Question About Chemical Pregnancies

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stefkay - March 14

Hi all! I just had a thought after reading a post that got me thinking and now I'm confused...lol :-) I've always thought and could have sworn that I read chemical pregnancies occur when an egg is fertilized but doesn't implant. BUT, everyone that has had a chemical (myself included) only knew because they got a positive hpt, which was usually followed by a negative hpt in a few days. Another BUT...I didn't think hcg starts to produce until the egg implants into the uterus. So how would a chemical pregnancy show on a pregnancy test if it didn't implant. Know what i mean??? Anyone know?

 

sososleepy - March 14

I've thought about that too Stef. 2 things come to mind: 1 - it began to implant, released hCG into the maternal blood, and then failed rapidly. 2 - the blastocyst is all ready making hCG before it implants, so if it fails before implantation there could be enough that.. heck no, I'm sticking with option 1. I can't believe that there is enough hCG stored in that tiny ma__s of cells to pop a positive on an hpt. Who has the next doc appt? Please ask.

 

stefkay - March 14

I won't have another unless I get pg again :-( I posted a question on the clean slate to you regarding this O thing (ok, I swear I'll stop obsessing after this!!!!)

 

tiffany79 - March 14

Okay.. so i have read (and have done much research on this!) that your body produces HCG as soon as the egg is fertilized. Your body continues to produce HCG, however the egg fails to implant and your levels will slowly decrease. You get and BFP on the HPT cause they are so sensitive.. some people get a neg after your AF was due, then AF shows up. In my case tho it was basically 2wks late.. my HCG was 44 the day i started to bleed, and the u/s showed empty utures.. only 2hrs after i started to bleed (wasnt heavy bleeding either, but not spotting). So if it was an blighten ovum, wouldnt it of shown an empty sac?? Your opinion PLEASE!! Anyway, i got this from a very informative website: "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: b___st 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"" I had really sore b___bs, until the day i m/c. so this description fits me perfect. Heck.. it is confusing!! This was also from another website "A chemical pregnancy is an early miscarriage that occurs at around the time the menstrual cycle is due. This happens when a fertilized egg starts to implant signaling the body that a pregnancy has occured -then the implantation does not complete. There are several reasons why these occur and almost every woman will experience one or many in her fertile lifetime." So, to me..it saying your body immediatly produces HCG when the egg is fertalized... what do you think?!

 

tiffany79 - March 14

okay, so i just did a little more reseach on the blighted ovum, and it can show an empty womb on a u/s (i thought it would always show a empty sac).. so maybe thats what i did have?? It said " high level of chromosome abnormalities usually causes a woman’s body to naturally miscarry. " My question is tho, would it be a blight. ovum if my HCG was 44 the day i started to bleed??? im so confused, i just want answers!! LOL! I did have a BFP 3 days after my AF was due... so maybe it wasnt a chem preg?? sorry for all the writings.. im just looking for answers and opinions!!! Good question Stephkay.. you really have me thinking now. :-)

 

pba74 - March 14

Hi girls...it was explained to me the same way Tiffany79 says. My doctor said that there is a problem with cell division as well. STEFKAY you are quite the thinker today, but glad to have something to ponder. SOSOSLEEPY - I wish I had a doc appt soon or some happy news from someone including myself

 

sososleepy - March 14

Hey Stef, I just went over and tried to answer the other question. There's a thread going on ewcm here too: Problems getting pregnant? | is cervical egg-white mucus necessary to conceive? that might get some interesting posts (I hope). Nope, not buying the stop obsessing for you any more than I believe I will. I thought I would, but it' s gotten worse, not better lol. Tiffany, I think it's the cells from the embryo that make the hCG at the site where it implants, (the ones that become the placenta later) so really, whatever they call it, a mc is a mc to me and 'chemical pg' isn't in my vocabulary as I think it means a sperm and egg got together, gave it their best shot, and didn't make it. It's still a loss, it rots, and it hurts like hell in our hearts. It's not an answer for you, it's just my opinion. Hugs, and keep ttc with us.

 

tiffany79 - March 14

sososleepy.. yah i read some other websites, where it said the placent releases the HCG, and that forms after implantation.. so it is all confusing! I agree... whatever you want to call it, its a m/c. Im just one of those people that like to know EXACTLY what happened..and WHY!! Thats why i research and read everything.. probably to much!!

 

HeavenisMine - March 14

I actually asked myself that when I started having doubts about my pregnancy, since I just went through miscarriage. I thought well if it has implanted no chance for chemical eh? Then I thought about the chemical one I had and said. Nevermind. This info has been useful!

 

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