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?
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, HCHI, CHt is a wife and mother of 6 (2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 rabbits) and has been in the birthing field for 14 years. She taught the Bradley method of natural childbirth from 1989 to 1999, at present teaches Hypnobabies Hypnosis for Childbirth classes, Pregnancy Nutrition and Breastfeeding classes, and gives seminars in her community on natural pregnancy and childbirth options, and is a conference speaker. 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 students.
She is also a certified hypnotherapist, trains Hypnobabies Instructors, author of Hypnobabies: Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis. and is Operations Director of Hypnobabies Network in Southern California. Kerry feels that the time in our lives when we are the most vulnerable and in need of support is when we are soon going to give our babies life. The support, nurturing and help that doulas can provide is invaluable to a birthing couple as they take that journey. She looks forward to helping you all have the best possible birth experience you can. Please take a moment to visit Kerry's Website.