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Is it possible to monitor Hcg levels at home?

I have just found out that I am pregnant with my first child. My husband and I have been trying for a few months so we are very excited. However, my three best friends and my husbands's ex-wife all miscarried on their first pregnancy. I'm so scared to do the same. (My husband keeps telling me that most women miscarry on their first pregnancy... But my OB doctor said only about 20% do... And I say only with a bit of apprehension because that is a high number that has probably caused so many people lots of heartache and I dont't want to join them) From what I understand the doctors monitor your Hcg levels to make sure they increase considerably at each appointment, at least during your first trimester. Is there a way of monitoring this at home? I keep taking pregnancy tests everyday to make sure they show up positive. They do, and the line has gotten considerably darker in the last few days. I'm using three different brands, and a digital test to reassure myself. I'm only 3 weeks and 5 days according to my doctor so I have what seems like an eternity to get past this first trimester and feel a little more at ease. I also don't want to be this stressed about it because I know it can't be good for the baby. Can anyone PLEASE tell me if there is any way to monitor this on my own, at home.
Thank you in advance for any advice!
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replied July 1st, 2012
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The urine pregnancy test kits rarely give false positive results and if the tests have shown positive results (even faint positive), it is likely that you are pregnant. However, the test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). The test results should be read within the specified time to avoid false readings (evaporation lines can give appearance of positive test). If you are worried about miscarriage, and if pregnancy has been confirmed, consider getting serial HCG levels estimated. Doubling up of the hormone levels in 48-72 hours will show that pregnancy is going on smoothly. If levels are not adequate, then external hormonal supplements would be considered to be started to help you in preventing miscarriage. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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