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January 29th, 2011, 01:54 PM
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My DH had to take me into UC last night.

My heart started pounding hard, skipping beats and then pumping fast to make up for the beats. (Similar to the mixture of bradycardia, tachycardia, and PVC I had with the last one.) I got this really weird warm feeling rush though my body. Then, I got cold and my whole body started shaking. It was just like when you get the shakes during delivery. You can't stop it no matter what you try.

My BP was 157 over 90 something which is really high for me. I'm usually 110/75. They ran blood test and such. The Dr thought for sure I had a UTI but everything came back fine. (She said the warm feeling and shaking are UTI symptoms.) She couldn't believe they didn't find anything. She was baffled. She called the resident cardiologist and he said I should get in to see my OB asap.

The Dr. said, "Oh btw you ARE pregnant...actually VERY pregnant. Over a level 7." So what does that mean? It must have to do with the type of blood test they ran. Any nurses out there know what she meant by "VERY pregnant...Over a 7." I should have had her clarify but I was kind of out of it. TIA!

Ok, back to resting...

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January 29th, 2011, 02:02 PM
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Huh?!?!?! My speciatly is NOT Ob/GYN but, I have never heard of it referred to a level like that? I plan ono researching that now

I am glad you are feeling better. Knowing you have a previous cardiac issue, it was wise of you to go to the ER. A lot of times that uncontrollable shaky feeling occurs when your BP drops very low very quickly (in cardiac pts.).

Maybe he thought your HcG levels would put at/around 7 weeks? Who knows...

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January 29th, 2011, 02:46 PM
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I googled it and it means 7 weeks pregnant!Congrats! Did you know already you were pregnant?
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January 29th, 2011, 03:40 PM
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Thanks ladies!

Yes, I found out I was pregnant 2 1/2 wks ago.

I just found this. I wonder if that was what she was referring too? If that were the case though, "over 7" doesn't seem "VERY pregnant."

Just like home pregnancy tests, labs vary in what is considered a positive pregnancy test. Common cutoffs for positive blood tests for pregnancy are 5, 10, and 25 units. A level under 5 is considered negative. A blood test that is only triggered at 25 units of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is not any more sensitive than several of the home pregnancy tests.

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January 29th, 2011, 05:39 PM
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well it don't seem like a big deal so don't worry!
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