Chemical Pregnancies. Mama Risha Due June 5 (girl); 2 kids; Murfreesboro, 576 posts
Apr 26th '13

I'm curious to know info on chemical pregnancies. What usually causes them? Do you have to have a noticeable positive test and start AF for it to be considered chemical? Is this something your OB diagnose you with or can you chalk it up to being chemical because you start af after a bfp?


TTC#3Hoping for a girl! TTC since Apr 2013; 50 kids; Metairie, Louisiana 854 posts
Apr 26th '13

I think you would get a bfp and a few days later you would start bleeding.Not really sure how that works

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6871 posts
Apr 26th '13

With my chemical pregnancy, i felt pregnant, got 2 positive tests at different times, and then started bleeding heavier than a normal period a couple of days later. When i finished bleeding about a week later, I retested just to make sure it was negative and it was.

*4 boys and me* Due November 22; 2 kids; Las Vegas, Nevada 4769 posts
Apr 26th '13

i had 3 positive tests, 2 were very faint line tests, one was digital. i started bleeding the next day and took another test 4 days later, was neg

That girl Amber +2 2 kids; California 6981 posts
Apr 26th '13

A chemical is an early miscarriage where there are positive tests but its too early for an u/s.

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4721 posts
Apr 26th '13

I'm pretty sure I had one after my last daughter. I had positive pregnancy tests that were faint like my last daughter's tests were and definitely felt pregnant. Then, a week later I started bleeding and cramping and I took a test a few days after the bleeding stopped and it was negative. I think in general, it's just something you assume bc what I've read basically sounds like it's a very early pregnancy that didn't quite take. And what I read says that most chemical pregnancies don't even get diagnosed because it happens so suddenly after testing positive and most women just assume they got a false positive and started their period.

EDIT: I don't think there's an actual answer for what causes chemical pregnancies. It's kind of like miscarriages....usually it's because the egg didn't implant correctly or something is wrong with it. I don't think there's anything you can really do to stop it from happening. It's just your body taking care of a serious issue with the baby by aborting it.

user banned Due December 8 (boy); 16 kids; Massachusetts 6396 posts
Apr 27th '13

A chemical pregnancy is when the baby starts to implant, but stops and absorbs itself. I had a chemical in February. I got a positive test, my hcg levels were low and didn't double so my doctor informed me it was a chemical. 3 days later I got my period.