chemical pregnancy

I was reading and replying to the most recent comments on my blog and I came across this meme. So no one gets worried, I’m not pregnant, planning on getting pregnant, or having another chemical pregnancy. But this is exactly how I felt when I was. I’ll post an update on my family soon. But for now I wanted to let you know that I am listening to all of you and I remember how it feels to be where you are.


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  1. jeanethe says:

    Hello! Than you so much for posting that meme! I am going through my third miscarriage. I am devasted, I am not sure how how I am going to recover from this. I have no children, I am 33 years old and I am so scared that This not going to happen for us.
    Here is my story: after a year trying to get pregnant and getting your period every single month, I decided to go to the doctor. The doctor told me to use OPK that cycle. I found out that I ovulate late around CD 18-20. Well that cycle I got pregnant, we were so happy! At the 8 weeks check up, the doctor couldn’t find the heartbeat with the doppler. An U/S revealed at missed miscarriage. The baby had died at 6 weeks and I had to get an D&C. I cried for weeks. They told that miscarriages were common, probably something genetically wrong with the baby and that I could try again in three months.
    Three months later, we tried and again pregnant. I was worried so I requested hcg levels and progesterone. My hcg didnt double and my progesterone was 10. I knew it was happening again. The U/S showed no heart beat and I decided to miscarry naturally. In a subsequent U/S the doctor suspected molar so she pushed for the D&C. Second D&C for me.
    After the second miscarriage, I went through a lot of bloodwork. the only thing that they found wrong was a little bit of insulin resistance and homozygous of MTHFR. I started taking metformin, aspirin, 5 mg of folc acid and progesterone suppositories after ovulation. I really thought this time it was going to work out for us. I went to the doctor’s on Wed when I got a really faint home pregnancy test. My hcg was only 59 and my progesterone was only 6.4! Two dayls later my hcg is 39 and my progesterone is 7.5. I started spotting brown last night, so I think this is over. I have to get a shot today with 100 mg of progesterone, but whats the point right? Its all over! Happy birthday to me! I only hope that it is truly a chemical pregnancy and not ectopic.
    I’m desperate, I feel that I have lose all the hope. I did everything right and I feel cheated. I am angry, sad, terrified, guilty all the same time.
    My husband is here with me holding and making me food and I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful husband. And I feel so sad that he got a wife that can’t seem to be able to sustain a pregnancy.
    I know that was really long, I appreciate the time you took to read it!

    • rowanthefrog says:


      I’m so sorry for your losses and I remember that hopeless feeling so well. Are you seeing an RE or an OB at this point?


      • Jeanethe says:

        Hi! Thank you for replying! I’m still seeing my OB who suggested to use femara plus progesterone shots. He thinks that the problem is weak ovulation in combination with low progesterone. I’m not sure what to do. Should I try one more time with my OB or should I see an RE?
        I saw on your blog that you used femara but you also got estrogen and hcg trigger right?
        Any advice will be appreciated!

      • rowanthefrog says:

        I’m sorry I’m just now replying. Yes you have it right, I used estrogen to build my lining and an HCG trigger and booster. What did you end up doing and please update us on what happened!


    • M. says:

      Hi Jeanethe,
      Sorry for intruding but I understand your desperation. My history is a bit similar to yours, early thirties, 3 miscarriages, only found a MTHFR. I posted my history here:
      I finally succeeded at my 4th pregnancy. What worked for me was: When TTC I was already taking Acid Folic 5mg and Baby Aspirin daily, and after getting the positive I added: Clexane 40mg (Heparine) and Vaginal Progesterone 200mg. I hope when you read this you are already pregnant. Just giving you another option to discuss with your doctor. All the best! M.

      • Jeanethe says:

        Hello M,
        Thank you so much for your concern. I am happy to let you know that I am currently pregnant with twins! I took femara, progesterone shots, baby aspirin, Vit D, metformin… Wao that’s a lot! I am still early in my pregnancy but really hopeful this time… Thank you for thinking about me!

      • rowanthefrog says:

        Congratulations on your pregnancy and TWINS! Double congrats. Please keep us posted on your progress!


      • rowanthefrog says:

        Thank you for sharing this Manu!


