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I read on here all the time that people are rushing out to have blood work done early on... why not just trust the hpt and wait it out for a while? and why opt to have all that done? sounds crazy to me. the only blood work i have done during pregnancy is for the gest. diabetes... which I didn't really want done in the first place. I would keep my child if it had downs so... i don't feel up for that testing either.
 

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My guess for those who have been TTC for awhile (especially via IUI, etc.), the need to know exactly what the numbers are doing can be both reassuring and sometimes necessary (for those with previous m/c, ectopic, PCOS (?), etc.). If I spent tens of thousands of dollars on reproductive assistance, I can only imagine what you've already been through to get to that point, trusting a HPT would be hard-- beta blood tests can tell you if the numbers are doubling, etc.. But, that's not me so I'm just guessing-- anyone TTC'd with IUI and want to chime in, etc.?<br><br>
Funny, but the one test I declined last time was gest diabetes! If you consented to this, I highly doubt that was the only test that was done. You would have had an "OB panel" as well....and much earlier.<br><br>
It's a good idea to have a base line done-- meaning <b>a full "OB panel</b>" that includes things like uric acid & platelets, and iron so you know later on if you get a funky reading, if what was "normal" for you.<br><br>
This also tests for blood type and rh, WBCs, RBCs, rubella titers and etc. Does that ring a bell?<br><br>
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Honestly, I wish I could get some bloodwork myself! I agree with the above - I imagine it could be somewhat reassuring. Alas, I haven't been seeing a doctor or anything up until now, and I won't be seeing one for a while longer.
 

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I can only speak for myself, but I got a beta & progesterone check at 14 and 17 dpo. The progesterone was to make sure my meds were working (I had an LP defect) and the beta was just to make sure that the #'s were doubling.<br><br>
The beta was not "necessary" but my nurse suggested it, and since I was doing the progesterone test I was excited to see the #'s. I was also curious to see if they were really high (can indicate twins) since I was on clomid + twins run in my family, so I have a higher than normal risk.
 

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I've had 2 miscarriages, one in my 13th week, and my second one was at 6 weeks. With my second one my lvls never doubled like they were supposed to do. It's VERY reassuring to know that your numbers are where they are supposed to be. If they aren't....well...., I like to be prepared. In fact I am itching for an ultrasound at 6 weeks to see the heartbeat.<br><br>
Not to mention some problems can be caught early on, before it's too late. Gest. Diabetes can be VERY VERY important. A woman who has gest. Diabetes and doesn't get treatment for it can have an overly large baby, the baby can even be stillborn. There are other issues as well, I've heard of children being born blind or mentally retarded. Not to mention it can endanger the mother's life during the pregnancy AND during labor. It's a good thing to know you have if you DO have it. Like the strep test done before you deliver. If you have it you MUST have the antibiotics during labor or else your baby can become quite ill.<br><br>
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I conceived my 2nd dd after 2.5 years of infertility using progesterone cream. This time around I really want to know what that progesterone level is doing. I had my blood drawn this morning and should have the results tomorrow. I've been doing some reading around the web, and apparently the only kind of preventable miscarriages are those that are caused by low progesterone.<br><br>
I know each pregnancy is different, but I just am kind of assuming that I may naturally be low in progesterone. Dh and I have been trying for over 1.5 years this time, and I just need that reassurance that everything okay, or to know that it is not. I was offered an ultrasound next week at 6 weeks, but I'm going to see how the blood work comes out before I decide if I want to do that. I'm also having pretty consistent pain on the right side, so I may need to rule out an ectopic pregnancy.
 

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Thanks for sticking up for us, Vanessa! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I had beta and progesterone tests. I have PCOS and am at an increased risk of miscarriage, low progesterone, and twins. Perhaps since I'm already seeing an RE (and yes, spending a crap load of money to create cycles), it's just easy to go get the blood work. I couldn't even bring myself to change my siggy until I saw the numbers, so some of us (and our DHs) do need extra reassurance at this point. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I don't think anyone is getting much other than betas and progesterone at this point.
 

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It all depends too on how you conceived. We conceived this time via IVF, so bloodwork just comes with that package.
 

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I had a miscarriage in May and have 4 year old twins so I'm having my hcg/progesterone levels checked this week and then an ultrasound at 7 weeks to confirm that things are going well and that there is only one baby! I don't plan to have any other testing done besides maybe a 20 week ultrasound. I'm sure not everyone would consider any of the things I'm doing medically neccesary but they will put my mind at ease and allow me to relax in a way that I couldn't otherwise.
 

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sorry didn't mean to knock on anyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">)
 
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