I had to share my story with you, because I would have wanted to read it, three weeks ago!
I have had one previous m/c. I don't know my HCG that time, because it was my first pregnancy. But we did have a heartbeat and then I started spotting brown in the eighth week and the heartbeat stopped at 8wk 4d. We were devastated.
I got pregnant again three months later. My initial HCG reading was within normal range and they didn't plan to take any more. But at 5 weeks, I had some brown spotting, so they took more blood. On a 7 day basis, it had shown the appropriate increase. However, a reading taken three days later showed I had only increased this time by 50%, from about 3500 to 5100. The doctor said it didn't look good and sent us for an u/s. To our amazement, we saw a baby measuring on-target (5wk 6d) and a slow heartbeat! But we were still VERY worried. After all, the hb was low and the sac was not measuring as large as the baby...which had happened to us last time, and that had not ended well.
Our doctor scheduled another u/s for three weeks in the future, since we were going out of town and wouldn't be there for an u/s at the 2wk mark. You can imagine our stress level - it was like the 3 weeks that lasted 3 years. Today, we finally had our u/s, and steeled ourselves for bad news.
To our great joy, we saw a 9wk 3d baby with a strong heartbeat, moving its arm and leg buds in a nice, big sac. Nothing seems amiss.
The reason I share this, is that I read so many really negative articles about HCG that doesn't double - one even said the prospects for any such pregnancy were "grim." Well, it wasn't for us. In our case, the HCG was either a lab mistake or it was a fluke.
Good luck to you all.
UPDATE in June:
I came back to let you all know that my pregnancy has progressed splendidly and we are nearing our Level II ultrasound! After my last post, we had no more problems and we just got back our quad screen with totally normal results. I am 17 1/2 weeks pregnant and am feeling my baby move.
I find myself constantly replying to posts where women are asking about HCG levels and being told "just make sure it doubles." For me, it did NOT double. In fact, I got a chill reading the report from my very first u/s when I saw my records the other day. It said "intrauterine bleeding and slow heartbeat." But despite it all, as far as I know, this baby is coming!
I am 27 weeks pregnant! My baby is a healthy, kicking boy and he is due the week of Thanksgiving. How appropriate!
I wish all of you the same outcome. I can't believe I was lucky enough to beat the statistics. I'm not so special! Thanks for letting me share my story again.
I am now the happy mother of a beautiful, normal 8 month old baby. He was born totally healthy and is a real joy. I wanted to come back and let you all know that I do not plan to have my HCG tracked if I pursue another pregnancy. What can it tell me? There is no explanation for why William (my son) didn't follow the prescribed pattern. Perhaps this is normal for me? In any event, the rules aren't always true!
I was prompted to check back in here because someone mailed me about this post. I am so glad it is still hanging around as a piece of good news! William is now a delightful 3 1/2 year-old. It is so hard to believe he was once nearly written off, thanks to stupid hormone levels. We have also had another boy, who is now a feisty 15 month-old. We didn't have HCG done when he was conceived, because we knew it may not be normal and we didn't want the stress. As it was, I also had spotting AND was told at 6wks that his early hb was "slow". Thankfully, these signs meant nothing (again) and the rest of my pregnancy was trouble-free. He is perfect in every way.
I know that those of you who are searching this site are having a terrible experience and having had a miscarriage before my successful pregnancies, I know your pain. I don't mean to discount the input of doctors. I do value it. But all I can say is, there is much that is still mysterious about pregnancy. They can tell us what is going wrong, but now how to right it or why it is happening. I can't explain my good fortune, but I am thankful and I wish the best for all of you. Stay strong!
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