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April 12th, 2011, 10:09 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
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Hi, I'm Christie. I already joined December DDC, but I wanted to join here as well. I had a loss in January 2008, had a healthy baby girl in February 2009, and recently found out I am pregnant and due on December 1st (my oldest daughter's birthday). I was hoping for an unevently pregnancy but that's not going to happen.

I went for my first appt at 6 weeks. Told my doctor I was a little worried as I was having very minor spotting and some back pain. We did an HCG test on Thursday. It was 1985. Sounds a little low for 6 weeks but within the range. I did a repeat on Monday and it was 3400. So my number didn't even double in 4 days. Yet my doctor doesn't feel that there is anything wrong since my number went up considerably. Anyone else have any thoughts on these numbers?

I have an ultrasound in the morning so I will know for sure tomorrow but I find it hard to concentrate today not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

I post here because I know that all of you ladies have experiences something similar and can relate and may have some insight.

Thanks for reading.
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April 12th, 2011, 10:15 AM
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If you go by the beta calculator HCG Calculator: Calculate beta hCG doubling time you are doubling every 5.2 days. Betas are really hard to read this far along as after you reach 1,000 they may not double within the 72 hour range. Could you have ovulated or implanted late and you are not as far along as you think?

I am really sorry you are going through so much stress... we all understand it.

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April 12th, 2011, 10:15 AM
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Hi Christie! HCG doubling is an average- it can be different in different woman and different with every pregnancy. I understand your anxiety, I would be just as worried as you are. There could be lots of reasons. One that comes to mind (because I had one) It could be a 'vanishing twin' which would mean originally you had to implant, and levels were rising at that rate, then one didn't make it (also explains the spotting) but the other is healthy and thriving, so levels are still going up just not doubling because the first number may have been inflated. Your dates could be off too explaining the lower number at 6 weeks, you could have implanted late or just been off on dates and only be 5 weeks.
Good luck at your u/s! Lots of healthy happy sticky bean vibes!!!

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April 12th, 2011, 10:23 AM
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Hi Christie...welcome! I hope all goes well, be sure to update us.....I know my numbers were quite a bit higher than that this round. The thing I worried about most was progesterone levels which were low on my last pregnancy, but good this time (so I didn't keep full tabs on my HCG)....at least your numbers are going up! That's got to be good!
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April 12th, 2011, 10:28 AM
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HCG doubling rates decline as the number goes up. The 48-72 hr doubling rule of thumb is for HCG's in the 100s. You are in the 1,000s now so it's not unusual to have longer and longer doubling times. You had a nice significant rise, and that is why your doctor is not worried.

Spotting is super common and I would not worry about it unless it progresses to actual red blood or you have very bad cramping or pain.

HTH!!! I think you are doing fine, it's certainly normal to be worried about every little thing at this time in the pregnancy, but I think you are really just having normal 1st trimester pregnancy stuff going on. I hope you have a very healthy & happy 9 months!!!

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April 12th, 2011, 10:34 AM
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Thanks ladies, I appreciate your input and I will definitely let you know how it goes tomorrow.
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April 12th, 2011, 01:34 PM
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HI! Welcome! I just wanted to say, that with my first daughter, the OB's didn't think my numbers were rising properly. Not fast enough, or high enough or whatever. They repeatedly told me I would miscarry. Guess what? They were WRONG! I now have a VERY healthy 2.5 year old. Numbers aren't everything and spotting is quite common. I hope your u/s shows what it should show and everything looks good tomorrow! Keep us posted!! Good luck!
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April 12th, 2011, 02:35 PM
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Hi! I don't know a lot about beta's, but I wanted to say welcome and I hope everything is fine. Spotting can happen for lots of reasons, but knowing that doesn't make it any less stressful.

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April 12th, 2011, 05:03 PM
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Welcome to the board and congratulations on your pregnancy. Wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months. Feel free to post anytime. Sounds like the ladies have already given you great advice for the betas. Please let us know how it goes. Prayers for you and lots of stickie dust.

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April 12th, 2011, 07:37 PM
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I agree with the other ladies that a slowly rising beta doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong. I think your u/s will tell you a lot more than your betas. I will be thinking of you
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