Know the Signs of a Chemical Pregnancy

Getting your period soon after you’ve confirmed you’re pregnant can be scary and confusing, and might signal a chemical pregnancy. It is more common than most people know. Most women who have chemical pregnancies don’t realize they have even conceived in the first place.

The good news is, having one chemical pregnancy does not mean that there is anything wrong with your system or that you cannot conceive. A chemical pregnancy, in a nutshell, is when an egg has been fertilized and is not able to implant fully in the uterus. 

One of the common signs is experiencing a late period, and the only way you can tell is it’s an actual chemical pregnancy is if you happened to take a pregnancy test. Here are some of the signs to look out for a chemical pregnancy.

Know the Signs of a Chemical Pregnancy
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What Exactly is a Chemical Pregnancy?

A Chemical pregnancy is a kind of miscarriage that happens immediately after incorrect implantation of the egg. One definite way to confirm that you have a Chemical pregnancy is if your doctor tests your blood for it.

Causes of Chemical Pregnancies

Unfortunately, the exact cause of Chemical pregnancies is unknown although most of the time it has been linked to issues with the embryo, possibly brought about by a low quality of egg or sperm. Other causes might include uterine abnormalities, abnormal hormone levels, implantation that occurs outside the uterus, or even infections such as syphilis or chlamydia.

As you grow older than 35 years of age, it also increases the risks of having a Chemical pregnancy coupled with other medical issues, including thyroid disorders and blood clotting. Unfortunately, there is no way one can avoid a chemical pregnancy.

Signs of a Chemical Pregnancy

Many women don’t realize they have had a Chemical pregnancy, and actually, some women get early miscarriages without noticing that they were pregnant in the first place. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that indicate that you had one. 

Also, note that these symptoms vary from women to women, and some might not even show any signs at all. 

Bleeding is the number one indication that you might be having a chemical pregnancy. And when this happens, you will get cramping like vaginal bleeding a few days after testing positive for pregnancy. 

Also, note that bleeding even after testing positive does not always mean you have a chemical pregnancy. This also happens during implantation as when the embryo attaches to the uterus. Therefore, watch out for brownish or pinkish discharge that occurs 10 to 14 days after you have conceived.

Some women might get a positive pregnancy test, and upon a retest it is negative within a short period of time. 

You might also have  mild spotting before your periods due to or even low HCG levels after your doctor has done some blood tests.

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When to Visit a Doctor

Like we mentioned above, there is no specific treatment for it; however, there are options that can help you conceive. If you have been experiencing this kind of miscarriage, then talk to your doctor to find the proper cause hence reducing the risk of having to undergo another again. 

Bottom Line

Having a Chemical pregnancy should not scare you from thinking that you cannot have a healthy pregnancy. If you have had a series of them, talk to your doctor, and get the proper treatment to correct any underlying cause. 

Your doctor can also discuss different options available, counseling services, or support groups to join. These will especially come in handy if you need any emotional support after going through this period.