Um, What?

Since last Monday, the doctor has been monitoring my hcg values to see where this pregnancy is headed. And now not only am I frustrated, but I’m also confused. Ideally, you want your hcg value to double every two days, and our numbers have been doubling like crazy. We started with an hcg value of 8, then two days later it more than doubled to 57, two days after that it doubled exactly to 115, and then to 308 two days after that. At this point, I don’t know if I should be elated or leery. I mean, by all accounts this appears to be good news, but I really don’t think I can bust out the champagne just yet. A low hcg value typically indicates that there is something wrong with the pregnancy but not always. And I would love to be the exception to the rule here, but who knows if everything is going to end well. However, at this point I think I have to pry my heart open a little more for some hope. My new mantra is going to be “healthy pregnancy, healthy baby.” Maybe if I keep saying that to myself a bazillion times it’ll come true.

4 responses to “Um, What?”

  1. I’ll be excited for you while you wait cautiously!!! This could be awesome !! Best of luck!! Keep us posted!!

    1. Thank you for being excited 🙂 I totally feel l like I can’t quite celebrate yet, but I love the idea of being excited vicariously through others. I really hope this just all works out. Thank you for being so positive!

  2. Hey Dear, I am sorry it’s not clear or obvious right now what’s going on. I know how you feel, I’ve been there! I did lots of research about this when a similar thing happened to me. I found a group of people who were misdiagnosed ectopic and given methotrexate. The lady who runs this group told me that slow rising hCG levels after IVF can happen because of late implantation. So if your numbers are not exactly where they expect them to be but you are doubling – and you are NOT in pain – you should wait and see it really could be a viable pregnancy. There is a chance however that it could be ectopic.I know that it is hard to wait and have no clarity.
    I have a spreadsheet I put together for tracking hCG levels showing progress over time and what your rates are. I’d be happy to email you a copy- just send me an email
    Big hugs for you X

    1. Thanks Dani. Definitely the next step for us to see if it is ectopic. I really hope not, but I suppose you can’t rule out anything at this point. I have seriously been wondering about low hcg values, and whether or not it is typical after a FET. I would love to see your spreadsheet, I’ll email you right now . . . and thank you for offering up the information!

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