- Lower back, abdominal or pelvic pain.
- Shoulder pain.
- There could be cramping or even tenderness on one side of the pelvis, etc.
Incase hemorrhaging has already occurred in Ectopic pregnancy, then surgical intervention is pertinent if continuous blood loss is proved. Doctors use laparoscopy to gain access to the pelvis region of the patient’s body and can either cut into the particular Fallopian and eliminate the pregnancy only or remove the affected tube with the pregnancy.
Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy
Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment
Abdominal pain during pregnancy can be a normal part of the process as your body changes to accommodate your growing baby. While there are many harmless causes of abdominal pain in pregnancy, some may be more serious. As an expectant mother, it is important to educate yourself on all potential causes so you are able to recognize symptoms that may cause concern.
Common Causes of Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy
Some abdominal aches and pains during pregnancy are quite common and generally pose no threat to you and your baby.
- Round Ligament Pain: This can be characterized by a sharp stabbing pain when you change positions, or it can also be an achy, dull, lingering pain. Round ligament pain is caused by the two large ligaments that run from your uterus to your groin. As the uterus grows, these ligaments are stretched and create discomfort. This pain is generally reported in the second trimester, and considered to be harmless. Read the full Round Ligament Pain article.
- Gas and Constipation: Gas during pregnancy is caused by increased levels of progesterone. As more of this hormone is released, your gastrointestinal tract slows down, which makes food travel more slowly. Drinking plenty of water, eating fiber rich foods, exercising, and using stool softeners are excellent ways to combat excessive gas and constipation. Learn more about Constipation during Pregnancy.
- Braxton Hicks Contractions: Sometimes labeled “practice contractions,” Braxton Hicks are more of a mild annoyance than a risk to you or your baby. Many women report that Braxton Hicks feel like a tightening of the stomach muscles so your stomach feels firm or hard. It is important to differentiate Braxton Hicks from true contractions. True contraction will be closer together, last for a longer period of time, and are painful. True contractions will take your breath away, so a general rule of thumb is that if you are able to carry on your normal activities, then it is most likely Braxton Hicks. Also, doctors report that Braxton Hick can be caused by dehydration, so drinking plenty of water can help eliminate this problem. Read more on Braxton Hicks Contractions.
- Common Discomforts: In addition to those listed above, there are several other common abdominal discomforts that can be experienced during pregnancy and are generally non-threatening. Your growing uterus, stomach viruses, kidney stones, fibroids, and food sensitivities are all valid forms of harmless abdominal pain.
When Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy is Serious
Although many women who experience abdominal pain have healthy pregnancies, there are times when abdominal pain can pose a serious risk. If you exhibit any severe symptoms, such as those discussed below, please consult your medical care professional immediately.
- Ectopic Pregnancy: Occurring in 1 out of 50 pregnancies, an ectopic pregnancy is when the egg is implanted anywhere other than the uterus. Most often, the egg is implanted in the fallopian tube. Sadly, an ectopic pregnancy cannot continue to term and requires medical treatment. In the unlikely event that you have an ectopic pregnancy, you may experience intense pain and bleeding between your 6th and 10th weeks of pregnancy. Women at increased risk for an ectopic pregnancy include those who have had an ectopic pregnancy in the past or have had endometriosis, a tubal ligation, or an intrauterine device (IUD) in place at the time of conception. Learn more about Ectopic Pregnancies.
- Placental abruption: Placental abruption is a life-threatening condition in which the placenta separates from your uterus before the baby is born. One symptom of placental abruption is constant pain that causes your stomach to stay hard for an extended period of time without relief. Another sign is bloody fluid or premature breakage of your water. Additional symptoms include tenderness in your abdomen, back pain, or fluid discharge that includes traces of blood. You can access the complete Placental Abruption article here.
- Miscarriage: The unfortunate truth is that 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage making it the most common form of pregnancy loss. Sometimes referred to as “spontaneous abortion,” miscarriage most often occurs in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Signs of a miscarriage include mild to severe back pain, true contractions (happening every 5-20 minutes), brown or bright red bleeding with or without cramps, tissue or clot-like material passing from the vagina, and a sudden decrease in other signs of pregnancy. Read the full article on Miscarriage.
- Urinary Tract Infection: While easily treated during pregnancy, if ignored, a urinary tract infection can cause complications. Most often recognized by pain, discomfort, and/or burning when you urinate, UTIs can also produce lower abdominal pain. Should you notice pain in your lower back, the sides of your body under your rib cage or above your pelvic bone accompanied by fever, nausea, sweats, or chills, then it is possible that the UTI has spread to your kidneys. If this is the case, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine after 20 weeks gestation. Upper abdominal pain, usually under your ribs on the right side, can accompany other symptoms used to diagnose preeclampsia. Nausea, vomiting and increased pressure on your abdomen are additional symptoms that will affect your abdomen. Learn more about Preeclampsia.
When Should I Call My Doctor?
Please call your medical care professional immediately if any of the following symptoms accompany abdominal pain or discomfort:
- Severe or persistent pain
- Spotting or bleeding
- Vaginal discharge
- Discomfort while urinating
- Nausea and vomiting
Last updated: February 28, 2017 at 21:47 pm
Compiled using information from the following sources:
1. Clinic, Mayo, Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby’s First Year. New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc.
2. Current Obstetric & Gynecologic Diagnosis & Treatment Ninth Ed. DeCherney, Alan H., et al.
3. Williams Obstetrics Twenty-Second Ed. Cunningham, F. Gary, et al, Ch. 10.
Causes for Lower Back Pain & Lower Abdominal Pain
Numerous conditions can cause lower back and lower abdominal pain. According to FamilyDoctor. org, an information website produced by the American Academy of Family Physicians, lower abdominal pain is a common complaint among women with reproductive tract problems. In some cases, problems in the pelvis or lower abdomen can cause a person to experience pain in the lower back too. Pain in these regions can range from mild to severe. Severe pain in the lower abdomen and back should not be ignored.
An ectopic pregnancy can cause lower back pain and lower abdominal pain. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg becomes implanted in a location outside the uterus. In over 95 percent of cases, ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tubes–the tubes that connect the uterus with the ovaries, according to KidsHealth, an information website sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. Other possible implantation locations outside the uterus include the ovary, abdomen and cervix. Pregnancies in areas outside the uterus cannot progress, as these areas lack the necessary space and nurturing tissue to ensure the development of the fetus. Ectopic pregnancies can cause severe bleeding, and they can lead to life-threatening complications. Common signs and symptoms associated with ectopic pregnancy include abdominal and pelvis pain, vaginal bleeding, dizziness and lightheadedness.
Is an ectopic pregnancy considered gravida 1?
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An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy which occurs outside of the uterus. The most common type is when the baby develops in the fallopian tube, but it is possible to develop in the ovary or cervix.
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You will most likely have to undergo minor surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy or you can be prescribed medication that will end the pregnancy.
An ectopic pregnancy is usually caused by a condition that blocks or slows the movement of a fertilized egg through the fallopian tube to the uterus. This may be caused by a physical blockage in the tube.
- Pain in the lower abdomen, and inflammation
- Pain while urinating
- Pain while having a bowel movement
- External bleeding is due to the falling progesterone levels.
Ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilised egg implants itself withinone of the fallopian tubes rather than within the uterus, as theembryo grows it outgrows the small space of the fallopian tube andif not caught soon enough this can prove fatal.
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