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December 27th, 2013, 12:39 PM
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I know this is out of the blue but every now and then I start thinking about how low the Dr. saying that my HCG #'s were. At 14 DPO in the evening they were 188 and at 16 DPO early morning they were 390. They doubled in less than 48 hours, but the Dr. and nurse's made it sound like they were really low to start off with. I know that maybe I wasn't exactly 14 DPO, maybe I have my days calculated wrong, I could have possibly been a little earlier...? I really don't know but today it's bothering me.

I'm finally into my second trimester, have had some spotting throughout my 1st here and there. I am just curious if low HCG numbers early in pregnancy can mean anything bad for baby? Could low #'s mean something is wrong?

I'm such a worrier and forgot to ask my Dr. at my last appointment.
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December 27th, 2013, 01:25 PM
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Those were good numbers for that early! I just went back and looked at my numbers from DS to compare to this pregnancy and yours are about the same as mine were from that one. As far as I know the hCG is only useful in determining how well the baby is implanting and once you hit 6 weeks an ultrasound is a much better gauge of how healthy the baby is. They don't usually get people in there for hCG levels that early so that's probably all they meant. They still shouldn't have said it that way, though!
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December 27th, 2013, 05:18 PM
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ITA- your HCG numbers were fine, doubling appropriately, and that matters much more than the exact number itself. Plus you've had good ultrasounds, and the very sensitive cervix.
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December 27th, 2013, 06:18 PM
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^ This is what I've heard as well. I don't think there is really much else that the HCG levels can tell you other than you're pregnant and if they double correctly everything looks okay.
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December 27th, 2013, 08:36 PM
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Well... If yours are low mine are crap... Mine were 26 at 12 DPO and 60 14DPO, 128 at 16DPO.

As long as they're doubling they're fine... Also... Now that we're in the second trimester those numbers are irrelevant. Once they detect a heartbeat ultrasound is more accurate than HCG numbers.

Try to relax!
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December 28th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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December 30th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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Hopefully the girls gave you some reassurance. My dr always says that the first number means nothing. What matters is that your numbers are increasing appropriately and yours definitely were. Plus you've seen your little one on the ultrasound so I wouldn't worry about your numbers at all.
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December 30th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Just for peace of mind (well more than what I hope the ladies here were able to offer), here is a chart showing a broad range of "normal" numbers. Yours are within the proper range. hcg does not indicate if anything is wrong with baby, you have seen baby on ultrasound and that is what matters the most

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)
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December 30th, 2013, 11:59 AM
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