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#1 of 2 Old 02-28-2014, 09:12 AM - Thread Starter
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My last pregnancy I had really low progesterone levels and was on prometrium and injections until around 25 weeks pregnant.  I had tried to go off a few times but my levels always dropped lower than what he preferred to see so I'd have to start up on them again.  This pregnancy I have a different doctor who is just sort of like, "yeah, take them for a few more weeks and then stop." I'm nervous about just stopping because I know last pregnancy when I did, they were still low for a few more weeks and then finally when I went off and tested again later, they were still good.  So I'm not comfortable with her not monitoring it better. I'd like to have an idea myself then of what are good levels at different weeks during pregnancy.  My old OB followed the "zones of pregnancy" using naprotechnology but the chart online of that is too small to see well and when enlarged it gets blurry. Anyone else given specific info on levels throughout the pregnancy?  Oh, and if relevant, I've had 2 miscarriages which is why it has been monitored so closely.  

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I took progesterone this pregnancy until 11 weeks, and had two miscarriages last year (no living children).  I rechecked the levels myself after stopping and they were in the lowish range according to the lab, and in zone 2 according to the Napro chart.  I decided I couldn't deal with that level of stress with monitoring without compelling evidence that it actually works, and I didn't want to be taking the supplement anymore if I didn't need to.  Napro says they have studied it, but they don't say what those charts are based on, and only provide anecdotes which aren't terribly convincing either.  I am super interested in this area of information, but it just doesn't seem to be growing.  If they could make a clearer distinction between progesterone levels that are problematic and those that aren't, that would be nice.  However, I know women who have had successful pregnancies with low progesterone throughout.  It just isn't well understood, and I didn't want to perpetuate any feelings of "needing" a technology when I likely did not.  So far so good at 21 weeks, but I can't say I'm not still nervous.  The placenta should be making plenty of progesterone though, and there is really no reason it wouldn't, unless the pregnancy wasn't doing well.

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