Jump to content

Confused after Blood test for hcG


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 sweetsedatedsoul

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

Hi,

I just tested last Thursday 6th and discovered a very faint second line and thought that I could be pregnant! The next day Friday 7th, I tested again with First Response and a little bit darker but still faint. I proceeded to medical center to get a blood test. Doctor said to come back the following day which is Saturday but I wasn't able to return.

Today Monday I rang the clinic but doctor is not there so receptionist put me a lady who will read my results (not sure if she was another doctor or assistant!). She said my hcg reading is in the "middle" which means that I could be pregnant or I could not be pregnant. Told me to come back this Thursday or Friday to see if it increased.

Now I am really confused because I've always thought blood tests are reliable and that, the presence of hcg alone confirms that I am pregnant. She could have told me, the reading was too low, if this does not rise or increase in the next days, there is possibility the pregnancy will not happen etc. etc.. This is my expectation. Instead, I'm left hanging as to whether I am or not.

I forgot the exact figure of my hcg.. I was in a hurry on the phone so I fogot to ask. I think she said 15...or something.

I have read so many columns and usually the girls are advised to go to doctor to do a blood test and it confirmed. This time with me, it left me hanging and confused....

I will come back in Thursday and hopefully by Friday they can tell me if I'm pregnant or not.

#2 Milano

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

Sorry to hear you are in limbo land. Sounds low your hcg is low so the only way to know if it's going to be viable is to wait and see if your levels rise. There is a lot of waiting around isn't there? Hang in there.

Hope things works out for you.



#3 SeaPrincess

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:06 PM

Keep doing home tests if it will reassure you.  I've never had a blood test to confirm pregnancy and I have 3 children. I only had hcg tests when I was miscarrying to confirm that the levels were going down prior to D&C.

#4 lozoodle

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:39 AM

You just had your blood test too early, thats all. Its best to wait until your period is late and the hcg has risen more original.gif

#5 Nut

Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:00 AM

There is really no need to go to a GP to have your pregnancy confirmed by bloods. I think it's best until you get a solid good line on a home test and then go to a GP who will get you to pee on a stick again just so they can see it for themselves.

Bloods are becoming more popular, largely due to forums but in reality they are just not necessary unless you're tracking for some reason (recurrent miscarriage, difficulty conceiving, fear of ectopic etc.) and can often leave people feeling very concerned.

Also many GP's don't really know all that much about pregnancy hormones and so many get told "your levels are too low, you'll likely lose the baby" when quite simply it's just very early in the pregnancy and HCG has just started to increase.

Only thing you can do is wait and see what happens.



#6 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:17 AM

what CD were you when you had the BT?

#7 Koobie83

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:15 AM

Yeah I never had my HCG checked. I just waited until I was late and tested the day I was officially late. Home tests are pretty accurate especially if you test after you are late. Im but sure about the levels , but maybe you conceived later than you thought and they are wanting the levels to rise. BTW - the second line on the test is mostly always fainter than the control line. Mine always were.

#8 erindiv

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:20 AM

I never had a BT either. Just solid BFPs at 11DPO, went to the GP at 6 weeks (DD) and 8 weeks (DS). GP didn't even bother getting me to POAS once I told her I'd done multiple tests, as I had no history of any problems.

The first 'real' confirmation of pregnancy I had each time was the NT scan at 12 weeks!

#9 Natttmumm

Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

My guess is that its probably really early. I thinkto get a positive result they like to see over 25. My GP works on over 50. My levela have always been low at the beginning and then rise normally. The miscarriages that I have had started out fine too so and then had issues later down the track.

Try not to worry before seeing the next result

#10 MrsLexiK

Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:44 PM

QUOTE (Natttmumm @ 11/12/2012, 01:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My guess is that its probably really early. I think to get a positive result they like to see over 25. My GP works on over 50. My levela have always been low at the beginning and then rise normally. The miscarriages that I have had started out fine too so and then had issues later down the track.

Try not to worry before seeing the next result


This, while the pkt says they can detect HCG of 25 or something I believe a POAS test will actually pick up a HCG at 5, you are only considered pregnant at 25 though (and just pregnant) so whilst you have HCG that doesn't mean you are "pregnant" if that makes sense.

#11 Duck-o-lah

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

I was having regular blood tests as I was going through a fertility clinic. Early on the nurse confirmed I had hcg in my blood but the level was not high enough to officially call it
(hcg 22.9). Two days later my hcg was 66 and the pregnancy was confirmed.

Good luck with the wait, hopefully you'll see those levels rise original.gif



#12 sweetsedatedsoul

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

Thank you girls for your responses! Appreciate it.

Im booked for Thursday which will be almost a week from the first blood test to see if it's really increasing.

Yes I am continually doing the tests on sticks Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and today Tuesday while waiting for my next blood test. What I am worried of is that there is very little difference on the color. I am using the cheapie one, Pregnosis and Discover. Discover I've used Thursday and Friday and there was very visible line on Friday compared to Thursday. But Pregnosis and cheapie sticks, I test everyday and it's faint (except last week Thursday which was very very pale almost shadow). The following days until today is still faint and very less difference from Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon. I have used FMU too... I am just worried that my HCG is not increasing at the right levels....

I checked Clearblue digital Friday and it says Pregnant 1-2 weeks. But they said even that too is not reliable..

Today should be my period so its 8.35pm still did not have AF so after today I will officially be delayed. I had mild cramps today and little tiny bit soreness of the breasts. I thought it would come due to the cramps but it has not.

Keeping my fingers crossed.. This is too precious to lose.

#13 Red nut

Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:17 PM

That was a super early blood test, the egg would barely have made it into the uterus. There's no way it wouldn't have been really low that early, so try to stop worrying. Most people don't POAS until they're actually late remember!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

'Chopstick Baby' born at 23 weeks

Given the nickname of 'Chopstick Baby' by local media, a baby born weighing 660g has survived a week outside the womb.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.