What is Chemical Pregnancy?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 02, 2012

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What is Chemical Pregnancy

Chemical pregnancy is a very early miscarriage which takes place before the fifth or sixth week after your last menstrual cycle. The miscarriage occurs at the time when you only have confirmed your pregnancy by hCG blood test or a home pregnancy test. It occurs even before you decide to go for an ultrasound or in the ultrasound it could have shown a gestational sac.


In many cases, chemical pregnancies happen so early that they are mistaken as normal menstrual cycle that is a few days late. Bleeding due to chemical pregnancy can be lesser than your usual menstrual bleeding and it might cause more cramps than usual. Generally, chemical pregnancies have little effect on women’s health


Causes of Chemical Pregnancy:

Chemical pregnancy or early miscarriage can occur due to chromosomal problems in the foetus, low hormonal levels, secretory phase defect, infections or improper uterine lining. The fertilised egg does not implant in the uterus therefore, resulting in an early miscarriage.


Symptoms of Chemical Pregnancy:

For those who are trying to conceive, a chemical pregnancy can be devastating and agitating. The common symptom of chemical pregnancy is the initiation of vaginal bleeding soon after the confirmation of pregnancy. Your decreasing hCG levels in the blood tests are another sign.


Rate of Occurrence:

Some researchers believed that almost 60-70% of the conceptions last in miscarriages. A miscarriage is a miscarriage but the only difference in the women suffering from chemical pregnancy is that they do not even realise they were pregnant. They only assume that their menstrual cycle for that particular month is late by few days. Therefore, chemical pregnancy is also termed as ‘fake’ pregnancy.


Next pregnancy:

Chemical pregnancies hardly affect your ability to conceive in future. Many women who have chemical pregnancy undertake healthy pregnancies afterwards. If you are having frequent chemical pregnancies, you immediately need to consult a doctor. Doctors usually prescribe vitamin B6, progesterone cream or baby aspirin to lower the risk of chemical pregnancies. They usually also advise a considerable gap for next pregnancy if the patient has experienced an early miscarriage.


Check on HCG levels:

HCG levels are abundant in pregnant women and after the abruptly interrupted pregnancy, it is important to keep a check on hCG levels until they become normal. Normal hCG levels ensure that your body is recovering which is an encouraging sign!

To prevent a chemical pregnancy you need to know its various causes and symptoms. If you are planning another pregnancy after experiencing an early miscarriage, you must consult a doctor and keep a check on your hCG levels.


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