HCG Levels At 5 Weeks
Think you might be pregnant? One way you can tell if you're pregnant—and also how your pregnancy is coming along, is your HCG levels. Your HCG levels at 5 weeks will be elevated, but you can usually tell if you're pregnant sooner than that. At just 3 weeks, elevated HCG is usually detectable with a home pregnancy test. By 5 weeks, however, you should be pretty certain whether or not you're pregnant.
At 5 weeks pregnant, your HCG levels should measure 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml. As you can see, that's an impressively wide range! You can be at either end of that range and still have a normal pregnancy—although if you're at either extreme you should be cautious. It isn't just women in the median though who are healthy and who have healthy babies. There is a ton of variation in healthy HCG levels. One reason for that is actually incidental—many women miscalculate the date of their conception. The result is that the weeks are calculated incorrectly, and consequently the HCG levels may appear high or low at 5 weeks or any other stage in the game.
If you miscalculate your date of conception, not only will your HCG levels seem off, but you may think you're running late (or early) at the end of your pregnancy. It can be tempting to become very anxious about your HCG levels, and even more tempting to be anxious if you don't deliver on the specified date, but in most cases, the reasons are innocuous in both situations.
For the first 9-12 weeks of your pregnancy, your HCG levels should increase, generally doubling every two to three days until they reach their maximum levels. Peak HCG levels are generally 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml. After you reach your peak HCG levels, your levels will begin dropping off once again.
What if your HCG levels at 5 weeks or any other time period aren't within the range which is specified? If your levels are higher than the range given, it could be that you miscalculated your date of conception, or you might be pregnant with twins or multiples. In rare cases you might have what is called a molar pregnancy, which is a dangerous medical condition. What if your HCG levels are lower than the specified range? This may once again mean that you miscalculated, or it could mean that you have an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage is on the way.
Your doctor will let you know if your HCG levels are a concern. If you're experiencing any strange or unexpected symptoms (like vaginal bleeding), you should let your doctor know right away. This may be another indication of a possible problem. Should there be any reason to suspect something could be wrong, you will be given additional HCG tests by your doctor in the coming days, and an ultrasound will be ordered once it can reveal additional information. Then you and your doctor will decide what to do from there, if there is indeed anything wrong.