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low hcg levels at 4 weeks

low hcg levels at 4 weeks

i am 4 weeks and 3 days pregnant. My HCG is only 17...is that really bad?

I took an HPT after i missed my period by a day, but it was really faint. i went to the dr. today and my hcg levels are at a 17, she said that was really low and now have to wait to test again in two days!  I am so nervous and was wondering if anyone had an experience with  low hcg levels but it turned out fine! I am so worried I am going to miscarry! help please:)

Low HcG levels ?? 4 weeks pregnant

I did blood to confirm my pregnancy at 3 weeks I am now 4 weeks. The results came back positive but my level was only 90 .. My doctor said that this is low .. I'm now I did blood to confirm my pregnancy at 3 weeks I am now 4 weeks. The results came back positive but my level was only 90 .. My doctor said that this is low .. I'm now concerned and even more paranoid cause my last pregnancy ended in a still birth. I get cramping here and there but nothing major for me to want to call the doctor or worry. I have no bleeding or anything.

 I'm still paranoid tho. They retested and I won't know for another week or so .. She said my pregnancy test was probably faint because my HcG was so low ... I retested today and my pink line is a lot darker then the first test I used about 4 days before my period was due. I'll attach a picture. My theory is that cramps are normal.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in Pregnancy

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is produced by an embryo once implantation has occurred. In a healthy pregnancy, the embryo implants in the uterus and the developing placenta causes hCG levels to rise. One to two weeks after conception (3-4 weeks of pregnancy, as dated from the last menstrual period), the hCG levels will be high enough to trigger a positive result on a home pregnancy test. According to the American Pregnancy Association, hCG levels will double every 48-72 hours during early pregnancy. They will typically peak between week eight and 11.

What Is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

When an egg is fertilized and implants in any location other than the uterus, the pregnancy is considered ectopic. "An ectopic pregnancy accounts for 1-2% of all pregnancies," says Dr. Tami Prince, an OBGYN at the Women's Health and Wellness Center of Georgia in Greensboro, Georgia.

 "They represent 2.7% of all pregnancy-related deaths according to the CDC and ACOG. 90% of ectopic pregnancies occur in the Fallopian tubes." Other times, a pregnancy may implant in the abdomen, in an ovary, or on the cervix—these cases are much rarer than a tubal pregnancy.

Slow Rising hCG Levels

In some healthy pregnancies, the beta hCG level does not double every 48 hours. However, this is not necessarily a cause for concern. Many women have had low hCG levels and have gone on to have healthy pregnancies.

ccording to Dr. Amos Grunebaum, an OBGYN at Cornell Weill Medical College, you should not put too much stock in having hCG levels determine the viability of a pregnancy. With that said, there should still be some monitoring. A drop in hCG levels ranging around 36% and more could indicate a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

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