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September 27th, 2008, 01:33 PM
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Hi everyone! I am new here, and am hoping someone has been in a similar situation & may be able to put my mind at ease!

My husband & I have had 3 miscarriages in the past (no successful pregnancies). After my 2nd miscarriage I was diagnosed with MTHFR mutation, and took Lovenox injections during my 3rd pregnancy. I have never made it past 10 weeks in any of my past pregnancies. For my 1st miscarriage, I didn't know I was pregnant until I'd already begun to miscarry (about 5 1/2 weeks). For the 2nd two miscarriages, I made it to 9 1/2 and 8 weeks respectively, but the heartbeat rate was never at a normal rate.

My question is, I found out I was pregnant again last week...My last period was on 8/19. They immediately began monitoring my HCG levels, of course. For this pregnancy, I am now taking my prenatal vitamin (of course), along with supplements of B12, B6, and folic acid daily. I also take a baby aspirin daily, as well as 200 mg of progesterone (my progesterone levels were excellent, but they wanted me to take it anyway as a precaution). I am also taking 30mg Lovenox injections daily.

On Monday morning my level was 260, and Friday morning had only risen to 866. This didn't seem like enough of a rise to me, and the nurse wouldn't really comment either way. They are planning to do an ultrasound on Monday, but I can't help but be concerned because I expected much more of a rise in my HCG level. They have never really monitored my HCG level closely before, so I don't know what it has been in the past.

Does anyone have any insight as to how much the HCG levels are supposed to rise normally??
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September 27th, 2008, 02:45 PM
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First of all congratulation on your pregnancy.
I am very sorry for your losses in the past.
Therapy you are now on for MTHFR mutation looks good to me.

For HCG levels look here:

" - In a bout 85% of normal pregnancies, the hCG level will double every 48 - 72 hours. As you get further along in pregnancy and the hCG level gets higher, the time it takes to double can increase to about every 96 hours.
- Caution must be used in making too much of hCG numbers. A normal pregnancy may have low hCG levels and result in a perfectly healthy baby. The results from an ultrasound after 5 - 6 weeks gestation are much more accurate than using hCG numbers. "

Wish you all the best!

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September 27th, 2008, 05:21 PM
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September 28th, 2008, 12:20 AM
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I am very sorry for all of your losses. I have to agree with Miraceti on this one - an u/s is a much better indicator of a healthy pg than hCG numbers. They are supposed to double in 48-72 hrs - so those numbers also don't look bad to me at all. I would wait on worrying (about that anyway) until you have more data. It really is still too early to tell. I totally understand your worry though. Why don't you try posting in the pg subforum too for extra support - we all know how hard each pg is when you have had so many losses.

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September 28th, 2008, 09:08 AM
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You sound just like me! I am heterozygous for MTHFR and do Lovenox, b6, b12, and baby aspirin too. I have also had 3 miscarriages but I didn't get diagnosed with the MTHFR until after the third. I am still trying to get pg again so I still don't know if the treatment will work. Your numbers look ok to me. An ultrasound will be a better indicator though. Unfortunately after Recurrent loss the first few weeks of pregnancy are filled with worry and fear and you just have to wait it out. I know it is hard but you are doing everything you should be doing so try to take care of yourself and not worry. I know easier said than done! Keep us updated!
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October 1st, 2008, 09:35 AM
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I really don't have anything helpful to add, as the ladies before me have already given you great information. Praying for you that this one sticks. I understand how nerve-wracking the first trimester is. Hang in there and if you haven't already, join the ladies in our Pregnant after RL subforum!
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October 4th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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Just thinking about you and wondering how your levels were for your latest hcg tests. T&P
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October 4th, 2008, 11:52 PM
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I hope things are going well for you

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October 11th, 2008, 12:51 PM
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I hope everything is going ok, please update us as soon as you can

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October 14th, 2008, 10:01 PM
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October 17th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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Those numbers sound ok to me. Especially with your history, hcg levels wouldn't be my concern. Wait for the u/s.

Your background sounds a little like mine - 4 miscarriages here, MTHFR (are you taking extra folic acid and B-complex vitamins?), lovenox etc. I know it is a tough road. Hugs!! For us, it turned out that the MTHFR was one of many issues I had, and our biggest problem was my egg quality (determined though presence of anti-ovarian antibodies, also a karyotype from our 3rd m/c). So we turned to PGD.

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October 27th, 2008, 09:43 AM
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Thanks everyone...I posted an update today in another post called "4th Miscarriage". Ultrasound today is not good, baby's heartbeat is very very slow. They think I will miscarry this week. I am basically just numb right now...Thanks for your thoughts & prayers!
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