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Chemical Pregnancy ?

Postby tshepher » Wed Sep 11, 2002 12:17 pm

Sorry to be dim, but reading through the postings, a number of you mention Chemical Pregancies - what are they ?<br>Thanks.
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Chemical Pregnancy ?

Postby Charmaine » Wed Sep 11, 2002 12:54 pm

Searched the net and found this - slightly different with us as we know that we are sort of pregnant from the day the eggs are transfered back, - but it all depends on whether they implant. This is for everyone else :)<br><br>A chemical pregnancy is another word for a very early miscarriage or spontaneous abortion. It's a pregnancy that has been confirmed by a pregnancy test (either blood or urine), but there are no other significant clinical signs of the pregnancy and there is nothing seen on ultrasound. The urine pregnancy test is often "faintly" positive or blood hCg levels are very low and don't increase appropriately. It is believed that fertilization occurs, but that the egg has died shortly after implantation. <br>Using beta-hCg blood testing, a woman can test positive for pregnancy as early as 1-2 days before a menstrual period is missed, usually 11 or 12 days after conception. Although the blood test can detect a very low hCg level that indicates pregnancy a few days before a period, two to three days later, a period may start. Without the test, most women would never have known they were briefly pregnant.<br>A chemical pregnancy happens much more frequently than most people expect, probably up to 30-40% of all pregnancies end up in a chemical pregnancy, and without testing most women will not find out about it.<br>If the pregnancy develops several more weeks into a sac but without an embryo, that's called a 'blighted ovum'. <br><br><br><br>[Edited by Charmaine on 11-Sep-02 13:56]
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