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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

When did I get pregnant?

Dear Dr Amy,

I am currently 16 weeks pregnant, & conceived in mid-July(my due date is april 4th). However, at the end of June, I had a positive home pregnancy test.

I believed I was pregnant when 3 days before my period, I had some light pink spotting. The next day I took a test which was positive, I had no spotting that day. The next day, I spotted again lightly. The next morning I started to bleed lighter than a period but bright red blood for 2 days. I then had another positive test on July 21st. So I assumed I would be 18 weeks, & I had not miscarried.

A few weeks ago I had my first sonogram, I was 14 weeks. So this was a new pregnancy.

The ultra-sound nurse told me that the incident before was probably a false positive & a normal period. However, I strongly feel that I had an early miscarriage. On the other hand, It had taken me 5 months to conceive, so if it was a miscarriage, I can't see how I got pregnant so few days after. I'm really confused. I feel like I want to mourn for a lost baby, but at the same time, I don't know if I ever did.

I was just wondering, which is most likely, because even though I am estatic about the baby I am carrying now, I don't feel like I can be totally at peace until I have an idea of exactly went on. I don't feel like I can forget that I may have carried a life before, even if for only a few days.

Thanks for your help,
Rosie

Dear Rosie,

It sounds like you had a chemical pregnancy in June and then got pregnant with this pregnancy in July. A chemical pregnancy is just another name for an extremely early miscarriage, one that can occur even before you miss your period. If that were the case, you would have had a period at the end of June and conceived again 2 weeks later. That would put you at 16 weeks now.

Chemical pregnancies are extremely common. In fact, that is probably what happens in many months that you don't get pregnant even though you are trying. You may have had additional chemical pregnancies in other months of the 5 months that you were trying to conceive.

Sincerely,
Amy

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