Hcg And Ultrasound

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ss27 - March 12

At my first doctor's appointment last week, the ultrasound showed my baby to be 5 1/2 weeks with a heartbeat. I had thought I was 7 1/2 weeks pregnant because of the date of my last period. However, my hcg levels are high for the baby to be only 5 1/2 weeks (I'm not sure of the exact hcg measurement). The doctor's nurse didn't give me much information on what this means and I'm concerned that something is wrong to have a high hcg level. Has anyone had this happen or know what it could mean?

 

micorazon - March 12

Hi ss...I guess it would depend on what you consider to be high. There are so many charts out there that vary in what they consider to be a normal range. From what my doctors tell me it isnt the number as much as that they are doubling. I had a sudden surge where my hcg levels rose alot quicker than expected and were on the high side for 5 weeks but when I had my ultrasound everything looked as it should. My guess is that you may have ovulated late if the doctor isnt concerned, your levels are continuing to rise and the baby continues to grow.

 

lqtoo - March 12

High HCG levels are perfectly fine - there is such an acceptable range of levels that some women have a singleton, but have HCG levels that coincide with twin HCG levels. I would only be worried if your levels were low, or if they were not increasing.

 

MrsShelton217 - March 12

Sounds to me like the tech might have measured wrong... it's VERY unusual to see anything other than a gestational sac, and maybe a yolk sac at 5.5 weeks...

 

micorazon - March 12

You are right MrsShelton. I missed that there was a heartbeat. When I went for my 5.5 week ultrasound it was just gestational sac, yolk sac and fetal pole. Although she did say that I was only a few days away from being able to get a heartbeat. Have you received any feedback from the doctor yet?

 

ss27 - March 12

Thanks for all of your responses - this is my first pregnancy and I think I tend to overreact to everything! I spoke to the nurse again and she told me that my hcg levels are high, but that it is okay because of the difference in what is normal for different people. She said I should only be concerned if these levels are decreasing. I think I'll have another ultrasound in early April to see how everything is going and to confirm the first measurements. Based on what I have read, it is unusual to see the heartbeat at 5.5 weeks. Thanks again for your responses - they have helped me feel a lot better!

 

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