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Hcg levels at around 5 weeks?

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SweetCharlotteRose Fri 12-Jun-15 18:35:41

Hi all

I had my hcg levels taken on Wednesday when I was 5+2 or 5+3 (not 100% certain) as I am extremely anxious about this pregnancy.
The dr promised to phone today to tell me the result. I heard nothing by 4ish so rang the surgery was was told the dr was very busy today so probably wouldn't phone. The receptionist gave me a result of 4024 over the phone.
However I don't really know what this means. I've googled and it looks low side of normal? But on Tuesday when I saw the dr and she referred me for the blood test she said that she was looking for tens of thousands to indicate a strong pregnancy.
Obviously I'm nowhere near that and I do know that the doubling rate is what is important (and I don't know my doubling rate since I've only had one test) but I also know low hcg levels are associated with miscarriage.

Any experiences? Any GPs about? I'm going to worry all weekend.

addictedtosugar Fri 12-Jun-15 18:44:30

A one off hcg is really difficult to evaluate. It is the rate of rise that indicates a healthy pregnancy. Over 5000 to see on a scan, and around 6 weeks to see anything on a scan.

On that basis, I'd say not to worry. Why have they measured your hcg?

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Fri 12-Jun-15 18:46:27

Hi OP, one lone HCG result on its on doesn't mean anything. The test needs to be repeated 48-72 hours later to show that the numbers are increasing. There is actually a massive range of 'normal' and your result is very comfortably in there for 5 weeks. I have only had my levels monitored once and my HCG was over 100 at 5 weeks. Sadly it resulted in a miscarriage for me but my IVF consultant was still adamant my HCG was high enough for a viable pregnancy at 5 weeks so I think your result is really good.

I've seen your original thread in conception and can totally understand your anxiety. I've been ttc for 5 years and am now pregnant after 3 IVF cycles. I didn't have my HCG tested with this pregnancy as my consultant didn't think it was a good idea as I completely tortured myself over blood results last time.

From what I've read you have every

SweetCharlotteRose Fri 12-Jun-15 18:47:13

Because I'm so incredibly anxious!
I thought tens of thousands seemed unlikely but now I don't know if around 4000 is too low. I wish the dr had phoned me.

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Fri 12-Jun-15 18:47:43

Sorry posted too soon. I meant to write I think you've got every reason to be hopeful x

SweetCharlotteRose Fri 12-Jun-15 18:48:12

Congratulations Cupcakes. How many weeks are you now?

Grizzer Fri 12-Jun-15 18:48:25

Hi SweetCharlotte. I had my hcg measures around 5 weeks & got sent a list of the weekly ranges with my results. For 5 weeks anything between 217-7138 is normal so you can see it's a huge range. Yours looks perfect. Why are you feeling anxious?

SweetCharlotteRose Fri 12-Jun-15 18:50:00

Long journey to get here and a feeling that we just can't be that lucky. A baby is something other people have!

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Fri 12-Jun-15 18:50:37

Completely agree with what Addicted has posted. At 5000 they should be able to see something on a scan and they will only scan at 6 weeks at the absolute earliest. Your numbers are good. I would question what your doctor has said about 10,000. Is your doctor a fertility specialist?

sizethree Fri 12-Jun-15 18:51:18

Hi sweetcharlotte, I've read your other threads too. The important thing about these tests is the follow up number, so as long as the HCG number as doubled over the 48-72 hours that indicates your pregnancy is developing well. With just one isolated first result you can't know anything fur sure. I'd have thought they'd get you back in today for a repeat test. Was that not suggested? Have you an appointment to go back on Monday? If so, by then the levels should have tripled/quadrupled.
It really is such a worrying time and you have my utmost empathy. But again as I and other posters said on your other threads, as long as there's no bleeding or strong abdominal pain, there's no indication of anything going wrong. Please don't out yourself through this stress when you don't have to.
Have you looked into relaxation or mindfulness to help you cope with your anxiety?

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Fri 12-Jun-15 18:51:47

39 weeks shock

I completely get how you feel, I've never had a natural bfp and I'm sure I would feel exactly the same thanks

SweetCharlotteRose Fri 12-Jun-15 18:55:58

Yay cupcakes, exciting flowers

No the dr said she would phone today and hasn't and didn't suggest what to do next. I didn't ask because I thought I'd speak to her today. She probably has about a million patients to be fair to her.
We will probably go for an early scan towards the end of the week.
I'm trying to fight the anxiety. Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose. I'm better when at work. I'm dreading the weekend. Dh is away all next week too so I'm going to he on my own. This heightens my anxiety.

sizethree Fri 12-Jun-15 19:05:46

Anxiety is real b**stard. It eats away at you and it makes you question everything.
It sounds a bit silly, but use an App called Buddhify which has lots of mindfulness relaxation talks on it (you can choose the length of them and the reason - stress, insomnia etc) and they are the only thing that have helped ease me a bit. I've had 3 miscarriages and am currently tentatively pregnant again, so really understand where you are coming from with the worry.
I hope the weekend goes fast for you. Can you write a massive to do list to keep you occupied. I get most anxious when I have spare time and I get into a big bad downward spiral of worry.

SweetCharlotteRose Fri 12-Jun-15 19:09:16

I really hope this is it for you size flowers

I find night time pretty tough too so I'm dreading being on my own. My brain works differently overnight and gets stuck in a horrendous worry cycle. I've plenty of house work to do but it's boring so I tend to worry and iron etc!
It's a shame the weather looks so bad as it would be better if I could go out ALL day tomorrow!

sizethree Fri 12-Jun-15 19:13:40

Can you binge-watch a box set or something? It would be great if you could structure the days to minimise worry time.
Hope it passes really fast for you.

breadstixandhommus Fri 12-Jun-15 20:16:53

Hi sweet I have read your other threads and really think that you are, understandably, torturing yourself. I totally get that you absolutely cannot believe that you are pregnant, you have been through so much and this was so unexpected, but you are stressing yourself unnecessarily.

I found out I was pregnant when I was about 4 weeks (hard to tell as my cycle was all over the place and the GP was unable to pinpoint any kind of ovulation through numerous blood tests) after 14 months of ttc. I, too, had horrific pain in one side and was sent to my work A&E with ? ectopic (no bleeding, just pain). My serum HCG level was less than 1000, progesterone was very low. I googled to within an inch of my life, tore the ears off my friend who is a MW, scared myself stupid as the low levels indicated a non-viable pregnancy. My non-viable pregnancy according to Dr google is now a very healthy 3 year old. Your HCG sounds fine to me, in keeping with dates, and I'm a bit hmm as to why a GP would dare place a number on an HCG to a young lady that a) has no knowledge of what that would mean and b) a young mum to be that is clearly incredibly anxious so is at risk of panicking if the levels fall below that threshold.

Having been through the stress and worry of long term ttc (albeit not anywhere near your league, I admit) and early, unexpected pregnancy I can only urge you to be kind to yourself, step away from google, stop POAS, and stop thinking so negatively about the small details. I can see you rolling your eyes now, it's easy for me to say, but it really is the best thing you can do.

Also, just to make you even happier, should everything work out well then this anxiety doesn't stop until the baby arrives. You worry before the dating scan in case you get told there's nothing there and you were never pregnant (that was my worry, I'm sure other people have/had different fears), then you worry before your 20 week scan that they find something wrong. Then you worry when you can't feel baby move, then you worry about baby being in the wrong get my point.

Please stop torturing yourself sweet flowers

NoCupcakesOrCocktails Thu 18-Jun-15 19:18:32

Hi Sweet how are you getting on? Did you have more beta blood tests? Hope everything is ok

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