(Closed) how often did you get your hcg tested?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: how often did you get your hcg tested?
    maybe once : (9 votes)
    31 %
    only a couple times throughout my whole pregnancy : (9 votes)
    31 %
    fairly regularly - like every couple weeks : (0 votes)
    other/explain : (11 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 16
    3755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    2554 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    9544 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I never had my hcg level checked. No reason to. 

    Post # 20
    2211 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    2monthweddingplanner:  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

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    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).

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