bhcg level – a quick update

Hey ladies! Just wanted to say a big thank you for all your support after my last blog post. I really have missed you guys!

Well I got my results from my third hcg blood test this afternoon.

My level has risen to 1870, which gives us a doubling time of 40 hours.

So at 10dp5dt my level was 330, at 12dp5dt it was 805 and at 14dp5dt it is 1870.

The nurse said this is “text book” so far for a healthy pregnancy, however the pain on my right side is persisting. She suggested I push for a scan at my next doctors appointment on Monday afternoon just to check.

The pain is so bad it woke me repeatedly in the night and I had to stay home from work today.  My mum even came over to make me lunch so I wouldn’t have to get out of bed.

I remembered this morning that during my IVF cycle in January I had that large blood filled cyst that the doctor needed to drain during my egg retrieval. Maybe it has reappeared and is now reacting to the pregnancy hormone in my body?

I don’t know. I’m just so worried. I really need to keep this one. I don’t know if I can just keep doing IVF cycles indefinitely. Isn’t 8 cycles enough for any gal??

I am going to keep up the bed rest over the weekend and just anxiously await my appointment on Monday. An appointment which just happens to fall on my birthday. Surely I can’t get bad news on my birthday…?

Thoughts? Opinions? Advice?

Oh and also one last question – for those of you with the MTHFR mutation what type of folic acid do you take? I have been taking Megafol 5 but I’m not sure if that is right.

Thanks ladies you are awesome!

Sadie xx


14 thoughts on “bhcg level – a quick update

  1. I have the MTHFR mutation. I’m compound hetero (one copy of each, most difficult to treat). Did they test your homocysteine levels also? My RE wasn’t too concerned about about the mutation since my homocysteine levels weren’t elevated beyond the normals levels. I take a baby aspirin every day and was prescribed a prenatal that had methylfolate but it was CRAZY expensive! It’s just important that you get the methylated folate and NOT regular folic acid! Are they gonna put you on blood thinners?

    Congrats on your pregnancy! I can totally understand why you’re so concerned and I’m not going to tell you to relax!! But just remember that a happy momma means a happy baby!! ❤️ Sending prayers your way!!

    • Thank you! I take baby aspirin but every medical professional I have asked has no idea about methyfolate. It seems it isn’t really a thing here in Melbourne for some reason. I might ask my doctor on Monday to test my homocysteine level thanks for your help 🙂

      • Absolutely! Not sure if you’re on Facebook but there are a LOT of MTHFR support groups with people that know a LOT about what to take and where you can get it online fairly cheap!! I think it’s a great idea to ask your dr to check your homocysteine levels! A lot of dr’s don’t fully understand it and it becomes our jobs to become our own advocates for the best possible treatment!!

  2. awesome numbers! i get so excited for good numbers (i’ve never had them…) it makes me very happy for the women that get them. such a great indicator of good things to come. i’m sorry you’re in so much pain. i don’t normally wish cysts on anyone but i’m rooting for a cyst this time haha. take care this weekend.

    • Thank you! It feels so surreal I don’t feel like I have any connection to the hcg levels at all because I’ve never had them either and honestly never expected to. When the nurse reads them out over the phone I feel like she is telling me about someone elses results! I am rooting for a cyst too! Bring on the cyst please!

  3. Fingers crossed for an awesome appointment monday!

    I’m hetero MTHFR and I take an extra 5mg of folic which is in my prescription prenatal. I also take a combo B vitamin regimen and baby aspiring for it.

  4. Congratulations! You’ve already been through so much, hopefully this pregnancy will be a smooth one!

    I also have MTHFR and was told to take extra folic acid (1200 mcg) and baby aspirin. I just take the generic stuff.

  5. Which mutation do you have? I dont want to correct anyone but extra folic acid isnt the answer for most MTFHR mutations. You need a L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate and folinic acid in a balanced 1:1 ratio. There arent a ton of prenatal’s with this but the Thorne Prenatal does provide. Baby aspirin is also recommended depending on which mutation you have. I hope you get some answers on Monday as pain is pretty scary this early on!! Wishing you the best.

    • I have 2 copies of the c677t mutation? If thats the right way of saying it? Just want to make sure I get the right thing. None of the prenatals you can buy off the shelf in Australia have methyfolate so I think I will have to buy it online. I have asked 3 separate pharmacists and they all said they couldnt even order it in for me because it doesnt exist here?!?

  6. This is awesome!!! Yes, 8 IVF cycles is freaking too many! BUt I am so glad that you have never given up hope. As far as the MTHFR, (I am 2 copies c677t homozygous) I am on Folbee by prescription but I don’t think it’s very good. Metanx is supposed to be great but at over $100 a month, I can’t afford it. DEFINITELY stay on baby asprin (talk to your dr of course) and if you aren’t already, I would get on a blood thinner like heparin or lovenox. A lot of drs don’t understand MTHFR and don’t like to give blood thinners during pregnancy but it is extremely important as MTHFR can cause problems later in pregnancy as I know. Even on blood thinner (not a high enough dose), my placenta calcified too much too soon and caused my baby’s water to be too low and I had to have an early c-section. You probably already know that if you read my blog but I just want to be sure you are aware. I hate it that Drs don’t understand MTHFR.

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