me, dd1, dd2, ds, and #4 due March 1. dbf has 2 of his own, so it will be an adventure!
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Maybe someone else has a better explanation, but that's what I got from her experience.
If someone experiences bleeding and suspects miscarriage, then the OB will usually check the levels every couple days. If they are going down that means the person is miscarrying. If they are not doubling correctly early on, then they keep a closer eye on it. At a certain level - I think like 6000 or 7000 or so, you are able to see something on the ultrasound.
I wasn't planning on getting my levels checked myself, despite my history, but I started having on and off cramping and some of my symptoms seemed to go away, so now I am planning on getting my progesterone checked. (Sometimes too low progesterone can cause miscarriage). I don't know if you can check the progesterone separate from the hcg.
Busy Mom raising 5 kiddos, 7, 6, 5, 2 and a brand new bundle!! (5/15/11)
This time my doc took my word for it, and will provide care without asking for blood first.
I've had two miscarriages, and the one when the industry 'helped' me was far worse. I found that the trip to the ER and the drugs provided did more harm to me than good. With the new doc, I called to say I was miscarrying, and she said to rest and drink water, and that unless the bleeding went crazy, I'd be all set. She didn't even require a visit.
with my son (who is now 3)...i didn't have them checked at all. but this new little bean took a long time to conceive, possibly because my progesterone has been on the low side (we discovered a few months ago when i did some bloodwork to check thyroid and some other stuff.) anyway, so i wanted to get my progesterone checked and the doc added on the hcg test. it was tense waiting for the results though now things look fine and i don't need to supplement progesterone.
anyway...i liked it much better before when i didn't get all worried about that stuff. so surely don't drag yourself into the world of hcg/progesterone level worries without good reason!!!!!
Honestly, I rather not have the hcg check. It's very nerve wracking and it's not like you can prevent a miscarriage if it's going to happen.
Mama to 5 (b17,b11,b9,g6,b4)
Our Final Addition arriving in Mid June 2014