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Okay, now reading all these posts is getting me a little anxious. I haven't had a beta test done. I dont' get in to see my doctor until the 21st. I've read about the prog. levels, and am just really starting to freak out. I would like to think that nothing will go wrong, but let's face it- who knows?<br><br>
Should I call my doctor and demand a beta test before my visit? How long did it take for you to get your results back? I'm just wondering if it would be a week before I knew something, or is it more like a day? If it's a week, then I may as well wait for my visit. But seriously, what could she do? I am taking prenatals every day, eating reasonably well, and just taking care of myself as best I can.<br><br>
Just dumb.<br><br>
As if there aren't enough things to worry about. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
What I need to do is get in bed and go to sleep. Can anyone help reassure me? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Most women who have betas & progesterone levels run have risk factors. I have some risk factors, had an early appointment, and had my progesterone checked, but I didn't have my betas checked. I think it is totally normal to not get those numbers checked unless there is reason to be concerned about them.<br><br>
If you don't have risk factors, be glad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And my advice is that you should assume everything is fine. I know it's hard to do, but the odds are definitely in your favor.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I am sorry you are up worrying.<br><br>
I did not get betas or my progesterone tested. The betas are done just as a reassurance that the pregnancy is definitely progressing. nono explained the progesterone testing. Even with all the testing the research on low progesterone is not very conclusive. There is a chance that low progesterone indicates a problem, but there are women with low progesterone that have healthy full term infants.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I am sorry you are up worrying.<br><br>
I did not get betas or my progesterone tested. The betas are done just as a reassurance that the pregnancy is definitely progressing. nono explained the progesterone testing. Even with all the testing the research on low progesterone is not very conclusive. There is a chance that low progesterone indicates a problem, but there are women with low progesterone that have healthy full term infants.</div>
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Yep. And progesterone supplementation is not actually proven to increase the odds of carrying a baby to term, even in women with low progesterone levels.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yep. And progesterone supplementation is not actually proven to increase the odds of carrying a baby to term, even in women with low progesterone levels.</div>
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I originally wrote that in there, but I did not want all the mamas doing progesterone supplementation to get worried. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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i got mine tested on friday with my regular primary care doc. They were done by the end of the day - but of course they didnt even know what the numbers meant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I like to over analyze everything and freak myself out - so i kinda needed to know. If it would make you feel better - than by all means insist.<br><br>
Im not planning on getting any ultrasounds and will prob decline doppler use, so until the baby is actually moving im sure until then ill go in for a coupl e more betas.
 

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I just had my 3rd beta yesterday (results on Monday). Judging from my 3 previous pregnancies, my doctor as a rule doesn't run betas unless you have a really good reason for it, like infertility or a history of miscarriage. Considering I have PCOS and had 3 miscarriages, I'm THRILLED I'm getting mine done. But if this were my first pregnancy I definitely wouldn't have.
 

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If you don't have a history of m/c or any current bleeding, you don't need to bother with betas. The only time I've ever had one done is when I had a BFP at home several months ago, and got a negative urine test in the doctor's office at what was supposed to be my 6 week appt. He ran hcg quant and prog test. My hcg was less than 1, and I think the BFP at home was a false positive or maybe I'd had a chemical preg that still had some residual hcg in my system.<br><br>
I've never had hcg or prog tested in my last 2 pregnancies and won't in this one either, unless I start spotting or something.<br><br>
Btw, that hcg and prog test that was run several months ago... the lab charged my insurance $240!! So they're not cheap tests. I think the prog was $140 and the hcg was $100. I was really surprised at that. So I won't be getting those tests unless I really need them, even though I don't directly pay for them (I would end up paying for them via higher insurance premiums eventually).
 

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Thanks so much, ladies. I'm so glad that I posted. It really helps put my mind at ease. It's my first- so, you know... worry, worry, worry.<br><br>
I just want to hear my doctor say,<br>
Yep, lady, you've got a bun in that oven!!!
 
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