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January 14th, 2008, 06:05 PM
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Hi Ladies,

My name is Liz. I'm expecting my second baby in September of 2008. DH and I are excited as this pregnancy wasn't planned and we had to do IUI with clomid to get pregnant with our son, AJ. AJ was actually initially a twin but the twin stopped developing at 7 weeks and my body reabsorbed it (I had two eggs go that month thanks to the clomid - we knew that from the u/s prior to O).

Anyway, here is my question - which I'm sure you have all heard a million times.

I had my hCG drawn at 5 weeks and 3 days. My doctor called me a few days ago to give me the report. My progesterone is in the 50's (which is great because I needed supplements when I was pregnant with AJ). My hCG was in the 17,000's! At 5 weeks 3 days! The OB said that was high and wants me to come in for a u/s on 1/21 to see if there is more than one baby in here.

I'm nervous because I'm a full time Ph.D. student and therefore, am not working right now. Finances are tight! DH is nervous about adding one more peanut and I haven't told him about a twin possibility yet - don't want to tell him unless there are definitely two in there because he will just get even more nervous about finances.

Anyway, I know an hCG level of 17,000 is high at 5 weeks 3 days. And I know you really have no way of knowing by hCG alone and that only the u/s will tell but what do you think? What were your hCG levels if you knew them? This is literally all I can think about and I have to wait another week before my u/s.


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January 14th, 2008, 06:42 PM
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My HCG levels were low with my twin pregnancy and high with my current pregnancy. The only real way to know if you are having twins is to have an u/s. HCG levels can be an indicator, but are not always reliable.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Rachel Ann 5 lbs 11 oz July 27, 2006
Emily Jean 5 lbs 10 oz July 27, 2006
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January 14th, 2008, 07:15 PM
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I have NO idea of what my levels were when I got preggo . . . I just know the morning sickness was KILLER!! I had 3 m/c before the twin pregnancy, so I had an ultrasound a 8 weeks and the doc "thought" the extra sac that she saw was just the "yolk" sac . . . by two more weeks, I had spotted a little and was fearing another m/c, so they sent me for a full u/s . . . sure enough, there were two babies in there!! At 10 weeks the twins were confirmed and at 20 weeks they told me they were a boy and a girl! They were right, too!

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January 15th, 2008, 08:49 PM
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BFP @ 10 DP0 on 11-20-06
Beta @ 12 DPO ~ 451
Beta @ 14 DPO ~ 955 (dt 44.35 hrs )
6wks 5 days U/S 2 heartbeats!

check out betabase.info. It has a lot of HCG information and numbers.. GoodLuck!

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January 15th, 2008, 09:56 PM
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I agree with the other ladies, there's really no way to know without the u/s. Unless you have other pgcys to compare to, that could give you a better idea. I've been pregnant 5 times, and with 4 pgcys (which were singlets) I had low numbers (low end of normal & ended in miscarriage). This time, my numbers were on the high end of the normal range, so I suspected I had more than one on board even though my doctors didn't. Turned out I had triplets!

So let's see... I never got a 5 week beta but I think I would have been around 27,000 if I doubled every day (see beta values in siggy below). And they usually only double every 2-3 days, so that number might be high. You might have more than one for sure! Good luck & congrats!!

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January 17th, 2008, 08:03 AM
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I don't remember my exact numbers, but I know at 5 weeks my numbers were in the 7,000 range.
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