Symptoms of a Chemical Pregnancy

For some women, a chemical pregnancy causes no external signs of pregnancy. The only real sign of a chemical pregnancy is rising hCG levels.

For this reason, many women don’t even recognize that they may be experiencing a chemical pregnancy or miscarriage.

Women who have experienced a pregnancy before, may recognise typical pregnancy symptoms including:

  • breast tenderness
  • morning sickness and nausea
  • fatigue

These physical symptoms disappear by the sixth week of pregnancy and your period begins.

Your period may include the following symptoms:

  • small clots in the blood
  • increased amounts of blood
  • more severe cramping  

Diagnosis of a Chemical Pregnancy

Chemical pregnancies are primarily diagnosed through pregnancy blood tests. Throughout pregnancy, your health care provider will monitor your hCG levels to ensure that your pregnancy is moving along smoothly.

If your health care provider notices a sudden lowering in your hCG levels, this may signal a miscarriage. 

In order to diagnose a chemical pregnancy, you will be given a few hCG tests. After completion of a number of hCG tests, you will likely be receive an ultrasound.

This ultrasound will be able to pick up any signs of life in the uterus. With a chemical pregnancy, no implantation of an embryo will be seen and no heartbeat will be heard.

Treating Chemical Pregnancy

Because the vast majority of chemical pregnancies go unnoticed, there are relatively few people who undergo treatment for the condition. Instead, most of these women go on to experience healthy, full-term babies in the future.

If you know that you are experiencing a chemical pregnancy it is a good idea to visit with your local heath care provider. It is important that your health care provider keeps an eye on your hCG levels.

If you your hCG levels do not continue to decline, it is possible that a miscarriage will not take place, leading to possible health complications. For this reason, frequent monitoring by your health care provider will be necessary for a few months after a chemical pregnancy.

Women who are found to have specific causes for their chemical pregnancies may receive certain treatments in order to increase the chances of pregnancy.

Common treatments include:

  • fibroid surgery
  • hormones
  • baby aspirin

What About the Future?

The vast majority of women who experience a chemical pregnancy go on to have happy and healthy pregnancies in the future..

In fact, the chances of experiencing multiple chemical pregnancies are quite slim. However, if you have suffered from two or more chemical pregnancies, it could be a sign of an underlying reproductive problem, so be sure to consult with your health care provider or reproductive specialist.


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