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... or could someone please give me some leads on how to find out about them?<br><br>
I went to the doctor for the standard pregnancy urine test, which was positive. However, since I got pregnant while nursing, she also did a blood test to get some levels.<br><br>
Thing is; I got my period about three months post partum, but I DON'T think that I got pregnant right away. About a month later makes more sense, as I started to feel symptoms then.<br><br>
So, the number she gave me was something like 65,624.4. I thought she was telling me progesterone level but after a little research, that made no sense, so I discovered hCG levels.<br><br>
I am so confused! This does not appear to be a normal level for 4 or even 8 weeks pregnant. With a single fetus, it seems to be normal for 3 months or more. With multiple fetuses.... or should I not even be guessing?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">... or could someone please give me some leads on how to find out about them?<br><br>
I went to the doctor for the standard pregnancy urine test, which was positive. However, since I got pregnant while nursing, she also did a blood test to get some levels.<br><br>
Thing is; I got my period about three months post partum, but I DON'T think that I got pregnant right away. About a month later makes more sense, as I started to feel symptoms then.<br><br>
So, the number she gave me was something like 65,624.4. I thought she was telling me progesterone level but after a little research, that made no sense, so I discovered hCG levels.<br><br>
I am so confused! This does not appear to be a normal level for 4 or even 8 weeks pregnant. With a single fetus, it seems to be normal for 3 months or more. With multiple fetuses.... or should I not even be guessing?</div>
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It looks from this chart that you are around 7-8 weeks pregnant. Does that sound plausible?<br><br>
Guideline to hCG levels during pregnancy:<br>
hCG levels in weeks from LMP (gestational age)* :<br><br>
3 weeks LMP: 5 - 50 mIU/ml<br>
4 weeks LMP: 5 - 426 mIU/ml<br>
5 weeks LMP: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml<br>
6 weeks LMP: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml<br>
7 - 8 weeks LMP: 7, 650 - 229,000 mIU/ml<br>
9 - 12 weeks LMP: 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml<br>
13 - 16 weeks LMP: 13,300 - 254,000 mIU/ml<br>
17 - 24 weeks LMP: 4,060 - 165,400 mIU/ml<br>
25 - 40 weeks LMP: 3,640 - 117,000 mIU/ml<br>
Non-pregnant females: <5.0 mIU/ml<br>
Postmenopausal females: <9.5 mIU/ml
 

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Well... technically, since I did not get my period after that first one three months post partum, (I'm now five months...) that could make sense. However, I did not start getting symptoms until about a month ago...<br>
I guess an ultrasound would be the best way to determine?<br><br>
I'm really trying to avoid ultrasounds though... I didn't have any for the last baby.
 

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You could have more than one baby in there too, which can cause the numbers to be higher. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Once you get a little further along they can tell about how far along you are by the height of your uterus. OB's will require a sono to confirm dates but a HB midwife wouldn't.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well... technically, since I did not get my period after that first one three months post partum, (I'm now five months...) that could make sense. However, I did not start getting symptoms until about a month ago...<br>
I guess an ultrasound would be the best way to determine?<br><br>
I'm really trying to avoid ultrasounds though... I didn't have any for the last baby.</div>
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Many folks don't start experiencing symptoms right away. I didn't until 6 weeks or so (other than cramping).<br><br>
Do you have any reason to think you might be pregnant with twins? Does it run in your family?<br><br>
You don't have to have an u/s. I probably would, but I am not against one or two during pregnancy- I just don't like the over use of them or the use of them late in pregnancy to guess the size of the baby. If you do decide to have one, I would wait until you think you are at least 12 weeks, because then you most likely won't have to do an internal one.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Many folks don't start experiencing symptoms right away. I didn't until 6 weeks or so (other than cramping).<br><br>
Do you have any reason to think you might be pregnant with twins? Does it run in your family?<br><br>
You don't have to have an u/s. I probably would, but I am not against one or two during pregnancy- I just don't like the over use of them or the use of them late in pregnancy to guess the size of the baby. If you do decide to have one, I would wait until you think you are at least 12 weeks, because then you most likely won't have to do an internal one.<br><br>
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they are the most accurate at determining due date in the first trimester, so i wouldn't wait too long...the further along you are the more margin of error.
 

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i read a study that if you were nursing when you conceived the chances of twins is higher. now off to find the study...<br><br>
ETA i just googled conceiving twins while nursing. I can't find the actual study, but a lot of sites mention it.
 

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If it were me, I'd have the dating ultrasound. I'm not against 1 or 2 ultrasounds either, or their use in possible complications (they thought I had an ectopic). Then you'll be more comfortable with a "approximate delivery date" and knowing how many babies!
 

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I am now, thank you, freaked out that I might have twins.<br><br>
I had my blood work done yesterday but didn't get any actually numbers. They left a message today that everything was fine but no specifics. I left them a message earlier but they never called back.
 
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