A chemical pregnancy is a very early miscarriage that happens before the fifth week of pregnancy. Chemical pregnancies are common, accounting for 50 to 75 percent of all miscarriages. Many women don’t even realize they’ve had one because the bleeding and cramping can be so mild that it’s mistaken for a heavy period.
What causes chemical pregnancies?
There are many different factors that can contribute to a chemical pregnancy, but the most common cause is an abnormal embryo. In order for a pregnancy to continue developing, the embryo must be healthy and implant properly in the uterus. If there are any defects in the embryo, it will likely miscarry within the first few weeks of pregnancy.
How do I know if I’ve had a chemical pregnancy?
If you’ve had a chemical pregnancy, you may not even realize it. The bleeding and cramping can be so mild that it’s mistaken for a heavy period. In some cases, you may only find out after having a blood test or ultrasound that revealed an empty sac where the embryo should be.
If you think you may have had a chemical pregnancy, it’s important to speak with your doctor. They can help confirm the diagnosis and provide support and guidance during this difficult time.