  2. Terry says:

    Any advice would be really helpful, as I’m so confused right now and I can’t consult a doctor at this time…

    Last week I took a pregnancy test that came out positive. It was about 5 weeks past ovulation and 3 weeks since my previous period. I took 2 tests, in fact, but they were just 1 day apart, but both positive. I was extremely surprised because I just wasn’t “feeling” pregnant at all–none of typical symptoms, except sore breasts. And in fact, I feel pretty good, am sleeping well, and wake up feeling refreshed. According to online pregnancy calculators, I am now 7 weeks and 5 days into the pregnancy, and I still feel the same way! Also, the feeling of sore breasts went away. It’s also concerning that typically, I have strong intuition and so do the women in my family. Neither my family nor I have sensed my pregnancy. My body is usually also very sensitive (frequent headaches, very severe menstrual cramps, queezy when I don’t eat, etc), so the fact that throughout these past 7 weeks I haven’t felt anything at all, kind of worries me. Are there any chances that this is a chemical pregnancy? I haven’t had any spotting or discharge, though.

    • rowanthefrog says:


      I’m sorry I’m just now replying. You already know the answer to your question at this point. At 7 weeks you are well past the chemical pregnancy stage anyway and symptoms can come and go. The vast majority of the time it doesn’t mean anything. Please update us on how you are doing.


  3. Courtney says:

    First I just want to say I’m sorry for all you have gone through and happy that you got your happy ending. Your blog is so full of great information. I had a chemical pregnancy last month and then got pregnant again immediately this month. Unfortunately, my betas didn’t come anywhere close to doubling so I’m just waiting to miscarry again. I have a healthy 14 month old who I had 0 problems with. Like you, I have no problem getting pregnant, only staying pregnant. Anyways, i have an appointment with my ob next week and I am just wondering if you have suggestions on what I should ask for testing wise? I want to come prepared with what I want. Also, I am still nursing my daughter once a day and couldn’t find if anything ever came of your prolactin level or your re gave you any more information on that. I would greatly appreciate any advice you have.

    • rowanthefrog says:


      I’m so sorry for your losses and I apologize for taking so long to reply to your comment. What did you end up doing with your OB? What did your test results say? Please update us.


      • Courtney says:

        Well my ob didn’t want to test me unless I had a third loss and wanted me to take a few months off. I decided to follow that at first and then realized I didn’t agree with that plan at all. So I saw a re who I love. My testing didn’t show anything except that I ovulate late (which I know I also did with my healthy pregnancy) and that I have some degree of ovarian dysfunction. They have me on femara with trigger, as well as metformin and progesterone. I ovulated on day 14 for the first time ever, normally I’m around 18-20 but last month wasn’t until day 27. And I had two follicles. So I’m hoping this will solve my problem! I’ve had most testing done (hsg, recurrent loss panel, chromosomes) but I haven’t done the natural killers, etc. I didn’t even ask if this clinic does it, but if I need to there is a SIRM clinic about 4 hours away that I will visit if I have to. I’ll update later!

  4. fyd says:

    This is the first time I try one of these blogs, i’ve been reading up and so much helpful info–not to mention it’s comforting to know other women have been where I am.

    I have a healthy, beautiful 22 month old daughter. Had zero issues conceiving her on the first try, and my pregnancy was nothing short of perfect.

    Since her birth, I have had 3 chemical pregnancies. One in Feb 2014, May 2014 and then again in Oct. 2014.

    I have had very little support from my doctor, only saying that he’ll consider treating me if it happens again.

    I am now seeing a specialist as I just found out I’m pregnant again (still early, not excited, only 11 DPO). My new doctor prescribed Prometrium 200mg twice a day. Low and behold, I am allergic. Yes ALLERGIC. Broke out in hives the first night I took it.
    She then switched me to CRINONE gel…same reaction!

    1) I’m freaking out that I am allergic to progesterone or something, if that’s even possible?
    2) I feel like if I don’t take it, I will suffer another loss.
    3) What options should I discuss with my doctor? As mentioned, no issues getting pregnant, but baby never sticks past 5 weeks…

    Pls pls help me in any way you can!
    I will see my doctor Monday (in 3 days). ANy input will help!

    Thanking you in advance,


  5. Denise Grigsby says:

    Just had my 4th chemical after 3 years of trying. It began with a missed miscarriage in July of 2012 I am 44 and have no children with my current husband who is everything to me. Because of my age my hope is failing. All specialist tell me I am perfectly healthy. I have even had exploratory surgery and everything was great. Total unexplained infertility. This last chemical has hit me really hard. The tears just keep coming from this one.

    • rowanthefrog says:


      I’m so deeply sorry for all of your losses. I know how much it hurts. I have been amazed by how many women have been through what you are going through. Did you see the protocol that I detailed on my success page? Might be worth trying as it is easy and inexpensive. Keep us posted.

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