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Does anyone else feel like they have really specific questions that Google doesn't help answer??<br><br>
I don't want to sound ignorant, but it is so apparent that mc's are very prevalent and I am one of those people that always tries to be prepared (I know, I'm joking right??)<br><br>
Anyways, if I were to have a mc, would a pregnancy test still show up as positive? What about bleeding- can someone have had a mcwithout any bleeding or any pain?<br><br>
If you have a mc, do you still feel pregnant? Like, would you still feel nauseated, would your bbs still be sore?
 

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Yes, a pregnancy test will be positive for quite a while after pregnancy (either m/c or birth) as the HCG hormones go back down slowly.<br><br>
It is possible to have a m/c without any symptoms, it's called a missed miscarriage. Basically a fetus dies at say, 5 weeks, but there are no symptoms or an ultrasound discovers it at 7 weeks. It is rare for a body to not follow through with the m/c, but it can take time, even weeks and that can be very difficult emotionally/mentally.<br><br>
Some woman may continue to have symptoms as the hormone levels are going down and some woman my discover that their symptoms spot rather suddenly and it may not be exactly when the fetus passes, it may be days or a week or more later.<br><br>
Miscarriages are very common, but they are most common very early, in the 4th and 5th weeks, often even before a woman knows she's pregnant. Once a heartbeat is seen or heard, the risk drops dramatically. That is why so many people like to have an early ultrasound to see a heartbeat.
 

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yup, what Sarah said.<br><br>
I had a missed miscarriage - baby died around 7.5 weeks but I didn't find out until 11 weeks when I went in for my first appt. They scheduled a D&C for the following week, so it was almost 5 weeks and my body wasn't gonna let go yet.<br><br>
I was still feeling pregnant...not quite as much, but I figured I was close to the end of my 1st trimester and that's why I was feeling better. I have no idea how long a preg test was positive, 'cause I never tested, but I'd imagine it takes a while for the hormones to get low enough for it to be negative.
 

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Having tested early like a crazy person for 2 pregnancies, I have a theory that POAS can tell you something. The lines (for me) seem to get stronger and darker and appear faster the more pregnant I am. So I have been testing once a week to make sure that line comes up fast. If it started slowing down, I would probably go to a doctor to have things checked out.<br><br>
No website or source to say this is true. Just my experience....
 

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thanks for the all the wisdom ladies! Sometimes I feel obnoxious asking, so thanks for responding!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yup, what Sarah said.<br><br>
I had a missed miscarriage - baby died around 7.5 weeks but I didn't find out until 11 weeks when I went in for my first appt. They scheduled a D&C for the following week, so it was almost 5 weeks and my body wasn't gonna let go yet.<br><br>
I was still feeling pregnant...not quite as much, but I figured I was close to the end of my 1st trimester and that's why I was feeling better. I have no idea how long a preg test was positive, 'cause I never tested, but I'd imagine it takes a while for the hormones to get low enough for it to be negative.</div>
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Almost exact scenario. I was told I had 3 options (found out about 10/11 weeks @ 1st appt). U/S showed an empty sac. Since it was a missed miscarriage-just means you haven't received any physical symptoms yet.<br>
I could let nature take it's course, take some meds (I think it was a suppository-vaginal) or do a D&C. A D&C sounds so violent to me, I went with meds but waited 24 hrs, I had a job interview the following morning.<br><br>
I too felt less pregnant, interestingly my daughter, about 18 months at the time, sensed something was wrong the night before the interview. It was emotionally very difficult. I wrote a blog post about it, if you're interested, PM me.<br><br>
I ended up needing a D&C because not all of the pregnancy tissue was gone. They ended up doing it twice because my uterus was pooling blood. Then for their sake (IMHO) I was admitted to the hospital for observation due to the excessive bleeding. As a side, I was not knocked out for the procedure whereas others have told me they were.
 

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A huge benefit of fertility charting is that when you are pregnant, your body maintains a temperature range that is higher than when you are not pregnant (this varies by individual, so you couldn't figure this out without a history of charting). So, when I miscarried previously (at 4.5 weeks), I could see my temperature drop back down to my non-pregnant temperature range. I'm wondering if anyone who charts found that it took a while after they miscarried to see the temperature drop? (which would mean the only way to really know for sure is to do pregnancy tests on a regular basis--since others say that their symptoms continued for quite some time).<br><br>
Thank you!<br>
Robin
 

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With my last miscarriage, I started bleeding really early (at less than 4 weeks). I really didn't even know I was pregnant, since I started light bleeding, but I was seeing a specialist so they tested my blood. Even though I was miscarrying, my beta levels were actually rising at the time, so any pregnancy tests would have been getting darker, and my temp was still up. It took 45 days for my betas to get back down to zero (and about half that time, they were rising rather than falling).<br>
With the case of an ectopic pregnancy, tests would be getting darker as well, as would the temp.<br>
So, just because tests are getting darker and temp is still up, it doesn't *necessarily* mean that things are ok unfortunately <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Usually it does though, thankfully.
 
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