Hopein2015's Story - Declining hCG Levels - Heartbeat Found

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Hopein2015's Story - Declining hCG Levels - Heartbeat Found

Postby Hopein2015 » Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:11 am

Drop in HCG - Misdiagnosed Miscarriage
By Hopein2015

I have spent hours searching & reading other people's posts over the years, but really felt this is a story worth sharing...
I have had four previous miscarriages, spanning from 5 weeks to 8 weeks. My fifth pregnancy came at a time I was readying myself for fertility treatment - totally surprising & totally natural.
My specialist was vigilant & ordered blood tests every 4 days, for which I was relieved to have the frequent affirmation everything was tracking well. For the first two weeks, HCG was tracking well - however 4 weeks past ovulation date - I felt different. No cramping as I had felt previously and for the first time in weeks I slept soundly for 9hrs straight. I felt something was wrong & whilst the specialist had pushed out blood tests to weekly, I went in earlier. Blood tests revealed my HCG had increased by less than 10, rather than the 1000's I had experienced earlier. I was told the pregnancy was not viable. I was incredibly disappointed, as was my husband but we had been through this before & when you have had recurring miscarriages, you know not to get your hopes up too much.
The following week, my HCG had dropped considerably & I was advised the pregnancy was definitely not viable. My specialist discussed options and was pushing for a D&C - as she hoped to remove tissue samples for further research. The timing was difficult given impending Christmas & the D&C was recommended within the week. I went for one last blood test to see what my HCG levels were doing to see if natural miscarriage was imminent. To my surprise - my HCG levels had risen by about 1000 again, not as high as they once had been but my progesterone was also elevated. I enquired to the reasoning behind this - however the nurse still advised that given my HCG levels were low compared to previous weeks, the pregnancy was still not viable & D&C was recommended. My specialist confirmed it was still consistent with miscarriage and booked me in for a D&C within days. Given I had been dealing with a fertility clinic & specialist - I assumed they would have seen cases like this before & took their word as gospel.
This morning, I received a call requesting me to go in for a last minute ultrasound to ensure the pregnancy was no ectopic before I went in for D&C the next day. I assured the ladies conducting the ultrasound I wasn't expecting to see anything - so not to worry about talking me through the scan. However, to my shock - there was an embryo and a healthy heartbeat (5weeks, 5days). I still can't believe it. I'm so glad they gave me pictures, as it all feels very surreal and I don't think my husband will believe it until he sees it with his own eyes. Whilst it's still early days - there is a living, breathing, new life inside me & I was one day away from a D&C.
The specialist is unable to confirm what is going on.. perhaps vanishing twin syndrome (something i learnt about only today), but I really just wanted to share my story. As this week I have gone from utter hopelessness to hope and elation. And this is living proof a drop in HCG does not mean miscarriage for everyone. Fingers crossed, as its still very early days, but I can sense this one is a fighter & fate has surely intervened - fifth time lucky??
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Re: Hopein2015's Story - Declining hCG Levels - Heartbeat Found

Postby Kay » Sat Dec 19, 2015 7:14 pm

How exciting to find the heartbeat. Please, keep us updated. What have your hCG levels been. Higher is better. (((Hugs)))
To read my own Misdiagnosed Miscarriage stories:
my blighted ovum scare
Told I was miscarrying at 12 weeks

Blogging on Misdiagnosed Miscarriages
If you are being diagnosed with a blighted ovum after IVF, please take a look at this article I put together: Misdiagnosed Miscarriage After IVF
and why I just believe a blighted ovum should NOT be diagnosed before nine weeks at the earliest and the UK's new guidelines support this

This post is for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace information given by your physician but rather intended to supplement that information.
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