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What is the difference between an early micarriage, a missed miscarriage, a chemical pregnancy, and a molar pregnancy?

And what are the hCG levels like with each? Are they high or low, do they continue to go up or do they go down after the pregnancy ends?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:25 PM on Sep. 18, 2010 in Trying to Conceive

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  • i know a chemical is when there is no fertilized egg at all. or is that molar? LOL its so confusing

    Answer by BlacksheepSati at 7:27 PM on Sep. 18, 2010

  • Do a google search and see what they say.

    Answer by Raeann11 at 7:33 PM on Sep. 18, 2010

  • "Chemical" pregnancy is just a friendlier way to say 'early miscarriage'. A miscarriage is before 20 weeks, I'm not sure the timeline to qualify as "early".

    Missed Miscarriage: Women can experience a miscarriage without knowing it. A missed miscarriage is when embryonic death has occurred but there is not any expulsion of the embryo.

    Molar Pregnancy: The result of a genetic error during the fertilization process that leads to growth of abnormal tissue within the uterus. Molar pregnancies rarely involve a developing embryo, but often entail the most common symptoms of pregnancy including a missed period, positive pregnancy test and severe nausea.

    Answer by coder_chick at 7:34 PM on Sep. 18, 2010

  • The terms early miscarrage and chemical pregnancy are interchangeable.
    A chemical pregnancy is the clinical term used for a very early miscarriage. In many cases, the positive pregnancy test was achieved before the woman’s period was due but a miscarrige occured before a heartbeat was able to be seen on an ultrasound.
    A missed miscarriage is when the fetus dies but the woman's body continues as if the fetus is viable
    A molar pregnancy is when there is a rare mass or growth that forms inside the uterus at the beginning of a pregnancy. Usually caused by a defective egg.

    Answer by nellyb118 at 7:36 PM on Sep. 18, 2010

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