Chemical PregnancyIf you suffered a miscarriage just after learning that you were pregnant, you had what is known as a chemical pregnancy. The term refers to a miscarriage that occurs within a few weeks of conception and is detected through the level of the pregnancy hormone hCG.

It’s important to know that a chemical pregnancy isn’t anyone’s fault and you can’t intervene to stop it.

Chemical pregnancies account for up to 75 percent of miscarriages. Many women who have experienced a chemical pregnancy may never have known they’d conceived. Typically, the only signs are a late period or heavier bleeding.


It’s believed that chemical pregnancies occur because the fertilized egg had a chromosomal abnormality that was incompatible with life. Your body is able to recognize this and naturally terminates the pregnancy.

It’s important to remember that regardless of how long you were pregnant, this is a miscarriage. Emotions can vary; at this early stage, some women may feel little sadness while others will be devastated.

You should give yourself all the time you need to grieve for your loss. Your doctor can provide information on support groups or counseling services. These can be critical if you need emotional support after a miscarriage.

Experiencing a chemical pregnancy doesn’t mean your body is unable to have a healthy pregnancy. If you learn the reasons for an early pregnancy miscarriage, you may be able to receive treatment that can correct an underlying cause.

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