Post # 1
How many of you had your pregnancy confirmed via blood draw after your BFP but prior to your first ‘official’ prenatal appointment? I don’t go to the doctor for another couple of weeks and I’m living in Anxiety Land! I called my dr’s office to schedule a beta today because I’m very curious about my HCG levels and they said no, it wasn’t necessary. I gave them my reasons – my mom had many miscarriages, I’m losing my mind due to anxiety, I work at a women’s hospital so I’ve seen every kind of miscarriage/early pregnancy loss there is – and they still said no.
So what gives? Is this normal? And where else can I get one done?
Post # 3
@ellebeerob: I did but only because I had a previous MC immediately before this pregnancy. I don’t think they would do it if you have a normal pregnancy history. At least, my doctor will not.
Post # 4
They checked mine when I went for the urine test – they did the HCG and Progesterone levels. I had no known issues – I guess it’s standard at my doc. I’m glad they checked though b/c she said my progesterone was a bit low, so she put me on supplements through week 12. The Dr. said it was most likely nothing, but wanted to be safe than sorry.
Post # 5
@ellebeerob: I work with an OB once per month, and she does not draw an HCG level unless it is indicated by possible threatened abortion, such as significant cramping, spotting, etc. Congrats again on your BFP! If you really want one, I’d go to an urgent care asking for one?
Post # 6
Mine doesn’t typically do them, but because I wanted the pregnancy confirmed that way, they did 1. They only did a 2nd when I went in because of some right side pain that I had been having. (Turned out to be a cyst causing the pain.)
Post # 7
I have not had a blood draw. At my first OB appt (yesterday – at about 6w4d), they confirmed with a urine test. No mention of blood being drawn until the NT testing at 11-13 weeks.
Post # 8
I had never heard of anyone in real life getting a HCG level draw before the Bee. I think they only do them if they suspect there might be a problem. If everything seems normal, POAS is all you get!
Post # 9
I had two HCG level tests, which seems to be the standard procedure at my doctor’s office. But maybe they only did it because I had seen the RE before I got pregnant, who knows?
With the first test, they wanted me to call the next day and when I did, they just told me that I was indeed pregnant and that it was “very early”. With the second one, they told me that they would call me if anything was wrong. They never told me the actual numbers.
Since you work at a women’s hospital, can you get it done there, maybe?
Post # 10
i agree with the other posters; it doesn’t seem like standard procedure. because i was seeing an RE before my BFP, i’ve had three betas this week. i haven’t heard of others getting betas when not working with an RE. hang in there!
Post # 11
They wouldn’t do it for me either, even though I asked them to. Then at 5-6 weeks when I was spotting they went right to an ultrasound rather than a blood draw.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Mine never bothered – but I was such a high strung mess that my IVF clinic felt sorry for me, and went ahead and did one. Then I proceeded to freak out over the numbers. If we get pregnant again, I don’t think I’ll bother!
Post # 13
@ellebeerob: I didn’t even get the official blood draw to confirm. When my POAS came out positive I called and made my appointment. I was 4 weeks at the time and the appointment was for 9 weeks. At 5 weeks i had serious pain/cramping and they did an hcg blood draw two days to compare (is that beta?) only because they suspected it was ectopic. Luckily it wasn’t. I can completely understand your anxiety, though. I think that’s normal and we all get a little crazy wanting confirmation. If you are exposed regularly to the types of things that can go wrong, you’re probably a little more likely to worry, but don’t! The chances are, everything will be just fine 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
My OB has only ever checked the status of my pregnancy with a urine test. They refused to see me until 12 weeks. In the meantime, I just had to be nervous.
Post # 15
As soon as I got my BFP at home, I called the doctor for an appointment.
They checked the HCG and Progesterone levels immediately. I was 4-5 weeks at the time.
I had no known issues – other than being unsure of date of conception due to irregular cyles. I’m glad they checked as my progesterone was low, and had to be put on supplements.
The HCG was checked twice, two days apart to check that it was increasing at the correct levels.
Post # 16
Out of my 4 pregnancies I only had them done when I was bleeding and had other complications. I requested it with this pregnancy just because I was so nervous after my miscarriage. They were kind enough to do it, but it defianately is not standard. They typically don’t even confirm a positivie test, if you have one at home that is as accurate as their tests.