The 6th time’s the charm?

Well, despite my promise, I did take a home pregnancy test last Wednesday (at 11 dpo), and I did allow myself to get excited by a faint line. (I swear it looked darker than the one last month!) And like last month, I started bleeding a few hours later, and thought “Oh well!”

But then my period didn’t progress like usual. (Light flow of super dark blood, not much red, no clots.)

So on Friday, I tested again, and damned if that line wasn’t just a little bit darker.

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I got the nurse to order a beta hCG test, and it came back at 89 mIU/mL. Consulted betabase (which I was happy to see came back online since last time we went through this!), and saw that 89 is about right for 13 dpo, but I was still bleeding…

Tested again on Saturday (since I was leaving for a trip to DC on Sunday), and it came back at 131 mIU/mL, which corresponds to a doubling time of about 45 hours. A little high for the doubling time at that beta, but still in the ballpark…

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Still bleeding, and not feeling particularly pregnant, I was very hesitant to believe that this was real. But then my awesome husband reminded me that I bled when I was barely pregnant with little C. Samuel. He was totally right! I bled for six days and was convinced that I was miscarrying. How did I forget about that?

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I got back from DC on Tuesday night and went in for another beta first thing Wednesday morning. I figured if the 45 hour doubling time held, my beta should be around 600…

It was 1023. Which means the doubling time sped up to just over 32 hours…

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Is this really happening?

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  1. Yay!!! Fingers and toes crossed. Stick baby stick.

  2. Exciting! I really hope this is like your last successful pregnancy and the bleeding stops. I’ll be thinking of you ❤

  3. Awesome!! I hope the bleeding stops and all is well. 🙂

  4. OMG!!!! So exciting! Sounds very promising, fingers crossed for you guys!

  5. Exciting! Hope this one sticks!

  6. Sounds like something’s really happening! Congrats and hope things keep going well!

  7. Oh my goodness! I’m so excited for you! Fingers and other digits crossed for you. Here is hoping 6 is your new lucky number!

  8. Emily

     /  November 13, 2015

    Whaaaat?! I will be crossing my fingers for you and keeping you in my thoughts!
    (I don’t typically comment but I love following your blog, and I myself am a–previously? how would you say that?–infertile physicist, so I just always love reading what you write.) I will be so excited for you to update!!

  9. Yes, yes! I bled around my betas with both pregnancies. A mindfuck but not a bad sign! Fingers sooooo crossed for you!

  10. Logged on to catch up and saw this! So very happy for you 🙂 x

  11. Amy

     /  December 28, 2015

    Congratulations!! Any updates?

  12. Alycia

     /  March 11, 2016

    Praying that you continue to have a healthy pregnancy!

    • Thank you! So far so good. I’m 33 weeks along at this point. Due date July 18. 🙂

  13. Meg

     /  July 24, 2016

    I’ve been following you & curious what happened? Hopefully all good!

  14. cheyanne

     /  January 12, 2019

    My test looked just like yours does it mean I’m pregnant I can’t get in to see ob for 2 more weeks

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