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Ectopic pregnancy symptoms

Symptoms will usually develop after week 6. In some cases, this could be the same time you notice you have missed a period. You may not even be aware you are pregnant.

You may not experience any signs of an ectopic pregnancy.

Symptoms include:

  • pain in your tummy, especially low down and on one side
  • bleeding from your vagina
  • pain when passing urine (peeing) or a bowel motion (pooing)
  • upset tummy or diarrhoea
  • a missed period or some pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness or sore breasts
  • constant pain at the tip of your shoulder that doesn't go away when you rest or take painkillers

See your GP or contact your maternity hospital urgently if you have any of these symptoms, particularly bleeding from your vagina or pain in your tummy.

Shoulder pain can be a sign you have internal bleeding. Go to your GP or an emergency department immediately if you experience this

When to get emergency help

Go to the emergency department of your nearest maternity hospital or call 999 or 112 if you are pregnant or could be pregnant and experience:

  • severe, sudden or sharp pain in your tummy
  • collapsing, or feeling very dizzy or faint
  • feeling unwell or pale, cold and clammy
  • These symptoms could be a sign that you have internal bleeding or your fallopian tube has burst.

Page last reviewed: 18/09/2018
Next review due: 18/09/2021