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Tubal Pregnancy

I just found out that I'm pregnant and I'm at risk for tubal pregnancy. Of course, I feel pain in my abdomen and I'm worried it's tubal. Has anyone had a tubal pregnancy or had pain and not had it be tubal? I'm just hoping that the pain and pressure I feel is just "normal" pregnancy issues...

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Hi, I guess this really does happen....I ve been told many stories about getting pregnant while having tubal and it worries me for the same reason you are worried. I hope this is just normal pregnancy pains and nothing serious. good luck and many blessings! Will this be number 5 for you?

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Hey J.,

I had a tubal to years ago and the pain from it was excrutiating!!! I woke up the morning I was supposed to confirm the pregnancy with my dr COVERED in blood so they rushed me to the hospital. I was put on bed rest for a week because there was no baby sac on the ultrasound, I went in for daily HCG blood tests to see if it was a miscarriage or a tubal and it was indeed a tubal. I couldnt not walk or breathe the pain was sooo bad! Finally at 8 weeks they finally did the surgery to remove the pregnancy and good thing cause they said my tube ws about to rupture! I hope this helps...I know what its like to feel like every little pain is something horrible! If the pain is mild and just a little cramping its probably normal, just try to stay off your feet as much as possible...I know its hard with 4 little ones!

If you get a tubal pregnancy, you won't go very long before the pain is excruciating. Tubal pregnancies never end. Your tubes are about as thick as a hair, and they don't have the rich vascular tissue or flexibility to contain a pregnancy. If it's tubal, you'll end up in the ER, no question about it. If you are more than 6 to 8 weeks,it's probably not tubal, but it's still good to check with the doctor to find out exactly where the embrio attached. And after having 4 kids (I assume they are yours) you must know what's normal and what's not. If you do feel pain, go to the doctor ASAP. If the tube bursts, it could be life threatening.

if you have insurance, there's absolutely no reason your doctgor can't order an ultrasound for you or do one in the office to confirm that everything is fine.
if anything is bothering you -even if you just have a panicky day and need to hear a heartbeat - CALL YOUR OB/GYN and ask for their help -that's what they're there for.
at 37 and having had previous pregnancy problems before, i also just had a baby - during her pregnancy, i went in about 3 times over the first 12 weeks just because i had a bad feeling or becuase something wasn't right - she's fat and sassy now and fine as wine.
CALL - GO IN - that's what they're there for.
don't go on worrying - there's not need to.


If you are at risk (though I don't know what would specifically put you at risk) and you are feeling pain and pressure GET IT CHECKED. Call your ObGyn and tell them you have pain and pressure. IF it is tubal and ruptures your tube it puts your life in extreme danger...your other 4 kids NEED YOU. I'm not a "doctor person". I don't go unless i absolutely have to (haven't been since 3 months after my hysterectomy 3 years ago). BUT I STRONGLY RECOMMEND CALLING AND GETTING EXAMINED.

Praying the baby moves down into the uterus if he's not there already.

Hello J..
I did have a tubal pregnancy last summer. I on the other hand had no clue I was pregnant but was bleeding for 10 days and I bit nervous to see a doctor. My husband finally convinced me to take a test one night and after calling my gyno I was advised to go directly to the E.R. All this because I had an IUD which caused the tubal pregnancy. I had extremely sharp pains all across my one side. But these only lasted for the first two days around the time the bleeding began. This pain felt absolutely nothing like the normal cramping or pain I felt with my first 3 pregancies. If you're not bleeding at all, I wouldn't be worried. I am curious though as to why they say you're at risk? Feel free to contact me at ____@____.com. I will keep you in my prayers.

I found out I was pregnant in March, but I hadn't had my period in almost 2 years because I was still nursing my 12 month old. So, they had no idea how far I was. The ultrasound showed nothing, but my HCG levels were really high. So, they were certain that the pregnancy was ectopic. In one week, I had 3 ultrasounds and 4 blood tests. The ultrasounds still didn't show a baby, but my HCG levels continued to rise. They also tested my progesterone, and it was slightly abnormal. I had a little bit on blood and pain on one side too. I chose to wait another week before doing anything. And we had one final ultrasound...and there was a baby with a heartbeat! It turned out that I had just found out that I was pregnant really early (3 weeks). Everything is good now. I highly suggest getting an ultrasound and having your hormone levels tested.

J., I had an ectopic pregnancy and i kept denying the symptoms that I was experiencing. It wasn't until I was so sick that I could barely walk that I went to the ER. It had ruptured and that is extremely dangerous. You can bleed internally and you do not want to take that risk. Go to the ER and should your insurance not cover everything, you can look in to the other payment options. The most important thing is your health and this is nothing to mess around with. I hope all goes well for you!

Hi, I guess this really does happen....I ve been told many stories about getting pregnant while having tubal and it worries me for the same reason you are worried. I hope this is just normal pregnancy pains and nothing serious. good luck and many blessings! Will this be number 5 for you?

Hi J.

I have had a tubal pregnancy and they are not fun. I didn't know I was pregnant but I can tell you what to look for. I felt a pain in my shoulder blad as well and was constipated with a pain in my bum. It was strange, so if you get that go in immediatly. Mine ruptured and was painful. If they catch it in time you can avoid loosing a tube or surgery, if it is a tubal there is no way of keeping the baby. I hope it is not! they can tell if they keep checking your blood or by doing a vaginal ultrasound. Good luck I hope all goes well for you! I will say a little prayer for you!

