I went to the house doctor with my laboratory results and told her I am pregnant, but I was disappointed instead. I brought my beta HCG result of 500 mlU/mL from week 5, but she told me it’s still too low, I might be or might not be pregnant, so she requested another blood test. I don’t know why she said that, but based on the HCG levels and pregnancy tests: I am PREGNANT.
I didn’t have enough choice so, I went back to the ER and asked my colleague to draw blood for me. All in all, I did two blood tests in less than a week.
My second beta HCG result was 3000 mlU/mL as it was supposed to double every day. I sent the result to the house doctor and she replied: Okay, yeah, that’s a good sign. You’re pregnant. Really? 🙄
I asked her if I can make my first ultrasound since I’m already on my sixth week. I wanted to make sure that the embryo is in the uterus and not somewhere else, but she answered back that it’s still too small to see and that I need to wait for a few more weeks. Her replies were really exhausting and disappointing at the same time.
I had some doubts in my mind. I catered a lot of pregnant patients (around 8 to 9 weeks) whom we brought direct to the OR because of severe bleeding secondary to ectopic pregnancy just because they didn’t made the ultrasound a few weeks earlier.
I looked for other options and fortunately, one of the ER doctors gave me a request and I finally made the ultrasound at 6 weeks.
First ultrasound: We saw a round-shaped embryo with a heartbeat, there’s nothing much to see but knowing everything is normal is all worth it. I had this unexplained feeling of bliss thinking that right there is the most wonderful gift ever and I’m going to take good care of it.
- No morning sickness, nausea and vomiting
- No feeling of fatigue
- No headaches
- No frequent urination
- I’m not sure with the mood swings though, my husband says I have it a lot, pregnant or not
Weight: 55 kg
Food cravings: Sweets
Activities: Normal ER routine: pricking blood and bringing patients in beds and wheelchairs to the ward.