What is it?? An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the expected uterus. Although it can implant in various places outside of the uterus, the most common place is in the fallopian tube and it’s known as a tubal pregnancy. It occurs in 1%-2% of pregnancies.
When should I be concerned?? The first symptoms could be severe pain in the abdomen or pelvic area. You may also have light vaginal bleeding. If the fallopian tube begins to leak rupture you may experience shoulder pain or the pressure as if you need to use the bathroom. If the tube ruptures you may become very lightheaded and faint. If you experience any of these symptoms you should go to the closest ER immediately.
How is it treated?? If the pregnancy is early you may be given an injection of Methotrexate to stop the fetal growth and cause the existing tissue to be dissolved. If the pregnancy is too big or the tube has begun to leak or rupture, you will probably require a surgical procedure to remove the pregnancy and possibly the tube itself if it has been damaged beyond repair.
A potential ectopic pregnancy is why an ultrasound is so important. Call 973-538-0967 or text 973-532-2904 to come to First Choice for a free ultrasound to medically confirm pregnancy.
Rhea Borbotti, RN, Director of Health Services First Choice Women’s Resource Centers , Jersey City, Montclair, Morristown, Newark and Plainfield, NJ