Post # 16
A quantitative hCG test is only useful if there is a follow up blood draw 48 hours after the first one to confirm it’s rising appropriately. Unless you’ve had prior losses or are having issues currently (spotting, etc) then most docs won’t even bother with this test at all. That number is very good for 4w5d so I wouldn’t worry too much about having another draw if you are not having concerns about your pregnancy.
Post # 17
I was going to say never, but I did have one blood test done when I first went to the doctor. It was the military doctor so they probably want to be sure, thought it wasn’t my home base either so I don’t even know if they always do a blood test.
Post # 18
My OB tested them once – two tests 48hrs apart – because of a prior early miscarriage, and my endocrinologist did a qual test (just says if you’re pregnant or not, doesn’t give numbers) because he had to know I’m pregnant for sure before adjusting my thyroid meds. Other than that, no one’s checked them since. There isn’t much point after you know you’re pregnant.
Post # 19
I never had my hcg level checked. No reason to.
Post # 20
What she said.
Unless there’s something possibly not so great going on, there’s no reason to have Hcg done. I had mine done like Kld37:
when I was about 7 weeks along because I had some spotting. And then, they have to do at least two tests, 48 hours apart to see if your hCG is increasing as it should.
Also, a note on hCG: at a certain point it no longer doubles(ish) after 48 hours. It’s logical: it can’t go on doing that forever. I had some scary, gushing bleeding at 13 weeks and the ER docs talked about hCG but my OB assured me it would not be helpful.
I only had a urine test from my doctor for my pregnancy, and I have hypothroid (was diagnosed about 7 years ago). You don’t need an hCG blood test because of your thyroid. Your body does use 30% more thyroid hormone during pregnancy, though, so you should ask your doctor about a blood test for your thyroid itself (if that hasn’t already been addressed).
Post # 21
The blood test was to test thyroid function since I’ve had sub-optimal TSH levels for most of my life; my doctor added the hcg test as part of the panel. She wanted to see if pregnancy would stimulate thyroid production but sadly, I’ll need synthroid for at least my first trimester.