Beta limbo hell continues

754 today. Still going up but definitely not doubling every 48 hours. After extensive googling the general consensus is that it should double every 48 to 72 hours… But my doc seems to be going by 48 hours. So I’d like to know which one it is?? 48 or 72… Because therein lies the difference between a complete freak out or, well, not!

8 thoughts on “Beta limbo hell continues

  1. It IS supposed to double every 48 hours on average, and that’s what doctors want to see. Most healthy pregnancies double every 48 hours, but some healthy pregnancies take 72 hours.

    I did have this happen to me, and it did not end well (empty sac). It kept going up by 60-65% each time, then fizzled out. After 2 “bad” betas, I knew we were done, but I tested 5 times total before an ultrasound. There’s nothing to see on ultrasound until the beta is 1000-1200, so I had to wait as it slowly went up.

    I’m sorry this is happening. I’m still hoping for the best for you. It DOES sometimes work out!


    • Thank you… The doc is going to scan as soon as we get over 1000 so I’m desperately praying we are over 1000 tomorrow so that we can start trying to see what is going on… Whatever is happening the not knowing is the absolute worst.


  2. I had slow rising betas and a healthy pregnancy. I would be prepared for tough news but also know that miracles happen. I have everything crossed for you!


  3. It is totally dependent on the pregnancy. Beta’s that double every 72 hours can result in healthy pregnancies. Beta’s that double every 48 hours can still result in miscarriages. Honestly, in 5 pregnancies we’ve had doubling times of 48 hours and 72 hours, and we’ve still lost each and every pregnancy. I’m not saying this to discourage you, but to say, the numbers are not an accurate science – to be honest, I kinda think its cruel and unusual torture because there is so much variability in what is considered acceptable.
    An OBGYN gave me this website as the best source of information on beta’s – Maybe it will help you understand just ow variable the doubling times can be.
    Honestly, in my experience, try not to lose hope. Wait for your first ultrasound because it is truly the best indicator. Wishing you the best and hoping that everything is going to be just fine!


    • Thank you for this… I agree with you about the cruel unusual torture of this beta testing in that nothing seems conclusive… Slow rising betas can be a sign of ectopic or miscarriage but also can be normal. So much anxiety. My sister fell pregnant unexpectedly last year and none of this was done… We all just assumed it was fine and I guess we would have dealt with it when or if it wasn’t. I was supposed to only go for a scan at 7 weeks but the doc has now said as soon as we get over 1000 he will scan… I’m assuming to rule out an ectopic… I’m relieved… I can’t imagine waiting another two weeks!


  4. I’m really sorry I’ve missed your previous posts over the last few days – only just catching up. So sorry to hear you’re going through such a stressful time. I will be thinking of you over the next few days and praying that your little jelly bean is hanging on in there xx


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