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Hcg Levels At 4 Weeks

Hcg Levels At 4 Weeks

What is an hCG test?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by your placenta once an embryo implants in the uterus.

The purpose of the hormone is to tell your body to continue to produce progesterone, which prevents menstruation from occurring. This protects the endometrial uterine lining and your pregnancy.

A pregnancy test can detect hCG in your urine if your levels are high enough. This is how the test identifies that you are pregnant. But only a blood test can give you a precise numerical hCG reading.

Standard hCG levels

Standard hCG levels vary quite massively from woman to woman. This is because hCG levels really depend on what is normal for you, how your body responds to pregnancy, as well as how many embryos you are carrying. The way a woman’s body reacts to pregnancy is entirely unique.

The table below gives you a guideline as to the normal wide range of hCG levels in each week of pregnancy. hCG levels are measured in milli-international units of hCG hormone per milliliter of blood (mIU/mL).

Miscarriage

A miscarriage is a pregnancy loss that occurs before 20 weeks of gestation. Sometimes low hCG levels can indicate that you have had or will have a miscarriage. If the pregnancy fails to develop a placenta, then the levels may be normal initially but fail to rise. Common signs that you are experiencing a miscarriage are:

  • vaginal bleeding
  • abdominal cramps
  • passing tissue or clots
  • cessation of pregnancy symptoms
  • discharge of white/pink mucus

How is it treated?

Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to treat low hCG levels, though low levels alone are not always a cause for concern.

If your low hCG levels have been caused by a miscarriage, it’s possible that you may need treatment if any pregnancy tissue is left inside your womb. If there’s no tissue retained, then you won’t require any treatment at all. If there is, then there are three treatment options available:

  • You can wait for the tissue to pass naturally.
  • You can take medication to help you to pass the tissue.
  • You can have it surgically removed.

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.

hCG tips

Don’t get too worked up about your hCG levels. There’s little you can do to influence them and worrying and agonising over what your level is will do nothing but cause you undue stress.

In order to definitively know your hCG level it’s necessary to have blood tests. hCG levels can vary at different times of the day, from day to day and week to week. Remember – a one off hCG reading doesn’t provide much information; only what the level is at that specific point in time. It’s the pattern of readings and levels which gives a far more accurate indication of the status of the pregnancy and its viability.

Your job is to care well for yourself and do everything you can to stay healthy and fit. Doing this will give your baby the possible chances of growing to full term. Be confident that your body knows what to do – your hCG level is not under your power or control

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