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Slow rising HCG level

I have been to the doctor and pregnancy was confirmed along with an HCG level drawn. The level was around 4000. I was told this was where it needed to be considering the first day of my last period was December 1, 2009. I had another level drawn yesterday and it had only gone up a hundred points or so. I had a ultrasound this am and there was a heartbeat and the size of the fetus was where it needed to be.They started me on Progesterone and told me no heavy lifting. Should I have them repeat my level to make sure there was not a lab error? Since there is a heartbeat and fetal size is where it should be is there any need to be concerned? Could this just be the start of a miscarriage? Any information would be greatly appreciated
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603463 tn?1220630455
Your lab data IS confusing, but the good news is that the ultrasound trumps the blood work.  If they can see an appropriately-sized fetal pole with a heart beat, there is about a 90% chance that the pregnancy will continue.  If you were my patient, I would advise you NOT to do any more blood levels, because I would not really know how to interpret them!  I would probably repeat an ultrasound in a week to two weeks though, just to be sure that the baby was growing appropriately.  I might also check a progesterone level.  Both tests are really over-kill and don't HAVE to be done.  
I definitely DO recommend that you report any bleeding or severe cramping symptoms, but other than that, I think you are on your way!
Good luck!
Dr B
1181210 tn?1264033757
Try not to stress yourself and pray. GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES. I was told and have read not every woman is alike. Every woman will not have high or  fast rising hcg levels . Women have deliverd beautiful healthy babies with low hcg levels. You can not base your pregnancy on the levels. I was worrying myself to death because of that. My first hcg level was 107 and I was told they were concernd about it being etopic or me miscarrying. I told the nurse that she should not go by my last menstrual period because I know when I  conceived which was a week later. My 2nd hcg level was 252 and my third was 3229. I still have to have another test done next week.
Each woman pregnancy progress at different rates. So just think positive and positve things will happen

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