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#1 maryanneK

Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:59 PM

Hi all
How do you define a chemical pregnancy vs an early miscarriage?


#2 Dionysus

Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

I would say (and it's not a scientific fact, I don't think) that a chem is when you get a BFP before your AF is due, but then AF does arrive - near enough on time.

A m/c would be a loss after AF was overdue.

FWIW, I have had both:
- a chem at 4w6d
- a m/c at 8 wks

(the actual physical nature was different with each, too - ie, the m/c was a painful and extreme bleed)

Edited by **Mel**, 08 December 2012 - 09:06 PM.


#3 seepi

Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

You can have a chemical pregnancy that goes for much longer than 4 weeks, but there is no baby developing  - so it is just a chemical pregnancy, not a miscarriage. It is just some cells developing - part of a placenta, or just something, and it is just a heavy period when it finally resolves. But it can go longer than 4 weeks.

#4 Chill-Pill

Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

I see a chemical pregnancy as a miscarriage but just a really early one. For me it means a pregnancy that has shown some HCG on a blood or HPT but the pregnancy either ended before an ultrasound or at ultrasound there is no viable pregnancy. Going through IVF has probably made my view a little different though because for those not going through IVF they may not have a 6/7 week scan.


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