Will Progesterone Save My Pregnancy?

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Dear Midwife,
First-timer here, and incredibly nervous! My husband and I have tried to conceive for two years now. The past year have been spent at an infertility clinic and we were just about to undergo IVF when I found out I was pregnant. My LMP was 8/18, which makes me 5 weeks pregnant by typical calendars, but my periods have always been 30-32 days long. I'm sure that has an effect on my true age of pregnancy.

My concern is this: On Thursday I had an HCG and progesterone level drawn (that was day 37 of my cycle), my HCG was 520 and progesterone 5.2. My RE started me on Prochieve 8% once a day to help me with my progesterone, but gave me little hope that this pregnancy would pan out. I don't go back for more blood work until Monday morning, when I will have been on the progesterone for 2 days more. Any advice?

What are our chances of making it through this? I felt so much more pregnant on Thursday, my breasts aren't as tender, I don't have any morning sickness, I don't really feel bloated as I did on Thursday. I do still have moments were I have to void every hour or more, I have more sensitive smell and occasionally I have dizziness. I am also worried because I started having a tiny bit of staining yesterday -- bright red and brownish --I'm trying to stay positive, but finding it hard.

ANSWER

I'm sure this is a very difficult time and it sounds like your provider is doing the right things so far. Sometimes, women have to actually go on injectible progesterone to save the pregnancy -- hopefully you won't.The blood test yesterday should say if the pregnancy hormone is increasing the right way. If so, and you just need more help with progesterone, there is still hope.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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