descent2madness (descent2madness) wrote in vaginapagina,

Slow rising HCG concern

I had HCG levels drawn at 4w5d (2514) and 5w0d (3002) which obviously didn't double. I had an ultrasound at 5w0d as well, all due to some spotting and cramping. Ultrasound was fine, showed a gestational sac measuring 5w with a "possible yolk sac", no cardiac activity and no fetal pole (normal for 5w).

The spotting has subsided, as has the cramping for the most part but I'm concerned about my HCG. Doc was mildly concerned, but since the US was measuring on schedule, we chose not to repeat HCG and wait for an ultrasound at about 8w (booked for 7w6d). A decision I'm very much starting to regret and I'll probably call tomorrow and ask him to write up a couple more requs, because the wait is driving me up the wall.

Looking for some reassurance (especially success stories and medical lit) that things may turn out okay for us over here.

ETA: Could being more well hydrated for the second draw have affected the results? I drank 1L of water before the second test because of the ultrasound whereas I don't think I'd had anything to drink but a cup of tea before the first one.

Edit2: weird news...betas yesterday (Dec 4) were just over 5100 (did not double in a full week) but on ultrasound, there was a 3mm fetus with a strong heartbeat. I don't know what's going on, but I'm staying cautiously optimistic! This whole pregnancy thing is a roller coaster of emotion.
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