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01/08/2013 at 11:34
Hello, being (a little bit) pregnant now is making me remember a lot about my son's birth, that pregnancy and the brief pregnancy afterward. I hope it's okay to ask questions about this stuff, apologies if not.
When my son turned one I had very real pregnancy symptoms. I wasn't following my cycle at all so can't really remember (now) at what point this was. But I know my period was late, I had nausea and dizziness and sore boobs. Negative test result, no period.
Sadly, my best mate was in hospital having a mc and I spoke to a nurse who was really quite rude about it and said I was imagining it. My GP sent me for a scan and I had indeed miscarried.
What is the situation if I didn't have the hormone to produce a positive test but was getting the symptoms identical to my previous pregnancy? And no period? I'm really interested in the science behind it, if anyone could help? I was young then and there was a lot going on, I didn't really think about that side of things.
01/08/2013 at 12:02
Pregnancy tests look for the hormone HCG. If your wee was quite dilute the test might not have received enough hormone to turn the test positive. Or the miscarriage may have been quite early so the HCG levels in your blood weren't that high (HCG doubles every 48 hours). Also modern pregnancy tests are much more sensitive than they used to be - I presume your m/c was a few years back?
01/08/2013 at 12:08
Your hormones need to be at a certain level before a test will pick up if your pregnant. Some girls on here have been a good few days past their missed period before a test picked up a positive. Did you maybe test too early and then possibly had a missed miscarriage? I've no experience of this, but if I was to guess, i'd say that this is what maybe happened?
01/08/2013 at 13:10
I've had a chemical pregnancy which is the earliest form of MC and i did get a positive test followed by a negative the very next day. I didn't start bleeding for another 4 days or so. I understand that the egg is fertilised but doesn't implant and dies very quickly. The hormones therefore will only peak briefly and you may well have missed that. Certainly tests are more sensitive than they've ever been these days.
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