If you become pregnant, especially after infertility, you may "live and die" by your HcG numbers.
Do you need more information about HcG levels in pregnancy and what the normal levels are? HcG stands for "human chorionic gonadotropin" - otherwise known as
hormone. Women who have normal pregnancies may never deal with having HcG
levels monitored (except to confirm a pregnancy). However, if you've
fertility treatments, you will probably have this test done after every cycle.
There are a number
of things which can affect HcG levels especially on home pregnancy tests.
This is why
most doctor's offices will use a blood test which is more sensitive and more
Some higher risk women get HcG levels monitored every 48 hours
Whenever I found out I was pregnant (even though most miscarried),
I would have my HcG levels drawn immediately and every 48 hours
thereafter to see what the numbers were doing.
For me, many times, the levels looked great and other times, they were
and not doubling like they should. Unfortunately, I miscarried all of those
pregnancies. Some doctors may recommend coming in periodically after a
miscarriage to make sure that your HcG levels are falling, however,
many times they don't. I should mention that on one of my miscarriages,
my HcG levels kept rising and they thought I might have a molar pregnancy.
This is where the pregnancy cells keep growing almost like a malignancy. as it turns out, I did not have a molar pregnancy,
but I did go ahead and have a D & C to be on the safe side.Interestingly, when I got pregnant with my daughter,
I decided not to have any bloodwork nor did I see a doctor until I was over
7 weeks. I didn't want a blow by blow accounting of my numbers.
If I was going to miscarry, then so be it (and of course, that was the
one pregnancy that made it). It makes me wonder why I put myself through
all blood draws and the subsequent waiting and wondering for the results.
Some women with low HcG levels go on
to have healthy pregnancies
I know a number of women who had HcG's drawn and they were told
the results were low but they went on to have healthy pregnancies.
Sometimes I think we just get too much information. If you are wondering
what the normal HcG levels are in pregnancy, this chart should give you some
guidelines which are followed by the medical community:
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