Pregnant after a Loss

Low HCG at 4 weeks?

My RE drew a beta yesterday. According to my dates and chart, I would have been 3w6d. The level was 15. But a few hours prior to having my blood drawn, I turned three pregnancy tests positive (a clear blue digital, a first response digital, and a regular first response). I don't understand this. Wouldn't my HCG have to be at least 20-25 to turn those tests positive? Anyone with positive stories for a low starting level?
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Re: Low HCG at 4 weeks?

  • I don't have any experience with this, but if you lurk on the PAIF board you will see a few women currently going through this. At least one woman started in the low 20's and has had them double and had at least one good ultrasound. Good luck to you!
  • Thank you, I'll go check it out. 
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  • I don't have personal experience with that, but I've read plenty of stories of women who had low or HCG levels that didn't double and went into have healthy pregnancies. You could always ask to have a second draw to see if it doubles. 
  • I'm having a second draw tomorrow morning. And she already told me to expect a third on Saturday. 
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  • That was me! The day of my beta test I turned a clear blue digital and my beta came back at 19! I'm 26w1d now - fx you get the same outcome! It could be that baby implanted late.
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    BFP2 6/12/15 - EDD 2/22/16 (D/C 10w3d)
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    Diagnoses and Treatments
    PCOS (myo-inositol, excercize)
    Indeterminant levels of APS IgM antibodies (baby aspirin)
    Sub-septate uterus (hysteroscopic septoplasty 12/18/15)
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    BFP3 05/02/16 EDD 01/09/17 DS born 01/05/17
    BFP4 01/28/19 EDD 10/?/19 🤞🙏

  • @ceclarlinetlo, thanks for the positive story!  I hadn't a temperature dip a week ago, so I don't think I ovulated or implanted late, which worries me. I guess only time will tell. 
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  • Clearblue digital detect hcg as low as 10. 
  • My first draw at 3w4d was only 18.6. They more than doubled on the next two draws so so far all is well! I was worried too though- even the nurse said well that's really low but they have to start somewhere, right?! 
  • With my now 15 week old daughter I had low numbers (started at 22) and didn't double correctly. She's perfectly healthy! My ob says not everyone is text book. Best wishes!
  • THanks for the uplifting "been there, done that" stories. I'm feeling positive. Only time will tell, but I'm confident things are going to be fine. Thanks ladies!
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  • Good update! Thinking if you.

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  • Great to hear! As longs as they are at least doubling that awesome!!!
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  • Awesome! You more than doubled! I'm sure the nurse has to be cautious, too. She can't go and give you hope if it's not her place. But the numbers seem to be speaking for themselves. Pulling for you! 
  • @a2003tiger thanks for asking this. We have almost identical numbers right now and I'm in a frenzy after 3 losses. Friday I was 15. Today I'm 38.5. 

    My RE was cautious since he likes to see over 50 at dpIUI 14, but all of you ladies are giving me hope right now 
    BFP #1: 1.22.16                 MMC: 2.29.16 ( tetrasomy 11, partial deletion 1, XXX) D&C: 3.2.16
    BFP #2: 4.14.16                 CP: 4.17.16
    BFP #3: 6.10.2016             CP: 6.17.16
    RE appt: 6.27.2016- saline sono all clear
    Progenity: + carrier Tay-Sachs, Gaucher's, hemachromatosis. DH: carrier Alpha 1 anti-trypsin
    PCOS, hypothyroid, MTHFR, hx of LEEP in 2006
    Clomid + TI Cycle #1: 50mg Trigger 8.24.2016- BFN
    Clomid 75mg + IUI#1 9.25.2016- BFP #4 10/6
    Beta #1 15   Beta #2 38    Beta #3- 71     beta #4 171   Beta # 5- 21  Natural MC 10/21
    HSG- clear
    IVF Jan 2017
    Egg Retrieval 1.22.17: 32 eggs retrieved,29 mature, 24 fertilized, 14 to blastocyst for biopsy
    PGS results: 4 PGS normal 2 XX, 2 XY
    FET: 3.13.2017 for 2 PGS embryos
    Beta#1: 3.24.2017......... 78; Beta # 2 241; Beta #3 4198
    Baby BOY due 11.29.2017






  • @DungeonTrollMel, when do you go back for another draw? My RE's office just called and gave me the option of coming coming in for another tomorrow, for peace of mind. I declined. I'm feeling good about things,  I'll just wait until my ultrasound in a few weeks. 

    Please feel free to message me sage me if you wan want! It would be nice to have a buddy in the same boat. 
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  • @a2003tiger I go back on Tuesday for a third beta. I don't know where he got the "50" as his expected number since people implant on different days. 

