Post # 1
So my TTC mission finally was successful and I have now had 3 blood tests to confirm my HCG levels are rising. I had my final today and did not get the results I and the doctor were hoping for. Should I start to worry or do you think there is still a chance? According to my doctor, they want to see double or more every 48 hours. Today, that did not happen. I am so scared that this pregnancy is not going to make it. Any advice or stories of success?
12/28/2017 – 4w1d @ 190
1/2/2018 – 4w6d @ 1243
1/4/2018 – 5w1d @ 2016
Post # 2
They don’t always double. I had two pregnancies, one a missed miscarriage and one my perfectly healthy daughter. Neither time did my values double. With the miscarriage, they actually went down. Obviously I can’t tell you not worry, because in early pregnancy anything can happen. I would ask for them to take another blood draw in like 3 days, and then maybe an ultrasound at 6-7 weeks to look for a heartbeat. I think the only thing that will ease your worry is seeing the numbers continue to go up or see that little heartbeat flickering.
Post # 3
My HCG levels did not quite double early on, and I am nearly 28 weeks along now. I would try to relax a bit and think positively unless you have another reason to be concerned. I know it’s diffucult! Good luck!
Post # 4
I’m kinda surprised your doctor was so doom & gloom about this. As I understand it, as long as HCG is doubling within 72 hours that’s still considered normal, which it looks like yours would be on track to do. This website has more information: http://americanpregnancy.org/while-pregnant/hcg-levels/
I’m sorry you’re dealing with this stress!
Post # 5
pearlrose : Yeah, they are doing the ultrasound on Thursday next week. This is going to be a loooong week 🙂
AORiver15 : well that helps. I keep reading that most do not double, so I am not sure why the doctors/nurses scare moms. They should be honest but no worry them.
tiffanybruiser : Thanks for the website. I will look into it. I didnt think the numbers were bad and everything that I am reading, I am way in the normal range. I wish doctors/nurses had better communication skills.
Post # 6
The whole “doubling” thing is just a very rough guideline and the development of a pregnancy isn’t always linear so as long as your numbers are increasing in reasonable amounts then I think you’re probably ok.
Post # 7
Kemma : that’s what I am hoping for. I just hate that they make you worry. And everything is about numbers.
Post # 8
KHane4216 : doubling needs to happen between 48 and 72 hours in most cases. Not 48 or it’s doomed. With my first pregnancy my numbers didn’t double in 3 days and it was a miscarriage. With my second pregnancy they did double within 2 days and he is 3 now. With my third pregnancy my doubling time ranged from 50 to 56 hours and I’m 39 + 1 now 🙂 there are lots of doubling time calculators on the net you can check out. Try not to worry:)
Post # 9
KHane4216 : they look veryyyyy close to double? Did you get the tests at different times of day? I think after 1000 it tends to stop doubling anyway.
Post # 10
pink.lemonade : they are close but not there yet. The tests were done close to each other. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and just wait for the ultrasound
Post # 11
Similar to what others have said, I read that once hcg reaches 1200 it takes longer than 48 hours to double.
Post # 12
After 1200 it can take 48-96 hours to double. It could have increased the rest of the way to the doubled number hours after the test.
Ask for another draw before the ultrasound if you’re worried. But I wouldn’t be worried.
There’s an hCG calculator you can put your info in to see how many hours it’s taking to double.
The one I used, but there are a few:
So it looks like doubling every 69 hours after 1200, which is completely normal from everything I’ve read, and have been told.
Post # 13
MsPlucky : thank you for that information. I really did not think I was that off. I think I may need to find a new doctor, just hate the have no emotion.