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Lack of Pregnancy Symptoms?

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I know I am probably being ridiculous, but as I have been through 2 previous miscarriages, I am terrified it will happen again! I am 6 weeks pregnant today and have had very few symptoms. My breasts are tender, but only on and off, and I have felt a tiny bit sick a few times, but not enough to keep me from eating.

I had my Hcg levels checked a week ago and they were 698. This week they were 8511 so they are definately rising but I worry that I don't have the symptoms other people have. Am I nuts?

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I don't think you're nuts.  Just keep in mind that some women don't have all the symptoms.  I never had morning sickness with either pregnancy, so maybe that's just something you won't really experience.  My breasts were sore in the very beginning.  I actually thought it was just PMS since I was supposed to be starting my cycle.  The tenderness decreased after I found out I was pregnant.   Your Hcg levels seem to be rising, so that's a good thing.  I wouldn't stress too much over lack of symptoms as long as your hormone levels are good.  :) 

The only pregnancy symptom I had when I was that early was painful boobs-  and fatigue; but I chalked that up to daily life and stress LOL.  I can definitley understand why you would be worried; but everyone is different.  I don't know much about the HGC levels and where they should be at; but since they are rising I'd take that as a good sign.

Best of luck to you in this pregnancy.  Hopefully you won't have the morning sickness-  it doesn't sound fun at all!!  I had very minor nausea starting around 10 weeks for about 2 weeks or so.

I had very few symptoms with both of my pregnancies. My first, I threw up one time and was very tired. My second, I had major food aversions and nausea along with fatigue (which was caused by anemia). With both pregnancies, the symptoms were gone by 10 weeks (except the fatigue...I was anemic all through my second pregnancy).

According to the American Pregnancy Association, here are guidelines to hCG levels:

  • 3 weeks LMP: 5 - 50 mIU/ml
  • 4 weeks LMP: 5 - 426 mIU/ml
  • 5 weeks LMP: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml
  • 6 weeks LMP: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml
  • 7 - 8 weeks LMP: 7, 650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
  • 9 - 12 weeks LMP: 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml
  • 13 - 16 weeks LMP: 13,300 - 254,000 mIU/ml
  • 17 - 24 weeks LMP: 4,060 - 165,400 mIU/ml
  • 25 - 40 weeks LMP: 3,640 - 117,000 mIU/ml
  • Non-pregnant females: <5.0 mIU/ml
  • Postmenopausal females: <9.5 mIU/ml

Sounds like you're right on track! You're definitely not nuts; I'd be worrying like crazy, too! Good luck :)


First off i am sorry about your previous misscarriages. I didn't have any symptoms of pregnancy with either of mine9 i am 35 weeks) except for no period and a bit of indigestion. With my first pregnancy i was so worried that i think i took about 12 pregnancy tests. I don't think you are crazy at all:)

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Congrats on this pregnancy!

I totally understand your fear and dread.  I lost my second child at 9 weeks after no symptoms.  But, with my first, my symptoms didn't really start until about 6 weeks in, and she was born completely normal, so lack of early symptoms doesn't necessarily mean anything.  Really, every pregnancy is different.

Obviously, your OB is monitoring your progress through hcg testing; has she scheduled an early ultrasound?  At six weeks, you should be able to actually see the baby's development.  An u/s should help give you peace of mind, and most OBs are willing to do one for "high-risk" patients like us.

Good luck!

I have a beatiful, very healthy 3 yr old boy who never gave me any trouble - until he came out!  I suddenly realized that I hadn't had a period and that my clothes were tight, that's how I figured out I was pregnant!  I did have heartburn starting about 3 months but that was because he had his feet shoved up my throat the whole time.  Relax and enjoy the wonderful sleep that you can get right now because you sure won't get it after the baby comes!  And I agree with the above.  Have an early ultrasound.  You can see and hear the baby now and put your mind at ease. 

Well I decided to have an early sonogram tomorrow to put my mind at ease, so I will let everyone know tomorrow! I am getting much more nauseous over the last few days...which is great...but not so great!

Well I have good news and bad little bean is healthy as can be 6wks2days and they found the heartbeat (136bpm). The bad news is that I have a 5-6cm cyst on my ovary. The doctor said it may or may not go away but that if it gets bigger it will have to be removed which puts the pregnancy at risk. Has anyone had a cyst like this and what was the outcome?

I am 7 weeks today and my only symptoms have been intermittently sore breasts and fatigue.  I was worrying for the first few weeks because the symptoms come and go, but I know my hcg levels have risen.  I think it is quite normal to worry.

Forgot to comment on the  cyst.  I am an RN and I used to work L&D.  We took care of a lady who was 20 weeks pregnant who had a cyst the size of the basketball.  The cyst was removed and she went on to deliver a perfectly healthy baby boy at term. 

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