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Hello ladies (and occassional men),

Any input or help is appreciated...

I am 6 weeks, 1 day pregnant. On Monday (@ 5wks 5 days pregnant) I went to the hospital for light spotting, they did a blood test and checked my hcg levels, hcg came back at 11,000. Today is Friday (same week, I am now 6wks 1day) I woke up with heavier spotting and period like cramps. I went back to the hospital, they did a pelvic exam, and blood work. The ER DR told me I was not bleeding because my cervix wasn't open. I told him that I was definitely bleeding (enough to spot my underwear and pad the ER nurse gave me) and he told me that he knew for certain that I was not bleeding because he was looking at my cervix and it wasn't open. He told me that if I was indeed miscarrying there wasn't anything they could do for me anyway and that I would need to just wait it out; then he sent me home. My HCG levels came back at 30,000, the ER DR did not order an ultrasound because I had one Monday (4 days ago) when I was at the hospital for the same thing. We are new to our area so I don't have a family doctor to follow up with yet.

My question is this...I have only been home for 3hrs and my spotting has subsided a little, but my cramping is getting worse by the 1/2hr. I feel the pain equally in my back as I do in my uterus. The stong cramps come and go but I have this constant knawing pain in my lower back (similar to period back pain). Is it possible that I could be in the early stages of a miscarriage even though my hcg levels were 30,000 this morning? Or, is it possible I could be carrying twins? I read somewhere bleeding with high hcg levels could be a sign of twins.

Any help is appreciated. This is our first pregnancy and we aren't sure what to expect or what is normal. My experience this morning was very disheartening, I don't feel I was taken seriously.

Thank you for the help.

 

 

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Hi Annie,

You CAN have some light spotting or bleeding and cramping early in pregnancy, the first trimester.   It's normal.

The hCG levels are in the range for 6 weeks along but the levels alone are not a good indicator of multiple fetuses.  That they are rising is a good sign.

It's impossible to say if you are going to miscarry at this point with the information given.  Assuming you had a normal ultrasound and the fetal heartbeat was strong and fast then it would appear unlikely.  I do wish the doctor had assessed the fetal heartbeat this time around.

I urge you to find an obstetrician that you are comfortable with quickly.  You need consistent prenatal care.  With one doctor he/she will follow your case closely and be able to determine if there are any problems much earlier than someone that has never seen you before.

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you Dan,

My ultrasound (transvaginal) on Monday (5wks, 5days) only revealed a sac. The doctor said it was too early to see an embryo, therefore no heartbeat detected. I do appreciate the feedback. Any clarity helps.

Thank you
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OK, they saw the sac. Sometimes they can see the fetal pole or detect a heartbeat at 5 1/2 weeks or so but it's not unusual that they didn't - yet.

Hang in there.
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