A chemical pregnancy, often classed as a very early miscarriage is heavy bleeding shortly after receiving a positive test result.
Many women do not even realize they suffer a miscarriage as it can occur so early that you may not even skip a period,in fact it amounts for 75% of all miscarriges and isnt as uncommon as people think it is.
When it happened we was trying for baby 2, I was really excited about becoming pregnant again so I got many many tests and couldn’t wait for the 2 ww (two week wait), so roughly two days before my period was due I decided to tak a digital test, after leaving it in the bathroom while I dealt with K I came back in and saw the answer..
I couldn’t believe my eyes, this was the second month of trying, first month was a complete wash out as we both had be sickness bug, so when I got this positive I was over the moon!!
Still extremely early days but I started day dreaming of the future with the new baby, names and checking when the due day would be.
About a week later I started to bleed, it wasn’t much at first, spotting is completely normal during pregnancy so I didn’t think much of it until the cramps started and the bleeding got much heavier.. thinking more along the lines of ectopic I called the non emergency number who told me to go straight to our A and E, my dad being the only one able to take me, I explained that I was pregnant but bleeding… so off we went with K in tow..
They took urine samples and blood samples and like all A and E visits take forever to finally get any answers..
Mine was, ‘not pregnant just a period’.. I explained I had a positive test but the doctor told me regular menstration hormones can cause a positive test.. I went home, bleeding, cramping and feeling heartbroken..
Mr S was at work so I was sitting at home with K feeling lost, I googled and googled for an answer, false positives, can digital tests be wrong..
And I stumbled upon ‘Chemical Pregnancy’ and everything fit into place, I basically had a really early miscarriage, a tiny ball of cells just didn’t work out like it was meant too..
I got my positive a month later, this time around I was scared, frightened that this will end the same way as the last one… I tested almost daily up until I started bleeding again, I panicked and called the EPU (early pregnancy unit) and they booked me into a ultrasound to check everything was okay, and there was a bean shaped blob on the screen with a flickering heart.. I was indeed pregnant!
It didn’t take away the fear of a loss, not that I am sure if a Chemical pregnancy can be classed as a ‘loss’ as there was no physical evidence besides that single test I took..
It wasn’t until A was here did I relax, and I was exactly the same with my pregnancy with R, that one event made me open my eyes to the fact that things can happen.. but I am glad there is an explanation of what happened and that I am not the only one who’s dealt with it.
But I often look at it as ‘if I didn’t have that Chemical pregnancy, I wouldn’t have had A’
I feel blessed that I have three healthy beautiful children and I try not to dwell on what could’ve been if I had carried my little ball of cells to term..