In the beginning of my second pregnancy, I too had pain and pressure. I didn't have any idea what it was. I went for an exam, and sure enough I was pregnant and the doctor, through the exam, said he could feel that the pregnancy was tubal. He wasted no time and had me rushed to the hospital (it was a late evening appointment) as a tubal pregnancy can be dangerous. The tube can rupture. Early the next morning, another doctor examined me and confirmed it was ectopic (a tubal pregnancy). They rushed me into surgery.

Lo and behold, it was in fact a cyst that I had on my ovary that was lying on my tube, making it feel that the tube was bulging. I was indeed pregnant, and they simply drained the cyst, and left everything in tact. However, they did not give my pregnancy a very good chance of succeeding as they had gone in there and fiddled around with nature. I did however carry my baby to full term.

Now, granted, this was many decades ago. A tubal pregnancy is nothing to fool around with. These days they have ultrasounds. I'm sure they can scan you to see exactly what is going on. I tubal pregnancy is not something you wait around and see about. You need to insist on finding out what one way or another what exactly is going on. Perhaps by now you already have. Hope all goes well with you.

J., big hugs...I did have abdomen pain early on in one of my three pregnancys (that was not present in the other two), later my doctor just said that sometimes the more children we have, our body adjust differently. Just some thought.
Hope you don't mind me asking, what are your childrens ages that you homeschool? I have two in school next year....just wondering how you do multiple children.

My first pregnancy the doctor had thought it was going to be a tubal but he had suggested that I not lift anything and to take it easy for 2 weeks no sex and he would recheck me in a few weeks. So I did what he told me & now our daughter is 10 years old.

As for the pain it would come & go but it was extremly painful. It feels like really bad cramp. I would just cry becuse it hurt so much. The only thing my husband could do is just hold me but in time it got a lot better. It didn't help that I had morning sickness too. Good luck & I hope everything goes okay. Take care:)

I know exactly how you feel! My first pregnancy was a misdiagnosed tubal pregnancy! I was almost 3 mos pregnant before another Dr. caught it. I was rushed into emergency surgery and thank God the tube was spared! Since that surgery I had a miscarriage (but I didn't have the pain). After that I had a wonderful pregnancy and now have a wonderful son who will be 3yrs. in a couple of days! I'm now 4 weeks away from having my second son! When I got pregnant with this one I was sure it was another tubal. Right away my Dr. sent me in for the HCG blood test. They watched my levels for a few days to make sure they were going up the right way and they did a few early ultrasounds! I had a lot of pain on the side where I had the tubal and I was sure that the first ultrasound was going to show it was tubal and it wasn't! They did find a cyst on that side. I can't remember what they called it, but they said it was normal and that it was there to support the pregnancy and that they normally go away after the first trimester! I think they said it was actually formed from where the egg was expelled. But the pain I had felt a lot like the pain I had with the tubal. I went in several weeks later for a repeat ultrasound and it was shrinking and the baby looked great! Call your Dr. right away, explain that you've had a tubal before, that you're having the same pain when that happened, and ask for an HCG blood test and an ultrasound. My Dr. told me that everytime I get pregnant that I have to have that done right away because I'm always going to have a higher risk of having it happen again. I've also been told the pain could come from scar tissue from the surgery! I'll be praying for you that it's all normal pregnancy pains and that all goes well!

A little about me: I'm a 31yr old SAHM. I have a son who is almost 3yrs old and is the absolute light of my life. I have another son due in about 4 weeks. I've been married to my wonderful husband for almost 6 yrs.

Hi J.. I too was as a risk. I was having severe pain and all the tests came back positive for pregnancy but when they did the ultrasound there was no baby. They were concerned that I was having a tubal so they did many more tests and I have 4 more ultra sounds cause I was having severe pain in my abdomen. If the 4th one did not show a baby then they did not know what to do. But on the 3rd one they found out that I had a Cyst on my ovalry. But they did not understand why I was positive for a baby. They did a repeat ultasound the following day and there was baby. They thought it was a tubal when it was the cyst. Have they done an ultrasound yet? If not I would request one cause it could be something as small as a cyst that is causing your pain. I wish you the best of luck with this all and I hope this helps.


With both my children i got severe pain in my lower abdomen/pelvic region. With my daughter I was freaking out thinking it was a tubal but it was just my muscle & joints streaking to make room for the baby. It was how i knew i was pregnant with my son to. My mom was living with us & do to my pain thought something was seriously wrong with me. I would still go to my doctor & get check to be sure. Just a little comfort that not all abdominal pain means it is tubal.

Hi J.,
I have had a tubal pregancy and found out when I was 6 weeks along, that was almost two years ago. I had intense lower back pain and had heavy bleeding and cramping. I was not able to carry the pregancy. If you are at risk for a tubal pregancy, I would think that your doctor would have you go in for an internal ultrasound. I am 11 weeks pregant and at 4 weeks I went in for the internal ultrasound to make sure everything was were it should be and it is. I would definetely insist upon an ultrasound if you have concerns. With this pregancy I have so far had a lot of side aches, like a runners stitch, and have called and seen the doctors and it was just my stretching, I can't remember what they called it but it was something normal a second pregancy. Best wishes.

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