I was brushing up and revising all the methods of conception when I found out about Chemical Pregnancy. I am sure that this is a relatively an alien concept of conception that you might not have heard of. Therefore, today I am going to talk about Chemical Pregnancy.
So let’s do this!
What is Chemical Pregnancy?
Many women who might have had a chemical pregnancy wouldn’t have even realised about their conception since the only sign of such a pregnancy is a late period. The cool thing about this is that going through this by no means reflects that there’s something wrong with you or that you won’t be able to conceive. In fact, there's something good in store for you.
What happens during a chemical pregnancy?
About three weeks after your last menstrual period, a fertilized egg implants in the uterus, and cells that would become the placenta begin to produce levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG that are high enough to detect on a blood or urine test. However, for some reason implantation never fully happens — and an ultrasound won't detect a gestational sac or placenta developing — resulting in bleeding around a week after your regular period was due. If you experience any heavy bleeding after being tested positive for pregnancy, call your doctors right away (it’s nothing scary, you might just be having a chemical pregnancy).
What causes a chemical pregnancy?
At the time of conception, an egg and a sperm combine chromosomes (23 from each partner) to form a zygote, which begins to grow through rapid cell division. During that process, occasionally a mistake happens, producing too many chromosomes or not enough. These chromosomal abnormalities — which occur randomly and can happen to anyone — are believed to be behind most early pregnancy losses. But they for sure do not mean you won’t be able to conceive. However, several risk factors can put you at a higher risk of chemical pregnancies.
Medically, a chemical pregnancy is more like a cycle in which a pregnancy never occurred than a true miscarriage. Emotionally, it can be a very different story. It’s natural to feel upset no matter how early a pregnancy loss occurs — and it’s important to let yourself grieve if you need to. It’s also important to know that a chemical pregnancy is not your fault. Since most miscarriages are caused by chromosomal accidents, there’s nothing you can do to prevent them.
Also, know this - just because you had an early miscarriage doesn’t mean that you’ll have another. Be strong and positive and that all I would ask of you.