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God has blessed me tremendously with an amazing husband, Doug, and two gorgeous little boys, Gavin and Joey. It has always been a dream of mine to have a large family but God may have other plans. I had a series of 6 consecutive early miscarriages when trying for baby #2. We are currently trying for baby #3 after our 7th miscarriage. I am faithful that God's plan is perfect, even when I am not happy about it. I love comments and meeting new followers so please don't be shy!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013


I am writing this post as I am waiting for my first blood test to come back.  I know it will be positive.  It is more a matter of how positive it is. 

I have been testing every day, but my goal is to kick the habit after today.  I used my last First Response test and while I have some cheapies laying around here somewhere, they aren't really good at being consistent.

I am excited to be where I am today.  I must admit that I am scared to fully embrace the pregnancy until I see a heartbeat, but at the same time I am afraid to let the first trimester of what will likely be my last pregnancy pass me by without enjoying the miracle that is happening.

I have spent a lot of time looking at a few things online.  One is pictures of pregnancy tests with corresponding beta numbers.  I like to see light lines produce big numbers because that might mean that my dark tests will bring me a huge number.  Why do I want a huge number you might ask?  Well, there is this wacky little study that was done on a scientific level that showed that the beta level of a pregnant woman drawn on 16 days past ovulation (dpo) can be an indicator of if the pregnancy will be successful.

What this study found:

25 - 50 hCG at 16dpo -- Four women in this study had hCG levels below 50 at this stage. The researchers concluded that with these levels less than 25% would continue on with their pregnancy with more than 75% miscarrying.

50 - 100 hCG at 16dpo -- Of 16 women, 25% continued on with their pregnancies.

100 - 199 hCG at 16dpo -- Of 27 women with these levels, 73% continued on with their pregnancies.

200 - 299 hCG at 16dpo -- Of 48 women, 96% continued on with their pregnancies

Over 300 hCG -- All 105 women continued on with their pregnancies.

To read the whole study and participate in the informal 16 dpo project go HERE.  

So what I am saying is that I would really like to see my beta to be over 300 but I'll settle for over 200.  That would really help these early days to pass better.

I will not publish this post until the call comes.  So now we wait....

Still waiting...

And still waiting...

Oh my goodness!  Call already!!

And the number is....149

Of course I was hoping for higher but I'll take it.  73% isn't bad.  Plus in all honesty, When I was 16 dpo with Joey my beta was only 52.  So.... I'll take it.  


Maria said...

Ahhhhh! Maria!!! :*) What a HAPPY New Year!! When I saw that beautiful dark pink line, I knew you had to be at least at 100!! I'm thrilled for you!!! I won't ever stop praying. Xoxoxo. Take it easy! I will be following along!! This made my night!

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Laura Funk said...

Yay! Congrats!

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