When you are pregnant, a lot of problems trouble you and lead to unwanted complications. Whilst some are not that serious, others would be serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor.
Bleeding is a very common symptom of pregnancy. While most types of bleeding and spotting are externally visible and can be treated and diagnosed without much concern, internal bleeding during pregnancy could be a tricky issue and can lead to serious complications if left undiagnosed.
Signs Of Internal Bleeding During Pregnancy
In a pregnant woman, internal bleeding is most often caused due to an ectopic pregnancy. If the ectopic pregnancy causes internal bleeding, there would be accompanying symptoms like vaginal bleeding that can be very severe or spotting based on the stage of ectopic pregnancy you are dealing with. There would also be abdominal cramping, nausea, and dizziness along with the pain and bleeding.
Ruptured Fallopian Tubes
Undetected ectopic pregnancies that grow inside the fallopian tubes can cause the tube to rupture due to the growth of the mass inside. Ruptured ovaries or fallopian tubes can lead to severe internal bleeding and most often women will have severe abdominal cramping, pain in the neck and shoulders, nausea, dizziness etc. Ruptured fallopian tubes require immediate medical attention as it can lead to shock and death of the patient.
In most cases of internal bleeding, the pain may not be concentrated only in the area of rupture. When internal bleeding occurs in the abdominal area, patient normally feels pain in the abdomen which increases when you press on the area.
Severe internal bleeding will have pain elsewhere which is very odd and misdiagnosed. Ectopic pregnancies that are ruptured and other abdominal bleeding most often causes referred pain which is felt in the shoulders, neck or jaw area.
Lower Back Pain
Pregnant women with internal bleeding will also feel pain in the lower back area along with other symptoms like vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramps and nausea. The pain can be sharp or dull depending on the severity of the condition.
Abdominal pain can increase with touch and the abdominal area can be stiff and hard. The pain can be concentrated only on one part of the lower abdomen if it is an ectopic pregnancy and in some cases, the pain can be in the entire abdomen as well.
Low Blood Pressure
Low blood pressure is a vital sign of internal bleeding. This happens due to the profuse internal bleeding inside the body. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness and fainting and must be taken very seriously when a woman is pregnant.
High Pulse Rate
Internal bleeding can also cause high pulse rate which can be checked even without the use of any medical equipments. Pulse rate can be checked by holding the wrist or the neck of the person who is experiencing the symptoms.
Internal bleeding is a very serious condition during pregnancy and hence immediate medical attention is called for to save the life of the patient due to severe blood loss.