Ectopic is defined as “out of place.” An ectopic pregnancy is a fertilized egg that has planted itself outside the uterus. More than likely, eggs will land in the fallopian tubes but they can also travel into the ovaries, abdomen or cervix.
This type of pregnancy can be very dangerous for the mother and unborn child. When the fetus starts to develop in organs other than the uterus, the organ is stretched until it bursts, which causes severe bleeding. Normally, with ectopic pregnancies live birth does not occur.
Symptoms include the following:
Absence of menstrual pain
Vaginal bleeding or intermittent bleeding (spotting)
Dizziness or fainting (caused by blood loss)
Low blood pressure (cause by blood loss)
Lower back pain
Ectopic pregnancies can be difficult to determine because symptoms can mimic a normal pregnancy. This is why prenatal doctor visits are very important.