Tuesday, August 27, 2013

All about betas

The day 17 (or 16.5) beta came in on Saturday, it was 661, up from 191 three days prior, which works out to a doubling time of 40 hours.

There used to be a great website called Betabase Info; it has been down for a while now, but some enterprising person took a snapshot of it, and some other enterprising person shared it: This is the link to its snapshot on 2 separate days. Based on betas reported by a large number of women, my numbers this pregnancy are in the normal range, and are about three times the average (median beta levels on day 17 are in the 200s).

However, the thing that mildly increases my anxiety is that the levels are half of what they were at the same time point in my first 2 pregnancies (around 1200), but somewhat reassuringly, are double of what they were in my 3rd pregnancy (around 300).

God knows what will happen in the next 2 weeks. I'm firmly agnostic, but last week I found myself agreeing to go to a temple (I usually avoid it if it is impractical, or I have something else to do). This time, I consented to a 2 hour drive and prayed very fervently for this little pinprick of cells to make the transition into a healthy living being. Sometimes, that is all you can really do.

I also had the opportunity to meet Tiara in real life, and it was wonderful. She proved to be as sweet and lovely as you would expect if you are familiar with her cyber persona. Thank you Tiara for making that meeting happen. The one good thing we can say about all the crap we have to go through is that it also fosters such wonderful connections.


  1. Those betas sound good to me. I know it's still early days, and everything could go wrong. But, things are good for now.
    YES! It's amazing to meet other bloggers. I wrote about that recently. And hey, I'm in Ontario too if you're ever back out this way. I'd love to meet you, Jay.

  2. Congrats on this new bit of good news!

    tara k

  3. A little late to the party - but wanted to say congratulations!!! I know it will be impossible not to worry, so I'm not going to tell you not to. :) Saying a little prayer for your little one...it can't hurt, right?

    So glad jealous you got to meet up with Tiara!

  4. These betas appear helpful to us. I realize it's still start, as well as almost
    everything could go wrong. Yet, things are good for now.

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  5. Sounds like good solid betas! Congrats! I hope things continue to go smoothly!

  6. i hate your going thru this....it must be really taxing! Take Care...

  7. Thank you Jay!! It was so good to meet with you & I'm glad we got the time to!
    As you know, I'm not scientifically inclined, but could the difference in numbers actually be a good sign? Regardless, I am sending lots of good thought out into the universe for you & your babe...we'll make it to visit you both some day! ;)

  8. Oh Augusta it would have been so nice to have been able to meet you! I have family in the greater Toronto area, and I will keep coming back to visit them. At some point, we will definately make a meeting happen :)

  9. Yes it is possible; hope this little one makes it and can get to