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not draw a beta? Seriously. I've never had one drawn. Not for dd, not for this one. Both offices (one in Farmington Hills, MI, one in Milwaukee area WI) said they only do them if there is A) history of mc or Dirol problems like spotting, cramping, etc or C) fertillity issues. With dd I didn't know any better and joined the board at about 12 weeks. I have my first OB appt around 8 weeks, give or take and that will be the first I've seen her since my annual physical in Feb.

I guess I'm just curious since everyone here seems to be having blood draws. Not that I miss that bit of joy Wink

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My OB is like yours and doesn't draw betas unless there is an issue and he is the same way with US too. This is why I did not find out I was having twins I was 12wks along!

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Mine didn't do betas either. If the test says you are pg, you are pg. She said she doesn't like doing them because people get all stressed out if the numbers don't look perfect and most of the time they are normal. When I went in at 6 w this time with bleeding, i was given the option of repeat beta draws to see how they were changing or a u/s which also might not show anything because it was so early. I did the u/s because it was much more definate.

I find the boards make beta draws and routine early u/s seem much more common than they actually are.

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"Danifo" wrote:

I find the boards make beta draws and routine early u/s seem much more common than they actually are.

You know, I think this is so true. I thought that betas were the norm and I guess this is why. But I'm military and the RE here told me that since I was on Clomid they like to monitor for multiples. I think that's one reason they do betas here...

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My OB doesn't do them either and it's definitely not the norm. However my OB does do a little quicky u/s because most women aren't paying attention to when their last AF was and she likes to get a better view for herself.

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I've never had a beta drawn in my entire ob history. My first 3 were with one ob practice in Ohio, and child 4 and 5 were two different practices here in GA. This pregnancy is a different doctor still. I will have a dating scan though.

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I had beta drawn because I was seeing a RE Infertility doctor. They want to make sure the numbers are going up. Plus, I had an early ultrasound to rule out multiples and make sure the egg implanted in the right spot. They are doing another ultrasound this week to make sure the baby is growing. They already found a heartbeat though. They will probably release me after this to the OB which they already had lined up.

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My OB doesn't, either. In fact, they don't even see you until 8 weeks for paperwork and the 10 weeks for the OB visit. It's a long wait but in the end I think it actually does help. There are so many posts about not doubling numbers, or is this in the range...it's just adds more stress. And don't even get me started on the stupid u/s done at 5-6 weeks!

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My previous OB didn't routinely. The only reason I had them done with my son was because I had a m/c before and then they thought it was happening again since my HCG dropped in the hospital (where I found out about the pregnancy). Then my HCG stopped rising as fast as it should and I was advised, again, that I was miscarrying and OB suggested taking the drug to induce the m/c faster! I requested an U/S and we found a baby with a heartbeat at 5 weeks, 4 days. Really, the blood work was just stressful and I was one of those cases with very abnormal levels that turned out to have a healthy, viable pregnancy, so it's not something I think I would want to go through again. Relying on the numbers alone, my OB would have had be end my pregnancy when nothing was wrong!

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Nope my midwives do not and my OB with my first baby also didn't. They are usually only done when the couple is using fertility drugs or has past hx of many miscarriages. I think in "normal" circumstances they are only done if mom is requesting. I think they make people worry too much! I already obsess about how dark the line is on a preg test I don't need to be obsessing about numbers too lol!

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"emansmom" wrote:

Nope my midwives do not and my OB with my first baby also didn't. They are usually only done when the couple is using fertility drugs or has past hx of many miscarriages. I think in "normal" circumstances they are only done if mom is requesting. I think they make people worry too much! I already obsess about how dark the line is on a preg test I don't need to be obsessing about numbers too lol!

Hahahaha. So true. I wouldn't be surprised if I went as far as to obsess over how bold the word on the digital test is! LOL!

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"emansmom" wrote:

Nope my midwives do not and my OB with my first baby also didn't. They are usually only done when the couple is using fertility drugs or has past hx of many miscarriages. I think in "normal" circumstances they are only done if mom is requesting. I think they make people worry too much! I already obsess about how dark the line is on a preg test I don't need to be obsessing about numbers too lol!

At least I am not the only one.

I know I will NOT freak out if there is no heart beat yet on Wednesday. It may at least give us some sort of clue as to how far along I am.

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My doctor doesn’t do betas either and I won’t be seen until July 12th. I think I will be 9 or 10 weeks then. It has been a long time since my last pregnancy and I never had betas done then either. I think I would be stressed out if the numbers didn’t look “normal”. As long as I am feeling pregnant, being sick and tired all the time, I take that as a good sign and can wait for my apt.

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My OB doesn't do betas either. When I was pregnant with DD I was blissfully unaware of all the stress that goes into those early weeks of pregnancy. And that was after one miscarriage.

Now, pregnancy #8, and I've been stressing over test lines and HCG numbers for the last two years. I'm ready to not have to do that anymore!

Without a reason or history of problems it's much better not to do the betas and give yourself one more thing to worry about.