High-Risk Pregnancy

New and scared...low progesterone.

Hi ladies,

I am a newbie here....just over 6 weeks in my first pregnancy. I had been feeling fine and had few symptoms....just mild cramping...but bo spotting or bleeding.

We have two u/s so far. We saw a gestational sac in the first one...no yolk sac or fetal pole. The second u/s showed a larger gestational sac and a yolk sac, but no heartbeat at 5 weeks 5 days.

I have had 3 blood draws. My Dr. Saw low progesterone on my labs 7 on 1st draw, 7.99 on second draw, and 8.7 on my last draw. This has concerned my Dr., so she put me on suppositories, but said that I am definitely high risk to miscarry. She said my hcg looks good 1889 on first draw, 2989 on second draw, an 8089 on last draw, but the low progesterone might be a sign that I am about to miscarry. She said treatment is controversial, but worth a try.

Is or has anyone gone through this? I feel scared and defeated. Just trying to hope for the best.

Re: New and scared...low progesterone.

  • When did you start progesterone suppositories?  It's kind of a chicken and egg thing - some think low prog,leads to m/c, some think that a woman's body knows when a pregnancy is viable and thus produces enough prog.  Unfortunately, only time will tell :/

    FX for a healthy pregnancy for you. 

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  • They put me on progesterone on Monday. They said I was measuring 5 weeks and 5 days at that point. I go back in on July 9th for another u/s.
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  • Hi I will share my story. First I have not intro I have been very cautious and taking things one day at a time because I went through this and was told the same thing. Now things are looking up. 

     I am 9 weeks 6 days pregnant. I had my first blood draw at 15 dpo hcg 521 and progesterone was 11. Second draw at 17 dpo 48 hrs later hcg was 1400 and progesterone 12.5. The progesterone is suppose to rise 1-3 every 48 hrs i was told. My dr told me that since in went up within the range she said some ppl start off lower in the very beginning but then increase like they should. I had a US scheduled at 6 weeks so she said she would check it again at that time. A few days later I had spotting and of course I called right away because that can be a sign of low progesterone. I got it checked at 5 weeks 1 day pregnant (the same day I called) the next day first thing I get a call which they never call till the afternoon so I knew something was up.. First thing I am told was your betas look great they are at 12000 now but your progesterone dropped down to 7.  With the spotting and progesterone they said it could be a sign of an ectopic and wanted to do a US that day which of course I was freaking out (I had a 9 week loss last august and it took us some time to get pregnant) So of course I start thinking the worse with pgal brain. Went in that afternoon and we saw a gestational sac and a yolk sac in the UTERUS! My dr said that the embryo was probably there but just too small to see because at 6 weeks (5 days later) there was a little bean with a fluttering heart! The day of my first US I started progesterone suppositories 200 mg. She rechecked it at 6 weeks and it went up to 9. She made it VERY clear then I could still miscarry. at 8 weeks I had an US and the baby had tons of growth and measured 8 and 3 when we thought I was 8 weeks, with a HB of 177. So at that appt she told me my chances of miscarrying decreased greatly. I told her that I still didn't feel comfortable because I miscarried at 9 weeks last time. I have not had my levels check since the last time because she said once your on supplements and your levels are on the upward climb they don't recheck them.

    Today I saw my MFM because I have MTHFR and am on lovenox and before I left he was like I wont let you leave without you knowing your baby is doing well. So he did a quick US and we saw the little bean bouncing all over the place with a HB of 170 measuring right where I need to be. Although I am still not very comfortable its gotten a little easier to breath. I hope this helps you because I definitely was scanning storied for reassurance.  

    Another story. My SIL progesterone was 5 at 6 weeks and my nephew is now 5 months old as of yesterday! So there are happy stories. : )

    Sorry thing was so long. 


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  • Thank you for sharing your story.  it is nice to know that there are others going through this and experiencing positive outcomes.  Sometimes it is difficult to maintain hope when Doctors are telling you to prepare for the worst.  You have definitely lifted my spirits.  
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