Re: TTC after miscarriage
posted at 11/13/2013 10:44 AM EST
Sorry you are dealing with a mc. I went through the same thing so I understand. In fact, it's very, very common and is why the general rule of thumb is not to tell of your pg until 12 weeks. Before super sensitive home tests, women didn't even know they had conceived and assumed AF was just late. Now we know it's a very common occurrence (even among happy parents of healthy children!) thanks to technology.
So, all that to say, yes, you can get pg right after an early mc; it doesn't mess your system up like one that occurs later in pg. As others have said, test for ectopic, but it's just as likely that you're pregnant and things are fine this time.
The body rejects conceptions that have gone catastrophically wrong; it happens all the time and does not imply ANYTHING, positive or negative, with regard to future pregnancies. If it weren't for sensitive home pg tests we'd be blissfully unaware, and many would assume that the only time they ever got pregnant was the time they had a baby. Of course, maybe they had gotten pg 3 times before that, for instance, but they never knew.
Knowing, however, is painful no matter how common an occurrence early losses are, and, again, I'm sorry for your very real loss. I still think about how old our child would have been (4, now), and I was only about 4 weeks pg. I definitely would never have known had we not been trying and so testing every month, but now I have a loss to deal with, too. Thanks, First Response.
Hoping everything works out fine with this pregnancy, Kat, because, yes, you can. Early mc really doesn't mess your system up. Best wishes!!
ETA: it's impossible to have a "leftover surge" of hCG. The presence of an implanted embryo causes that hormone to be produced. No embryo, no more production of pg hormone.