Fertility, Miscarriage & IVF Support by MamaBe
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What is a chemical pregnancy??

Hi, I just want to ask what a chemical pregnancy is ,?i had a positive test and am currently 5 weeks pregnant and have a 6 week scan nxt week.

But, now I'm a bit concerned as I've heard conflicting things re chemical pregnancies.

Do you bleed with chemical pregnancies ?

Has anyone ever had positive pregnancy test result but when scanned told it's a chemical pregnancy?? Can this happen ??

Thank you , just so much conflicting stuff on Internet.


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A chemical pregnancy is a very early miscarriage, which takes place before anything can be seen on an scan – usually around the fifth week that you are pregnant. It means that a sperm has fertilised your egg, but later on, the egg fails to survive.

I copied it off a site I was looking on as couldn't explain in my own words lol X

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So does that mean that even if your pregnancy test says positive the scan at 6 weeks could say otherwise !??


Hi miamia, if you get to scan stage and they cannot see heartbeat, then this is classed as a missed miscarriage as you do not bleed and your body still thinks your pregnant, however as button says a chemical pregnancy is in the very early weeks of which people normally think of as a late period if they are not testing everymonth you would never know. Please don't worry yourself, everything will be fine xx


Aim aim usually with a chemical it turns into your period. If you go to a scan and there's there's nothing there or no heartbeat /stopped development/empty sac etc that's a missed miscarriage. -I'm sure you will be fine at your scan 😊Try not to go into overdrive looking at the negatives, when there probably are non xxxx

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Generally I think they refer to a chemical pregnancy as when the home pregnancy test reacts to the hcg from your trigger shot. This only happens on a fresh cycle, not on an fet xx


Very helpful information. Thanks x


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