Ectopic pregnancy symptoms and prognosis
For the first few weeks, symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy may overlap with normal pregnancy symptoms such as the lack of menstruation and breast tenderness.
Over time, other signs may develop:
- vaginal bleeding
- cramps in the lower abdomen, sometimes on one side
- low back pain
- nausea and vomiting
Anyone who experiences these symptoms should contact a health care provider as soon as possible. If left untreated, an ectopic pregnancy can lead to symptoms like sharp, severe pain in the lower abdomen, dizziness, and fainting.
In the case of an ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous miscarriage is unlikely. If a miscarriage does happen, it is accompanied by bleeding and requires hospitalization.