I’m back from my first prenatal exam and I am happy to report that I am still pregnant!
What happened today was just a pregnancy test — yes, I’m pregnant. And they also did a blood draw to see what the HCG level is and the Progesterone. I’ll get those numbers tomorrow. But it won’t really mean anything until we take a second blood draw on Thursday to compare the difference. The numbers should basically double every day. So they’re looking for a healthy rise in the HCG level.
There’s no reason to think that my pregnancy won’t be viable, but only time will tell. According to this collection of data, posted on the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago’s website, at my age, there is a 33% chance my pregnancy will end in a miscarriage. Bump the age to 42, which I will be in 1 month, and the rate jumps to 45%. Those aren’t odds that make me very excited.
The doctor gave me the option to have a scan today to look for the heartbeat. I was REALLY torn about what to do! On one hand, if I did the scan and got to see the heartbeat, I would be so happy! Then 2 weeks later when she scanned again, if the heartbeat is gone, at least I would have gotten to see my baby’s heartbeat! On the other hand, if there’s no heartbeat today, it could be too early, since we’re borderline, and I would be heartbroken today. So I chose to not get the scan today so that I can enjoy being pregnant for 2 more weeks until I have my first ultrasound in 2 weeks.
I’m taking it one test at a time. And if things look good on Friday when I get the results from Thursday, I will take it 1 week at a time.