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I am on my third child and have never had a beta or heard of it in real life until joining JM. I don't believe it's a standard thing unless there has been a history of hormonal issues around the ability to sustain a pregnancy. I know sometimes progesterone is given to help. I think a beta counts the pregnancy hormones and then you follow up a few days later to see they are doubling. I think you can also rule out molar pregnancies and such if numbers are way off.
mama to 5 yr old DS1 , 3 year old DS2 , and nursling DD .
Bet HCG is the hormone that is produced when you are pregnant. The number should double every other day or so and most drs only measure it if you are having bleeding or have a other problems or complications. I work in a hospital lab and did my own beta because my preg test had a faint line after the time had passed. My Beta was 12 (too low to be accurately deteted by the urine test) but anything over 6 is positive (at my hospital). I did it last week and it was 3122.