When can a molar pregnancy be detected?

(April 18, 2011)

A molar pregnancy occurs, when a woman has a benign tumor or a non-cancerous mole develops in the uterus. This type of a pregnancy takes place when a pregnant woman’s placenta develops an abnormal mass of cysts, instead of becoming a proper, normal pregnancy. There are two types of molar pregnancy, i.e., a partial molar pregnancy and a complete molar pregnancy. During the initial stages, a molar pregnancy may seem like any other normal pregnancy, but over a period of time, certain signs and symptoms may become evident. At tomes, women may suspect that they are suffering from this problem and therefore, ask doctors “when can a molar pregnancy be detected?”.

When can a molar pregnancy be detected?

One of the most commonly asked questions by women who suspect that they may be suffering from a molar pregnancy instead of a normal one is “when can a molar pregnancy be detected?”. The answer for this question may vary for different women, based on several factors. However, in most instances molar pregnancy detection is usually complete within the 6th week of pregnancy. In some rare cases, it could take up to 12 to 15 weeks to detect a molar pregnancy.

During the initial stages, an accurate molar pregnancy analysis may be a bit of a challenge, since all the normal pregnancy signs and symptoms may be visible in the beginning. However, within a few weeks, at least some amount of vaginal bleeding may be seen. Hence, even though every instance of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy may not necessarily point towards a molar pregnancy it is important to visit a doctor and get the causes checked.  

During a molar pregnancy, a woman’s placenta usually grows at a faster pace, which causes the uterus to expand faster than is normal. This is turn affects the levels of the pregnancy hormone, (known as HCG), pushing it up and leading to severe nausea. The best way to confirm the diagnosis of a molar pregnancy is through an ultrasound scan.

In normal pregnancies the time at which the symptoms become evident may vary from one woman to the other. This could also be the case with the symptoms of a molar pregnancy. Therefore, it is best to check with a doctor and clarify “when can a molar pregnancy be detected?” from a medical health care expert. Women who sense any unusual symptoms should also visit their doctors and go through an immediate molar pregnancy check.

Submitted by N on April 18, 2011 at 01:02

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