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Will I definitely have a miscarriage?

By January 28, 2014 - 10:42am
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Found out I was pregnant on Friday of last week. Had an ultrasound yesterday as well as blood work. the ultrasound should nothing and the blood work showed that my hcg levels had dropped by 1/2. My dr called and told me that I may have already miscarried or will be soon. Is it possible that he's wrong?

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Hello Sun Moon,

Depending on how far along you were in the pregnancy, it could have been too early to see the developing fetus.

The cells which form the placenta produce hCG. Levels are detected in blood as early as 11 days following conception. In general, levels will double every 72 hours. The level will reach its peak in the first 8 to 11 weeks of pregnancy. Then, hCG levels will decline and level off for the remainder of the pregnancy.

The results of an ultrasound that is done after 5 to 6 weeks of gestation are much more accurate than hCG levels.

I know you are hoping that your physician is wrong, but it doesn't look promising.


January 29, 2014 - 5:50pm
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