Honestly, I am worried

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-17-2007
Honestly, I am worried
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 6:52am


I have been avoiding posting this message as I am really trying not to break faith with my pregnancy, but I have had some worrying results of the latest hCG test and the RE's office.

In the earlier tests my hCG doubling time was lower than 48 hours. This was an encouraging result.

As posted previously, my hCG on Thursday was 1252 mIU/ml. This was a slight drift downward from the "doubling" of the other tests. It was noticeable to me, as the previous test was taken at 10am, and the Thursday test taken at 4:00pm - so really it should have exceeded the double rate because there was an extra 6 hours of time. I know this seems like nitpicking... but there is more.

I had a repeat test on Monday... yesterday. The results were 2613 mIU/ml. This is an 86 hour doubling time... which is a further drifting away from the previous trend.

My call from the RE's office was not at all encouraging. She said that the 48 hour doubling time was not achieved and thus there was very likely a problem with the pregnancy. I know from other research that after 1200 the doubling time can take longer due to the quantity of hCG. Some articles suggest a doubling time of 72-96 hours - which means that possibly this pregnancy may be OK... but I presume the RE's nurse is more of an expert than I... and now I am feeling very anxious and worried about the pregnancy.

I was going to worry about this pregnancy in any event, but the comments of the RE's nurse are hard to ignore.

Another point is the BabyMed hCG Calculator. If I use the Thursday 1252 and Monday 2613 result, it indicates that the rise is inadequate... the last thing I want to read. BUT if I use the previous Monday's result of 335 and then the Monday 2613 - it says that the rise is adequate, on the lower side of adequate - but still adequate. I am figuring from this that the hCG rise is drifting from the good range to the adequate/iffy range... and this is really concerning.

Girls, I would really appreciate your P&PT. I realise that the U/S on Thursday may not see a heartbeat yet - even in a completely normal pregnancy - but I do want good and encouraging results... perhaps a fetal pole...

All positive vibes and sticky baby dust you can muster will be apreciated.



Edited 4/8/2008 7:06 am ET by cl-kingmaker_inc


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Registered: 01-31-2007
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 8:36am

I'm so sorry to hear that your test results are upsetting.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-13-2007
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 8:55am


(((HUGS))). I'm so sorry that you are worried. But, please stay positive. You know, that I know how tough this is for you. They are only numbers, and yes they are not doubling as fast as one would expect, but they are still doubling. I hope your u/s on Thursday gives you some peace of mind. But, please remember, your numbers are low and that you may not see anything on the u/s. When is your next blood draw?

P&PT's and lots of SBV's.


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Registered: 12-26-2007
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 10:44am



Has the baby read the reports?

Susan L.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-12-2007
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 10:45am
I know it's hard to stay positive, but hang in there, and know that we are all praying for your bean!


iVillage Member
Registered: 07-15-2005
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 1:30pm

Hi Libby. Hang in there -- they are only numbers and they never tell the whole story, but I know this is worrying nonetheless. I am thinking about you and sending lots of PPTs to you.



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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-04-2007
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 2:23pm

Yes, think positive thoughts and try to relax -- everything will work out for the best.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-18-2006
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 4:13pm

Oh Libby, I am so sorry about the worrying and the fact of uncertainty of your little bean.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-20-2008
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 5:31pm

It's good that you told us, Libby, so that you are not feeling alone. But it's going to be okay, just keep calm and positive -- the way you are naturally. You don't want to upset the bean!! We're all pulling for you, forcefully willing those numbers to go up. They are going to -- just hang in there.


iVillage Member
Registered: 12-20-2007
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 5:35pm

HI, Libby,

I've been thinking of you today, as well as praying. May God bless you and your little one.

I'm so sorry about the numbers, but I hope you can do some stress management, maybe a brisk walk in the sunshine or a girls' night out, to help with the worrying. Stress is not good for you. I truly do not mean to sound trite, and I know nothing will make you completely forget your fears, but do try to have some fun as a distraction.

Not that we can do anything, but we're all here for you and pulling for you.


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2007
Tue, 04-08-2008 - 6:03pm

Sending prayers your way Libby.