Researchers believe a significant percentage of conceptions end in early miscarriages (a.k.a. chemical pregnancies), meaning the fertilized egg does not fully implant and the mom may have a positive pregnancy test only to have her period arrive on time or just a few days late. Some doctors advise against using early pregnancy tests because of the increased risk of detecting and grieving chemical pregnancies. What's your opinion? Should women avoid early pregnancy tests to save themselves unnecessary grief, or is it better to know about every pregnancy regardless of the outcome?
- Well, I think it depends on the woman. Some women maybe would not like to even go through the grieving process of finding out they were pregnant and then the next day finding out they were losing it, but come on.....most women know their bodies and know they feel different and are pregnant before they even take the test especially if you know your body well and have been trying to conceive for a long time. I had a chemical pregnancy last month and I knew I was pregnant before taking the test and then I took it and it was positive. A week later I lost the baby. It was devastating to be so joyful and then so sorrowful so fast, but a life is a life no matter how small and for someone like me, who has had a long road of waiting for a child, I was glad I knew about the pregnancy and thanked God for the miracle life he gave to me even if it was for so short a time.
- —Guest Alexis
I can imagine it both ways
- I can see the point. On one hand, it's probably better not to know you're pregnant if you're just going to get your heart broken a couple of days later and would have never known it if you just waited a few days. On the other hand, it seems like it would be good information to have if you end up finding out you are having recurrent chemical pregnancies. Of course that would assume the doctor believed you about the pregnancy tests when it seems like they often won't believe anything unless it is in your medical records.
- —Guest Kay