Grow, Falco, grow!

We’ve been going into our reproductive endocrinologist’s office twice a week for regular beta tests to monitor K’s HCG levels. In early pregnancy, watching these levels is one way of determining the viability of the pregnancy. The thought is, in a healthy pregnancy, that the beta levels should at least double every 48 to 72 hours. We will continue these regular blood draws until K’s beta level reaches approximately 10,000.

There’s quite a wide range in what’s considered “normal” in beta levels. One great resource we’ve accessed is the BetaBase, a searchable compilation of user-entered HCG beta results from pregnancies where heartbeats were eventually detected. You can filter beta levels by age of gestational parent and whether the pregnancies are singletons, twins, or triplets+.

So far, K’s betas have measured the following:

  • 16 days past ovulation – 102
  • 19 days past ovulation – 349
  • 23 days past ovulation – 2,167
  • 26 days past ovulation – 7,092

Despite being very much in the “normal” range, and we only have one more beta test at the RE’s office, it’s difficult to feel fully calm. I think K and I will feel a small sense of relief when we’re able to see the first ultrasound. Luckily, it’s not too far into the future. We’ve scheduled it for September 11th. Until then, we’ll continue to take this process one day at a time.