Post # 1
I am trying to remain calm cause I know only more tests and my doctor will be able to give me answers, but I just need to get it out to the hive.
I am currently about 6 weeks pregnant. Last Thursday we went for our first appointment and they did a ultrasound and everything looked good. No heartbeat yet (we were at 5 weeks) but yolk sac was nice and round and all else seemed fine. Blood was taken for all kinds of test and I was to go in on Sat. to have more blood taken to make sure hcg levels were increasing. Lab was closed when I tried to go so decided I would go in on Monday morning. On Sunday I had some very light brownish spotting. Went for blood test Monday morning and called doctor to find out about spotting. They made an appointment for me that afternoon to do another ultrasound. Again, everything looked good and this time we could even see a teeny tiny flutter of a heartbeat; however, it was difficult to see and very close to the wall. Sigh of relief!
Then, Tuesday, I get a call from the doctor with the results of the HCG test and levels have gone up but not doubled and she wants me to repeat the test Wednesday morning. So, I go in Wed. and ask for rushed results (I can’t stand waiting another 24 hours!). The results come back in the afternoon and again, HCG levels have gone up, but not doubled. She wants me to get another test on Friday (tomorrow).
In the mean time I have been VERY sick this week with a horrible cold/cough (been in bed for 2 days) and the spotting has continued every day this week (still pretty light). I can rationalize away the HCG levels not doubling and the spotting (these are both things that CAN happen during pregnancy and you can go on to have a healthy baby in the end). The problem is that in conjunction with these things I have also had a major reduction in pregnancy “symptoms”. My boobs feel like they have pretty much gone back to normal (bye bye perky teen boobs) and the nausea I’ve been experiencing over the last couple weeks is pretty much gone. So, needless to say, I have some concerns and all I can really do is wait to get blood tested again tomorrow.
Anyone have anything similar happen to them? What was the outcome?
Post # 3
I had a friend who went through this exact same thing, and unfortunately, the only thing you can do is wait and see. I know that’s not helpful advice, but it could be anything.
To try to make you feel better, the friend who had the spotting and the decrease in pregnancy symptoms had to go through this through almost her entire first trimester. At one point, she had so much blood that she was sure she miscarried. They never could pinpoint exactly why she bled so much, but she just gave birth to a healthy baby boy on 11/24. So it is still possible to have a healthy pregnancy with all of this going on, but unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing anything until time goes by and your test results come back.
I’m saying a little prayer for you that you and the baby are ok and everything turns out fine in the end. So sorry you’re going through this stress right now!
Post # 4
@2PeasinaPod: Thank you! That helps.
Post # 5
I have never been through what you are right now, but I am praying for you and baby that everything will be okay and this is just a small hiccup in your pregnancy. Keep us updated.
Post # 6
I’m so sorry. I know what it feels like to be so worried and scared.
My situation is totally different so don’t panic. I miscarried last summer, but MY HCG levels went DOWN during the 48 hr tests. The fact that yours are going up, albeit not doubling, sounds more promising. Also, from what I’ve heard, seeing/hearing the heartbeat is a GREAT sign!! I was never far along to get that far, as I was supposed to see the doctor for my first visit the next week.
Try not to worry as I’ve read that the hormones don’t always double. I hope your next blood test tomorrow gives great results!! Hang in there. 🙂
Post # 7
You could buy/rent a fetal doppler – I don’t know anyone who’s done this and you might be a little earlier for it to detect the heartbeat right now but I think you can find some that are fairly affordable and they might help to alleviate some worries for the rest of pregnancy. Hope your baby is doing well.
Post # 8
@troubled: I wouldn’t try the doppler- my doctor didn’t even try using the doppler on me till the end of the first trimester, and it’s very easy to do it wrong at home and just make yourself more worried!
Post # 9
I agree with Jenn23..it sounds promising. I know every situation is different. When I had mine (I didn’t know I was pregnant) I had really intense cramps for 2 days and I never ever ever cramp. I thought because of my PCOS and my cycle being messed up that it was just the uterus clearing out extra build up. But TMI coming up: one time I went to the bathroom and feel this intense pressure and cramp and passed a huge clot..or what I thought was a clot.
Hopefully tomorrows test will show the levels going up.
Post # 10
I had a MC in August/September. The sypmtoms are hard to rationalize away. My boobs didn’t go back to normal until 2 weeks afterwards. Accompanying the spotting should be MAJOR double you over sick to your stomach cramps and the spotting is HEAVY (more like clots and this is WAY TMI but they will be bigger than a golf ball). I know everyone is different but I spent hours and hours a day trying to figure what was wrong with me, and trying to talk myself out of what was happening but you can’t.
I took a test every morning and evening and they got lighter and lighter and lighter until it finally showed negative. You could try that?
Post # 11
I am just throwing this out there but I had my period (very light, like spotting) 3 months into being pregnant but still, going to the doctor is always the best thing to do, I hope all is well.
Post # 12
I think everything sounds promising but I will keep you and your baby in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us updated! I’m sorry I don’t have any information to make you feel better other than knowing a lot of people are caring for you and hoping that everything will be just fine.
Post # 13
@troubled: Dopplers can’t really be used until around 12 weeks. I had one for a few months and while it took me a while to find the heartbeat the first time I was able to find it easily after I knew where to look (it was at the top of my pubic bone and I thought it would be too low but I was able to find the horse galloping sound the doc had).
Post # 14
@MzMarzipan: I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I know it’s hard, but all you can do is wait. It’s what I’m doing with Wombat throughout my entire pregnancy. It’s scary and I’m here if you want to talk.
Post # 15
I don’t have anything constructive to add regarding pregnancy itself, but I just wanted to wish you all the best and say that I’m praying everything turns out all right for you and the baby. 🙂
Post # 16
@StbHisMrs: That’s a horrible experience, i’m so sorry :-(. But, it should be said that not everyone’s symptoms are that severe. Like with everything medical, there is a range, and one data point does not a conclusion make. Only her doctor can decide what is happening!