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January 24th, 2014, 07:42 PM
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I'm just curious. I have seen several threads on Beta results, and good beta numbers. My doctors never told me a beta count. Is that unusual? I had an initial blood test to confirm pregnancy before my first prenatal, and more blood drawn at the prenatal. And apparently an early u/s because they thought i was 8 weeks, but i only measured 6 weeks in the u/s. Should I be asking about Betas? Or do they see everything they need to in the u/s?
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January 24th, 2014, 08:55 PM
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The beta numbers themselves do not actually matter- mostly. There is no such thing as a good beta or bad beta, the hcg being present in your blood will confirm the pregnancy and they just use the numbers to see if it is doubling- and the numbers do have to be at a certain number to even be able to see something on the ultrasound. Some women have very low numbers and have a healthy pregnancy, and some have very high numbers and lose the baby. It's a sticky business (obsessing over the #) and I think they probably didn't give you a number because everything is okay. I'm sure they would've said something if there were a problem! Try not to worry! *hug*
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January 24th, 2014, 09:34 PM
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It is completely normal for them not to draw betas. This is actually my first pregnancy ( out of 4 ) that they have. The only reason they did is because I have had spotting and they wanted to double check for possibly problems or a miscarriage. Even having good numbers, they are still doubling checking with an ultrasound.

Betas are really only a good indicator of how things are going very early in pregnancy (especially before they see stuff on an ultrasound). So now that you have had an ultrasound, I don't think they will order betas to be drawn. Ultrasounds show much more valuable information than a beta draw will. You would probably just be seen for a follow up ultrasound, if anything

And in future pregnancies, they probably won't draw them unless they had a specific reason (you have had previous losses, you are spotting, you are seeing a RE, etc).
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January 24th, 2014, 10:39 PM
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I had my betas drawn but didn't get my numbers either. On the 4th of Feb I go for my almost 10 week U/S and another blood draw. But no, my doc didn't tell me either and I've had a prior loss. I'd assume she would tell me if something were wrong or odd with them.
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January 25th, 2014, 03:04 AM
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When I was in the Regular world of getting pregnant, I never had a beta result… But in the land of TTCMA… I meet the very important BETA! LOL. I think if they do not say anything… Then you are good to go. I had my first result because that is the silver lining to the 2WW… The second I had because of spotting and they wanted to ensure I was doubling. (I just lost a pregnancy last Nov with a Beta number of 19… 2 days later… Lower) Your beta must be high as they thought you were further along. Right?
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