Post # 1
I’m looking for a little information and reassurance about ttc after a chemical pregnancy. I have read that chemical pregnancies are very common and that most of the time you are unaware of them unless you are testing very early. I tested at 12 and 13 dpo and got positives. When my period was a day late, I got a negative and my period came in full force the following day. Emotionally I am doing ok, but can’t shake the feeling that there is something about me that prevented that pregnancy from sticking. I definitely don’t think I will be testing early in the future.
So, if you’ve experienced a chemical pregnancy, did you get pregnant again soon after? Is your pregnancy going well? Did anyone find out there was something they needed to do (supplements, etc) to prevent it from happening again? Any experiences are welcome.
Post # 3
Sorry, I don’t have any info for you. Just wanted to say I’m sorry for your loss and hope next time you have a sticky baby!
Post # 4
I don’t have too much info either- I just that I know that people say you are much more fertile and likely to have a healthy baby after a misacarriage, so I would think the same would apply after a chemical since it is a very very early misacarriage. Most miscarriages are due to a chromosomal abnormailty in the developing baby. So I would say be happy that you are more likely to have a healthy preganancy next time you get a BFP and be grateful (easier said than done) that your body didn’t try to carry to term a baby that might not have survived to term or lived a very difficult life if it had been born with birth defects. Hugs to you and lots of sticky baby dust for your next cycle!
Post # 5
@SeaTurtle88: thanks to you both for your support. I appreciate it.
Post # 6
@yougotme: I m pretty sure I just had a chemical pregnancy just now so I can’t offer any advice but know that u r not alone. That’s excellent u r doing ok
Post # 7
I can’t promise how true this is, but I remember reading somewhere that our bodies sometimes have to learn how to do pregnancy, so lots of women have a chemical before their sticky baby, making the next one more likely to stick. Again, not really sure if it’s true, but I found it reassuring when I had a chemical. I then got my sticky pregnancy a few months later. Also, you can focus on the silver lining that there are lots of things going right and you can get sperm to meet egg!!
All the very best xx
Post # 8
@bride202: I’m sorry that you are going through this. I know it’s so disappointing. I hope you are doing okay.
@hamikay: thank you. whether its true or not, it is reassuring. And also reassuring to know that you got pregnant a few months later. Congrats!
Post # 9
I got pregnant the cycle after my chemical 🙂
Post # 11
I had a chemical this month too. I started getting BFPs at 9 DPO and had a positive blood test at 14 DPO, then my period showed up two days later. I was really sad for a couple days, but now I’m feeling okay. I am thankful that I wasn’t farther along and trusting that my body knew what it was doing.
Sort of interesting story…my brother has autism. He was a twin, but my mom miscarried the other baby fairly early on. I always sort of wondered what s/he would have been like. Our theory is that, while my brother had some developmental abnormalities that eventually turned into autism, the twin had severe developmental problems that probably would have been extremely difficult on our family if s/he had survived. As hard as it is to believe sometimes, I do think there’s some truth to the saying “Everything happens for a reason.”
Post # 12
I have never had a chemical pregnancy myself but I just wanted to say I am so sorry you had to go through that! Also, my best friend had a chemical pregnancy and, like many others have said, she got pregnant with a healthy beautiful baby her next cycle. Fingers crossed that you have a similar experience!
Post # 13
@yougotme: Sorry you had to go through that. 🙁
I had a chemical pregnancy/loss in November and my doctor immediately put me on pregesterone suppositories when I got pregnant again in January. (the chemical was my second loss)
I am now 35 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby boy due in a few weeks!
Good luck to you
Post # 14
thanks for sharing your experiences everyone!
@Sunshine09: if you dont mind me asking, how did you know that you needed more progesterone? And whdid to you find out? and congrats!
Post # 15
What exactly is a chemical pregnancy? After reading your post I’m wondering if that’s what I had last month…
That really stinks :(, Im sorry that you had to go through that. Hopefully this next cycle will be your month!
Post # 16
@yougotme: you can get your progesterone tested at 7dpo. Most doctors don’t seem to go to progesterone supplements until a couple of losses (and as you can see there are a few women here who just needed to have another go at it for success!). I *think* having a chemical can be enough to boost progesterone next time around too (again, this is from something I read ages ago, so no promises about scientific proof here!)
The problem with testing early is that something like 50% of pregnancies won’t make it (this stat jumps up once you’ve missed your period), so chemical pregnancies are VERY common and very normal. personally, unless you’ve already been trying for 6+ months, I wouldn’t go looking for problems that may not exist, and see what happens over the next few months. Really wishing you all the best!
@Firebelle13: a chemical pregnancy is the name given to a miscarriage that occurs before or right around the day off a missed period. They happen a lot more than most people know, because they appear to just be a period, and you’d only know if you tested early enough. Unless you were having them often in your TTC journey, they are not an indication anything is wrong, but they can be heart-breaking if you’ve started planning your pregnancy and future baby.