Daily Health Tips: Can I Be Pregnant So Soon After A Miscarriage?


Q: Hello, kindly do not reveal my ID. I had a miscarriage last month. I was about 10 weeks ,but was told it stopped at 6 weeks. I went through D and C and bleeding. After seven days and there on I had unprotected sex with hubby. I was feeling strange so I decided to do a pregnancy test. It came out positive, could I be pregnant or not? Could my hCG be still high? If am pregnant what should I do? If possible answer through inbox or you can post.

A: Thanks for writing in.

Condolences on the loss of your baby. May God console you.

It would usually take about four to six weeks after miscarriage for the hCG levels to return to normal. The Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) is a hormone produced by the body when pregnancy occurs and this is sought for when pregnancy tests are conducted. So, this could be responsible for the positive pregnancy test you had.

Could it be pregnancy? It’s not farfetched. Ovulation could occur as early as 2 weeks after miscarriage and that means pregnancy becomes highly possible.

Other causes of rising hCG could be an ectopic pregnancy that co-existed with the miscarried pregnancy. A patient with ectopic pregnancy would usually come into hospital with complaints of light abdominal bleeding, abdominal pain or cramps, extreme dizziness from the bleeding. If the tube ruptures (bursts), patient could faint from profuse bleeding into the abdomen. This condition needs to be taken care of immediately. For details of ectopic pregnancy, treatment etc, please click on https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/08/07/daily-health-tips-what-are-my-options-after-ectopic-pregnancy-and-failed-ivf/

Rising hCG levels could also be due to two conditions known as choriocarcinoma (in which a cancer forms in the ‘placenta’ tissues) or a molar pregnancy (in which a fertilized egg turns into a mass of cysts instead of a normal pregnancy).

So, please see your doctor and have a long chat. He will advise on next steps.

I hope this helps.

Have a good night everyone 😀

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