Post # 1
I got my first blood tests earlier this week and they posted the results on my online chart today but none of the tests say anything about my hcg levels which is what I was looking for. They tested for alot of other things like stds, drugs, abnormalities but no hcg levels. Is that what the first blood test usually consists of?
Post # 2
newbie1123 : yes pretty much. The doctor only tests for hcg levels if they have concerns or if you have some sort of history of losses.
Post # 3
newbie1123 : They tested all this, plus HCG levels for me. All the things mentioned are standard, don’t feel offended!
I’m wondering if they took your HCG (it’s usually how they confirm after a positive home pregnancy test) and you’re missing it or its on another report. You can probably call and ask for it or just ask for the test if they really didn’t test you.
Post # 4
Nope. They never did a blood HCG test with my standard my pregnancy labs with either of my pregnancies UNLESS I had concerns (I spotted early on with my son so they ran them). It’s totally normal to not do them.
Post # 5
Home pregnancy tests are remarkably accurate so unless there was some concern or doubt there isnt much reason to get a blood one done.
Post # 6
my first blood test was for stds, blood type and rubella immunisation status. I then had serial beta hcg tests done, every second day for a week when my sonographer couldn’t see anything on a dating scan (later found out the embryo was in my tube)
Post # 7
Nope, don’t need hcg to confirm pregnancy. A urine test is very accurate. Speak up and have a discussion with your doctor if you have questions about test results or why something wasn’t included with a test. Your blood work sounds pretty standard but it’s important to be informed and your own advocate going forward through pregnancy.
Post # 8
I don’t think they always test HCG. How far along are you?
I only had mine tested waaaay early and that was due to a previous MC.
Post # 9
Mine were the same, standard blood testing for hiv/std’s, hemoglobin, blood type, white blood cell count, rubella, etc. no HCG testing at all for me.
Post # 10
I don’t think my doctor ever tested mine, or at least never mentioned it. I called and said I got a bunch of BFPs and when I went in, they tested me for Save-The-Date Cards and did a pap, which I was overdue for. I was like “don’t you need to do a blood test to confirm I’m pregnant” and the nurse was like “if you got a positive at home, you’re pregnant” and that was that!