What is a Chemical Pregnancy?

QUESTION

Dear Doula,
My doctor told me I had a chemical pregnancy. I wasn't sure what that meant and can it happen again? Is there a way to prevent it?

ANSWER

Hi, I'm so sorry for your loss. "A chemical pregnancy is the clinical term for a pregnancy that is confirmed by a pregnancy test, but not by clinical signs, and is lost before clinical signs can be observed through means such as an ultrasound. The pregnancy test is often 'faintly' positive or blood hCg levels are low. It is believed that fertilization occurs, but that the egg never implants."

There is nothing really that you can do to prevent this, since it is a random event. Becoming very healthy and low-risk can help your body stay strong however, so eating a well balanced, junk food-free diet and taking folic acid supplements may help. Click here learn more about chemical pregnancy.

Wishing you a wonderful next pregnancy!

-- Kerry, HCHI, CHt

Kerry Tuschhoff

Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI has been in the birthing field since 1989. She taught the Bradley method of natural childbirth from 1989 to 1999 and then created the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis course. She has attended over 250 births as a Doula and Hypno-Doula, and feels it is an honor to be asked to share such a wonderfully spiritual experience with her childbirth students.

She is also a certified hypnotherapist, trains Hypnobabies Instructors, author of Hypnobabies: Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis, a conference speaker and is Founder/Director of Hypnobabies LLC in Southern California. Kerry feels that women can enjoy their own way to give birth with excellent education, support and loving encouragement. She looks forward to helping you all have the best possible birth experience you can. Please take a moment to visit Kerry's Website.