I get a call at 8:47 this morning from the nurse I don’t like at the OBGyn office.
- Me: Hello
- Nurse: “Season, we got your blood work back.” (long pause & a sigh) “She’s gonna put you on progesterone.”
- Me: “So, does that mean my levels are low?”
- Nurse: …
- Me: “This is something I need to know. Are my levels low?”
- Nurse: (another long pause) “Your level is 18.9 and she wants you a little higher. You’ll need to come back in for blood work in one to two weeks.”
I get off the phone freaking out a little because I have no idea what 18.9 means. Is that low? What should it be at? Is the progesterone going to be enough? Gah!
I do a little search on progesterone levels in early pregnancy I found a wonderful page that calmed my nerves. During the first trimester, the progesterone levels can range from 9-47. The normal level for 5-6 weeks pregnant is between 12 & 20. At 18.9, I’m actually doing fine. I’m thinking she should have said that my levels are good, but the doctor wants to see them a little bit higher just to be cautious.
I start on the progesterone gel tomorrow. Lena has it on order because we didn’t have it in stock. Here comes the real nausea! Guess I better have a good meal tonight in case I don’t feel like eating much for the next month. It’s okay though. It’s worth it to me even if it turns out to be an unnecessary precaution.