Hey, everyone. I'm 27 and five weeks pregnant. I've been getting increasingly strong positives for a couple of weeks now. Anyway, I've been a pretty hardcore hypochondriac for a while, and pregnancy has definitely not cured that. Basically I made the mistake of learning about ectopic pregnancies, and now I can't get it out of my head.

For the past six days or so, I've had some gas-like pain just over my right hip bone and slightly to the side. It feels like pressure with occasional sharper twinges, often when I move or strain, and when I press or just sometimes on its own, I can feel gas bubbles. I've had pain very similar to this in the past. In fact, I had it in December, after a chemical pregnancy, and was ALSO freaking out because I thought it was an ectopic (it wasn't). I've also had it during times I knew I wasn't pregnant, but now that I have it during a confirmed pregnancy, I'm of course thinking the worst.

I thought maybe this pain was too high for ectopic pain, but I'm not sure that's true. I'm also having a little tender lower back pain on the opposite side of the abdominal pain. I haven't had any spotting or bleeding so far. I also know I'm not really at risk for ectopic pregnancy – I tested negative for chlamydia and gonorrhea in December, I don't smoke or douche, I've never had PID or surgery on my reproductive system. But this is really causing me stress and anxiety, and I know sometimes ectopic pregnancies occur without any risk factors.

Do you think it's worth it to see a doctor early, or am I freaking out over nothing? Thanks very much!

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8 Responses to Worries over Ectopic Pregnancy

  1. Nagzoa says:

    I would ask the community pregnant, sounds like round ligament pain but not certain as your only 5 weeks. I was cramping at the beginning of my pregnancy and now I’m 21 weeks pregnant.

  2. EohNet says:

    I was told that the pain from an ectopic pregnancy would most likely be felt as referred pain in the shoulder. If it feels like gas, it probably is. Bloating is pretty common in early pregnancy. If you have an obstetrician or midwife, you can certainly give them a call to see if they think it’s anything to worry about.

  3. HsiFire says:

    Sounds like gas mixed with round ligament pain– pretty much the two things I had that first tipped me off that I was pregnant.

    My midwife always told me that you should be more worried about ectopic if you’re having severe pain in your pelvis, and also pain in your left shoulder.

    It is totally normal to be stressed about these sorts of things, but try to breathe and relax– try to remember the likeliness is pretty low!

    But over all, if your gut instinct is telling you something is wrong it never hurts to see a doctor for ease of mind.

  4. Loaora says:

    It could just be gas/bloating. That is common in early pregnancy. The pain could also be your muscles/ligaments/uterus all stretching and loosening up to accommodate the baby growing inside of you. Try not to stress out too much. that’s not good for either of you.

    Also, Stay Off Google. It’s not a pregnant woman’s friend at all. If anything it makes us all more paranoid.

  5. Hteall says:

    I see nothing wrong with seeing a doctor at this time, if only for your mental well-being. Stress isn’t great for a pregnant person. But I do agree that if you’ve had this before, it’s not likely to be an ectopic symptom. Worst case, they can ultrasound you — it might have to be transvaginal, though.

    Good luck!

  6. KcoRu says:

    I had an ectopic last January and never felt anything. My doctor told me to watch for pain in my shoulder – but I never had any pain. If you really are worried, call the doctor and tell them you are afraid of an ectopic.

    When I got pregnant again in May I had all kinds of pain. I had an ultrasound at 5w4d just to make sure the baby was actually in my uterus. After that, I stopped being afraid of a repeat ectopic, but I thought I was miscarrying a few dozen times (starting the day I got a positive test) because I’d get sharp pains near my ovaries and just felt very crampy. I worried when I had the pains, then I’d worry when the pain would go away. I would sob to my husband, “I feel so crampy, I have sharp pains.. this can’t be normal! I’m going to lose the baby!” then “I’m not hurting because my uterus isn’t growing anymore because I’m going to lose the baby!” I’m sure hormones were partially responsible, but I was a paranoid mess and google didn’t help.

    It turns out that all the pains were completely normal, because I’m holding my almost 7week old boy right now!

  7. RetYes says:

    I don’t have too much to add except to reiterate that if you’re really concerned, you could see your doctor and request an u/s to check the location. Chances are you’ll be sent for one anyway just to be sure because it can be a really serious condition. Always better to be safe than sorry. Just in case you get sent for one soon (like before 7 or 8 weeks), keep in mind that it’s still really early and they may not be able to detect a heartbeat yet, so if they say they don’t see one, don’t freak out over that 😉 They should be able to see where the sac is though, to eliminate (or confirm) an ectopic.

    Congratulations and good luck! Pregnancy is amazing and wonderful, but it’s also nerve-wracking, especially if you’ve had losses in the past.

  8. Sdu007 says:

    The pain could definitely be from bloating or from your uterus stretching. It might also be from the corpus luteum, which can cause discomfort originating where your ovary is. I’m 7 weeks pregnant and I had twinges and mild cramps in this location a lot until about a week ago.

    You can get a scan to be sure, but at five weeks they may not be able to see anything without a high-res scan, which will probably just make you worry more.

    It doesn’t sound like you’re at any real risk for an ectopic. That said, there’s no reason not to call your doctor if it will put your mind at rest. If your pain becomes significant or you start bleeding, definitely call your doctor.

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