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Chemical Pregnancy

Chemical pregnancy is a term for an early miscarriage. Many women have a chemical pregnancy and never realise. However with the growth of home pregnancy tests many women can get a positive test 3 or 4 days after their period has passed. These new ultra sensitive tests that have become available are great; however they do have their drawbacks.

Chemical pregnancies are unfortunately very common and experts recommend that around 50% to 60% of all first pregnancies end in a chemical pregnancy.  

Symptoms of a Chemical Pregnancy

The main symptom would be bleeding soon after a positive pregnancy test. A blood test will reveal if HCG levels are decreasing rather than increasing in a healthy pregnancy.

Some women will have symptoms similar to pregnancy symptoms, sensitive breasts, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness and tiredness.

What are the causes of a Chemical Pregnancy?

The cause is thought to the same as in most miscarriages - chromosomal abnormalities in the developing baby.

It is hard to determ the causes of chemical pregnancy due to being nearly impossible to retrieve samples for chromosomal testing.

What can you do to reduce the chances of a chemical pregnancy?

Most doctors believe there is little you can do to reduce the chances; it is just nature’s natural selection at work.

Will having a chemical pregnancy harm my chances of becoming pregnant in the future?

Having a chemical pregnancy should not affect your fertility, however if you think you have had several chemical pregnancies, then you should consult a doctor to investigate this matter.

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