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By my calculations I am 7.5 weeks pregnant. According to the sonographer's measurements I was 5-6 weeks pregnant a week ago. An utrasound has shown the fetal pole (3.7mm) gestational sac (mean diameter 18.7mm) yolk sac and heartbeat. However, I am concerned by my HCG levels. They are as follows (taken irregularly I'm afraid):
22 April 2300
24 April 8012
28 April 9300
5 May 26320.
As you can see, they are not doubling as fast as is ideal. Please tell me, do you think these figures are worrying? Am I likely to miscarry? I have had no pain, spotting or ominous symptoms.
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replied May 12th, 2009
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One website warns: Caution must be used in making too much of hCG numbers. A normal pregnancy may have low hCG levels and result in a perfectly healthy baby. The results from an ultrasound after 5 - 6 weeks gestation are much more accurate than using hCG numbers.
this is the normal range:
7 - 8 weeks LMP: 7, 650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
So, you are within the normal range.

Why are you so concerned with the HCG levels? Have you had a miscarriage before? Is this your first pregnancy?
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replied May 13th, 2009
Hi deteragram, I've had one miscarriage and one stillbirth, but that's not the reason I'm so worried. It's just that I find it hard to get all excited and happy about things that are out of my control - like a pregnancy. I noticed that my numbers were doubling slower than the websites say they should. But as they are high numbers I don't know if it's normal for them to have started slowing down by now. If I'm destined for miscarriage this time, I'd like to know it. That way I won't get all my hopes up and be too disappointed. Thanks for your answer. I feel a lot better now.
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replied May 13th, 2009
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I'm sorry you've had such a tough time of it. Here's hoping you have a full term, healthy pregnancy and baby.
Good luck.
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