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October 3, 2005

the early bird gets the heartache?

One byproduct of tecnological advances in pregnancy testing, according to some doctors in the UK, may be seemingly higher rates of early miscarriage. The theory is that since these super-sensitive tests can detect HCG levels even before a woman's period has been missed, she can then end up suffering the grief of a miscarriage when she gets her period after the pregnancy doesn't implant successfully. This may contribute to the perceived rate of miscarriage, but not necessarily the number of actual early miscarriages (since early testing wasn't available before, these women would theoretically not think they were pregnant in the first place.) The upside, according to another doctor, is that if this happens over and over again, it can help diagnose an implantation problem.

by thenewmoms at 8:09 AM
in pregnancy


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