I might have some bad news in a couple days. I’m preparing for that. I got my hCG results, and while they are elevated, they are on the low side. So the question is: Is it viable?
I heard from the office that my levels are just a little over 1800. Yesterday, the doctor said it’s too hard to just judge by the first number. “It could be 5,000, or it could be 15,000.” So they do a second test 2 days later so they can see the change. The number should double in 2 days. (Nice article about that here.)
So anyway, after I hear the number 1,800, I broke down. (I have in my mind from yesterday, 5,000-15,000.) It’s awful to be consoled by your almost 4 year old. Actually, it’s not. It’s nice to know she’s growing up to be a sympathetic little person. Two and 4-yo hugs are the best! Of course I feel bad that they see me cry like that. But I just tell them it’s ok, mommy’s just sad.
Now I’m in Google search mode! Should my numbers be the same for this pregnancy as my last? According to this article, no, they won’t necessarily be the same between pregnancies. I actually have my hCG levels from my last pregnancy since we did fertility. I believe numbers are much lower for this one.
But I may have found some good news, at least to get me through until Friday. According to this chart on the Huggies website, I AM within range for 6 weeks! I’m disappointed to be on the bottom end of the range, but I’m in range, and I’ll take it.
My doctor will keep an eye on this. A low reading could mean a loss (miscarriage). It could also indicate an ectopic pregnancy. They will keep testing the level until it is under 5. When I had the ectopic pregnancy, they found it because my hCG levels weren’t high enough for a normal pregnancy, yet they weren’t really dropping. After doing an ultrasound, we found a little heartbeat but it wasn’t in my uterus. So that’s one thing that is a concern.
Of course, at my age, the biggest concern is simply miscarriage. And it could happen for any number of reasons.
What a roller coaster of emotions!