    I actually sat and calculated out betas based on my 35 hour doubling time and they all fall well within expected range going forward so hoping they hold steady 
    BFP #1: 1.22.16                 MMC: 2.29.16 ( tetrasomy 11, partial deletion 1, XXX) D&C: 3.2.16
    BFP #2: 4.14.16                 CP: 4.17.16
    BFP #3: 6.10.2016             CP: 6.17.16
    RE appt: 6.27.2016- saline sono all clear
    Progenity: + carrier Tay-Sachs, Gaucher's, hemachromatosis. DH: carrier Alpha 1 anti-trypsin
    PCOS, hypothyroid, MTHFR, hx of LEEP in 2006
    Clomid + TI Cycle #1: 50mg Trigger 8.24.2016- BFN
    Clomid 75mg + IUI#1 9.25.2016- BFP #4 10/6
    Beta #1 15   Beta #2 38    Beta #3- 71     beta #4 171   Beta # 5- 21  Natural MC 10/21
    HSG- clear
    IVF Jan 2017
    Egg Retrieval 1.22.17: 32 eggs retrieved,29 mature, 24 fertilized, 14 to blastocyst for biopsy
    PGS results: 4 PGS normal 2 XX, 2 XY
    FET: 3.13.2017 for 2 PGS embryos
    Beta#1: 3.24.2017......... 78; Beta # 2 241; Beta #3 4198
    Baby BOY due 11.29.2017






  • yolandamunozyolandamunoz member
    edited October 2016
    Oh dear @DungeonTrollMel I totally understand you worrying. I hope you are feeling better today.

    I haven't had my HCG tested this pregnancy, but I looked into my old tests, and found that the ranges are really huge! Specially when in early pregnancy.

    Then I found this article, that explains this situation:
    https://www.conceivingconcepts.com/learning/articles/hcg_ranges.html

    "Don't get too crazy about HCG numbers. It is extremely difficult at any given time to define what is considered normal or average, especially early on when the 'normal' range is enormous...."

    "Look most closely at the progression: during the huge majority of early pregnancies (80-90%), the level will double every couple of days, or 72 hours. As your pregnancy progresses, levels rise and that doubling time increases."
    >>>>> This doubling numbers, you have that!

    "The following presents some average expected HCG levels based on time after conception:

    • First week: 0-50 mIU/ml    <<< you should be here, that looks right!!
    • 1-2 weeks: 40-300 mIU/ml
    • 3-4 weeks: 500-6,000 mIU/ml"
    I hope this is helpful!
    hugs!
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  • @yolandamunoz you are an absolute sweetheart thank you so much. I actually should be in the 40-300 range since my last draw was dpo14 which is 2 weeks past ovulation I was just shy of that but again, the other numbers all mention 17-117 so my 38.5 is within there. 


    Only time time will tell 
    BFP #1: 1.22.16                 MMC: 2.29.16 ( tetrasomy 11, partial deletion 1, XXX) D&C: 3.2.16
    BFP #2: 4.14.16                 CP: 4.17.16
    BFP #3: 6.10.2016             CP: 6.17.16
    RE appt: 6.27.2016- saline sono all clear
    Progenity: + carrier Tay-Sachs, Gaucher's, hemachromatosis. DH: carrier Alpha 1 anti-trypsin
    PCOS, hypothyroid, MTHFR, hx of LEEP in 2006
    Clomid + TI Cycle #1: 50mg Trigger 8.24.2016- BFN
    Clomid 75mg + IUI#1 9.25.2016- BFP #4 10/6
    Beta #1 15   Beta #2 38    Beta #3- 71     beta #4 171   Beta # 5- 21  Natural MC 10/21
    HSG- clear
    IVF Jan 2017
    Egg Retrieval 1.22.17: 32 eggs retrieved,29 mature, 24 fertilized, 14 to blastocyst for biopsy
    PGS results: 4 PGS normal 2 XX, 2 XY
    FET: 3.13.2017 for 2 PGS embryos
    Beta#1: 3.24.2017......... 78; Beta # 2 241; Beta #3 4198
    Baby BOY due 11.29.2017






  • Yes! only time, but this gives us some good nice hope!!! Hugs to you @DungeonTrollMel  !!!
     
    Married 06.21.14 / TTC since 11.15 /
    BFP 01.03.2016 / MMC 6w5d D&C 02.2016 // BFP 05.06.16 / natural MC 05.12.16
    Benched 06.2016-08.2016 / TTC again 09.2016! On a diet. Cranky.
    BFP 10.02.2016 / NT scan at 12w looked normal / Anatomy scan at 20w everything ok
    Team blue! / EDD June 11th 2017
    DAVID ROGER was born on May 23rd at 37 weeks.

    Architect, Peruvian living in Chile. I love art, opera and good chocolate.
    Started PhD studies in Architecture on 2017.
    Fur mom of a rescued miniature poodle called Luke Skywalker.


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