Updating to my situation: I have had on/off spotting and last weekend I started to have quite strong low back pain and menstrual-like-pain in my low stomach. I was sure I'm having miscarriage (and mentally I have waited it since one doctor told me so two weeks ago..) Yesterday I went to another doctor for an ultrasound. There was still living embryo, exactly right sized (actually measured 7+2 though yesterday was only 7+1) + strong heartbeat
My pains were explained by my uterus, which is leaning to my back (I don't know right terms to this in English) and some other issues with the uterus, which are caused by my endometriosis. I still didn't get any explanation for the spotting, but the doctor said, it is very common and I shouldn't worry about it, since it is not actual bleeding (small amounts of brown discharge somedays, other days nothing). The doctor I met yesterday was very experienced specialist, in fact he was around 70-years-old professor. He was amazed by my hCg-levels and he actually thought that the second number could have been mistake of the lab (very unusual but possible). He told me everything looked fine in u/s, but he didn't want to "predict" anything since the situation is so strange (very slowly rising hCgs + normal ultrasound twice). Now I'm on pregnancy week 7+2 and I'm having my next ultrasound 9+2.
I also found out that the doctor who did my previous ultrasound at 6+2 weeks was not the same doctor who predicted a miscarriage over the phone because of my slowly rising hCg's. That's why the ultrasound-doctor was so optimistic, she didn't really know about my levels, she probably read them for the first time in that meeting.. I asked that "hCg-doctor" to call me and tell me her opinion about my situation. She'll probably call me tomorrow.
I have read every information I could find about slow rising hCg's. There are depressing and encouraging information. I think I would like to share some of the ENCOURAGING stuff here, as here are others thinking about same things:
I also contacted one of the most appreciated doctor of this field in my country. He's not doing just embryo/fetus diagnostics, he's also doing fetus surgeons in very severe cases. And to my very big surprise, he actually answered to my e-mail! And he told me that [b][b]hCg is very "lousy" argument to define quality of pregnancy. It is good only in two things: when it doubles in early pregnancy, it tells that placenta tissue is forming and, if it's falling, it tells about miscarriage. Also risk to ectopic pregnancy is bigger when the level is more than 2500 iu and there's no signs of pregnancy in the uterus. Other than that, there is not any clinical value to follow hCg-levels
. [/b][/b]According to this, I may have placenta problems, which makes me worried BUT he also told me, that having a heartbeat on pregnancy week 6 is the one, that matters and comforts
and asked me not to worry so much. He estimated my miscarriage risk to be around 8-9 % at this point (I think in normal situation after good ultrasound on pregnancy week 6 it is only 2%).
Another thing I found comforting, was looking at my numbers rising altogether: from 93 to 1830 in two weeks. I know 1830 is quite low for 6+0 pregnancy week, but without the middle number (249) my line is very firmly rising. Actually, doubling time in two weeks is 78 hours, and from American Pregnancy -site I found out that normal doubling is actually 72 hours, NOT 24 or 48 hours!
And thinking about that, my levels are not looking so bad anymore. (http://americanpregnancy.org/duringpreg ... evels.html
From that same site I also found out that "Caution must be used in making too much of hCG numbers. A normal pregnancy may have low hCG levels and result in a perfectly healthy baby. The results from an ultrasound after 5 - 6 weeks gestation are much more accurate than using hCG numbers."
I know I'm looking for ANY comforting information at this point, but who wouldn't? Like I told, after I was told I will miscarry, I have mentally "waited" miscarriage ever since. Which has made these last two weeks extremely hard. Here's why I'm trying find reassurance and comfort as much I can. Ultrasounds have been calming and comforting, but I'm not "out of the woods" yet. There are still at least three more weeks to go before I can let myself believe that this can actually end up well.. All I can do right now is to wait.
I'll update my situation later.