tip of your shoulder
  • Discomfort when peeing or pooping

We recommend seeking medical care immediately if you are experiencing these specific symptoms.
At our clinic, we offer a pregnancy test and ultrasounds at no charge to you to get a digital image of your pregnancy, which can give details such as the gestational age, viability, and location.

No Charge Ultrasounds

The sooner you confirm the health and status of your pregnancy, the more your reproductive health is protected. At Life Choices Medical Clinic, we have created a safe, supportive space for you to get the crucial information you need to navigate your pregnancy confidently.
Even if you don’t think it’s ectopic, we can provide medically accurate information to help you feel equipped. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Every interruption is actually an opportunity for something beautiful to grow.