Miscarriage sucks — there’s no better way to frame it. No matter how many kind people try to offer you comfort, the truth is there is no easy way to come to terms with losing a child. Of course, once some time does pass, you may begin to wonder what you could have done to prevent the loss. To that I have to first say, take heart — this was not your fault. But if you are wondering if there are any steps you might take the next time around, or are curious about how to prevent a chemical pregnancy, then here’s what experts have to say.
First of all, what exactly is a chemical pregnancy? Dr. Rebecca C. Brightman, a NYC-based OB-GYN and assistant clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, tells Romper it’s actually “a very common phenomenon.”
“Essentially, an egg is fertilized, implants only briefly in the uterus, resulting in a transiently positive pregnancy test,” she says. “Many chemical pregnancies go unrecognized, but some over-the-counter pregnancy tests are super sensitive and can detect a pregnancy even before a missed period.”
Chemical pregnancies are responsible for around 75 percent of early pregnancy losses, according to What To Expect. Like Brightman explained, a fertilized egg begins to implant in the uterus about three weeks after your last period and the placenta begins to form the pregnancy hormone hCG, meaning that it might be high enough to be detected by a blood or urine test, noted Everyday Health. But…
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