Chemical Pregnancy

A Chemical Pregnancy is a pregnancy that typically ends in the¬†first few weeks after an initially positive pregnancy test. A woman’s hCG levels rise enough to produce a positive test initially, but the pregnancy does not continue, and the levels fall soon after.

The clearest indication of Chemical Pregnancy is a positive result on a pregnancy test followed by a negative result, and research has actually shows that up to 25% of pregnancies result in a miscarriage before the woman has missed her period or had any pregnancy symptoms. Fortunately however, a Chemical Pregnancy does not usually need medical intervention or treatment from a doctor.

Signs and symptoms:

  • mild spotting a week before an expected period
  • mild abdominal cramping
  • vaginal bleeding close to the time of an expected period


  • chromosomal abnormalities preventing fetal development
  • advanced maternal age
  • insufficient hormone levels (especially of progesterone)
  • low BMI
  • uterine abnormalities (irregularities in the uterine lining prevents the embryo from implanting in the uterus)

With regards to how soon a woman can get pregnant after an early pregnancy loss, doctors have said that it is possible to ovulate and become pregnant as soon as 2 weeks after an early pregnancy loss. You may think that having been through a Chemical Pregnancy will make it harder to get pregnant again in the future, but it is actually the opposite. A chemical pregnancy means that an embryo reached the preimplantation phase of development. This is a positive sign that a woman could get pregnant in the future.

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