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Hcg Chart

Hcg Chart

what isHcg Chart?

What exactly is a hCG level chart? Well unless you’ve been undergoing fertility assistance or been initiated into the unique language of fertility specialists, you aren’t likely to know. So don’t feel alone if you’re a little confused. hCG is the acronym for human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. This is a pregnancy specific hormone which is can be very important to women who are pregnant but not of much interest to those who aren’t.

hCG is the hormone which is responsible for all those early pregnancy symptoms which make millions of women the world over question if perhaps they are pregnant; many of them even before they’ve done a pregnancy test. Breast tenderness, feeling a little emotional, nausea and fatigue – they’re all due to hCG surging around the body.

HCG levels chart during pregnancy

Generally a woman’s hCG levels double every 72 hours. hCG levels reach their peak in the first 8-11 weeks or pregnancy and then they will tend to level off for the next two trimesters. This is why in the first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy symptoms can be so much stronger and intense.

hCG levels can vary between individual women and whether they are carrying more than one embryo. How she as an individual responds to pregnancy and how her body reacts is entirely unique.

N.B. It is important to remember that these numbers are intended as a guideline only. They are not definitive and are just meant to give an indication of what can be an average hCG range. Every woman and her pregnancy are unique and what is considered normal for one may not be for another. If you have any concerns about your individual hCG readings then it is important that you seek reassurance from your health care professional.

What’s interesting about hCG is that if the measurements start off high they don’t continue to expand at the same rate. In around 85% of normal pregnancies, a woman’s hCG level doubles every 48-72 hours. For women whose level of hCG is a little slower to get going, their increase can be much quicker than others. It’s as if nature knows that the wellbeing and survival of the embryo is dependent on the concentration of hCG increasing and there is no time to waste!

What Is HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin?

hCG stands for "Human Chorionic Gonadotropin," the pregnancy hormone, which is produced by the placenta and which is detected in the blood within a few days after implantation. When you test at home with a pregnancy test, you actually test for the presence of hCG in the urine. If hCG is present, then the pregnancy test will be positive, and that means you are pregnant unless there is a false positive pregnancy test.

Where does HCG come from?

hCG comes from the placenta and enters the blood soon after implantation and is detected via pregnancy tests. hCG starts to be produced by the placenta as soon as implantation occurs. This happens about one week after fertilization and ovulation when the embryo implants and the placenta attaches to the uterine lining.

Early HCG Levels

In most normal pregnancies, at hCG levels below 1,200 mIU/ml, the hCG level usually doubles every 48-72 hours and normally increases by at least 60% every two days.

In early pregnancy, a 48-hour increase of hCG by 35% can still be considered normal.

As your pregnancy progresses, the hCG level increase slows down significantly.

Between 1,200 and 6,000 mIU/ml serum, the hCG level usually takes 72-96 hours to double.

Above 6,000 mIU/ml, the hCG level often takes over four or more days to double.

In general, when the HCG level reaches 7200 mIU/ml, a yolk sac should be seen.

At an HCG level greater than 10,800 mIU/ml, there should be a visible embryo with a heartbeat.