Is it a chemical?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m so sorry you’re going through this 🙁

I’ve taken a quick glance at online info, and it seems to me that hCG levels can rise during a chemical pregnancy.  

However, I find it strange that your doctor didn’t automatically retake the test a couple of days later, since 127 can be perfectly normal, but you can only really get a sense of the situation by comparing it to another test 48 hours later.  According to americanpregnancy.org, at 5 weeks after LMP, hCG levels can range from 18 – 7,340 mIU/ml.

Can you get your doctor to do an US to check your uterus before the D&C?  I think that will take you past 6 weeks and you could probably see if anything is there by that point.  Also, another hCG test couldn’t hurt at that point either.  I have read that hCG levels don’t necessarily have to double, and some women have ‘slow starters’ that catch up later on, so your numbers could potentially be over 1000 past week 6. Also, hCG levels in early pregnancy usually double every 2-3 days with an increase of at least 60% in every two days, but this depends on the individual woman and whether she is carrying one or more embryos.  How she as an individual responds to pregnancy and how her body reacts is entirely unique (http://www.huggies.com.au/pregnancy/early-stages/symptoms/hcg-levels/chart/).  

I don’t want to give you false hope, but I’m thinking that until you start bleeding, there’s still a chance.  Doctor’s aren’t always correct in their initial assessments.

A normal pregnancy may have low hCG levels and result in a perfectly healthy baby. The results from an ultrasound after 5-6 weeks gestation are much more accurate than using hCG numbers.

FX for you!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Tarsier90:  I’ve had two chemicals/ early losses. Both had progressing tests that got darker but slowly, and then stopped progressing, and then started regressing.  The stop/ regress happened around 5.5 weeks both times. The bleeding didn’t come for several more days in both of my cases, or around 6 weeks.  They still call it a chemical because there was never a confirmed heartbeat, but   I hate that I went 2 weeks thinking I was pregnant, having full blown symptoms, changing my behaviors around pregnancy, etc. It’s not the same as someone getting a faint line one day and their period the next, so I feel where you’re coming from.  I’m very sorry this is happening to you. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I had a chemical that happened only a day or 2 after my period was supposed to show. It might be a blighted ovum which means something is developing in there, but very slowly and it will not develop into a viable pregnancy. Eventually you will miscarry but there’s no way to tell how long it will take. An ultrasound should be performed before a D&C just to be sure. Stranger things have happened and you just never know, better off to check.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m sorry you’re going through this. It is possible to have an early loss and still have HCG levels that inititally went up. I did not start bleeding until 6w4d I believe, and my HCG was at 7 by that point. I would insist on another blood draw and/or US before having a D&C.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Tarsier90:  Unfortunately, I agree that it sounds like an early loss. Going up 50 in a week isn’t good, and my guess would be that it actually went up higher and is on its way down. I also can’t believe that your doctor didn’t do a second beta — the one doesn’t mean much without the other, other than just confirming the pregnancy. I really hope you don’t have to have a D&C.  I’ve had chemicals (very early miscarriages), so I can also relate to the devistation, especially while you’re waiting for something to happen. For me, it was bad cramps (but not unbearable), and it was like a heavy period.  It might be lighter for you, if your pregnancy stopped progressing earlier.  I’m so sorry you’re going through this, and please join the TTC after Miscarriage thread if you’d like to talk to other ladies who are going/have gone through this. It’s more of a support group than a straight TTC thread.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Tarsier90:  i went through this less than 2 weeks ago (and posted about it on the boards) but everything happened very fast. faint BFP to a nearly invisible BFP on the day my period was due. Period came 2 days late with unbearbale cramping that brought me to the ER. Took me about a week and a couple of days to recover and feel completely back to normal, even though it all happened very early. I know how hard it is, and really hope that maybe by some fluke you are not experiencing the same thing. I only thought I was pregnant for 2 days (and had symptoms, including bad morning sickness) and we were on cloud 9. It’s so disappointing to then realize it’s not viable. Next time I won’t be testing so early :S… All that to say, good luck and keep us posted.

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