What You Need To Know Today About a Chemical Pregnancy

by | September 15, 2018

There is a lot of talk about when you have a chemical pregnancy, but few understand what that really means. Is it only early on, or can it happen after the line turns positive? With advantaged technology in early detection of pregnancies, more and more women are realizing their families could have been a lot larger. 

A Chemical Pregnancy an Early Miscarriage

miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After that, it’s known as a stillbirth.

“‘Chemical pregnancy’ is just the name of a very early miscarriage,” Maura Quinlan, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, tells SELF. How early? Well, it’s hard to say.

Doctors Don’t Call it a ‘Chemical Pregnancy’ 

The term chemical pregnancy is very much kept to the mom circles. Those in the medical profession refer to it as early pregnancy loss, and for good reason. It is an early pregnancy loss, and should be counted when having difficulty to conceive, as it may indicate a larger problem at play. 

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Doctor Believe  It’s Due To Chromosomal Abnormalities 


The most common assumption is that they are due to chromosomal problems in the developing fetus, according to the pregnancy store. This can result from poor sperm or egg quality, genetic abnormalities from either mother or father, or abnormal cell division of the fetus. Some women may experience some symptoms of a chemical pregnancy – spotting, their period may be a few days late, or even cramping – however, most women don’t ‘feel’ different and wouldn’t know they had a chemical pregnancy unless they had taken a pregnancy test.

You Should Seek Medical Advice Regardless 

Even you suspect a chemical pregnancy, you should seek out medical advice, your doctor will want to check for any residual tissue, and check that you did suffer from early pregnancy loss. 

Emotionally, you may suffer from the loss of the pregnancy, and is a natural and perfectly normal feeling to experience. Seeking out counselling from a qualified professional will help you through this time. 

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Emma Williams

Associate Editor, USA | Contactable via emma@raisevegan.com

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