HCG Levels In Early Pregnancy Chart
During the early stages of pregnancy, it's useful to keep an eye on your HCG levels. These are the levels of human chorionic gonadotropin which are present in your body. Here is a chart of the HCG level in early pregnancy:
What's important to note about HCG levels first and foremost is that throughout your pregnancy there is a wide range of normal, healthy levels. That range is wider the longer you are pregnant. It is pretty broad even in the initial weeks however, so if your HCG levels aren't in the middle of the range, that's not usually a big deal. If your HCG levels are outside the range, however, whether high or low, they could indicate a problem. High HCG levels sometimes mean that you have a molar pregnancy, which isn't really a pregnancy at all but a tumor which needs to be removed. A molar pregnancy is a form of failed pregnancy—as is an ectopic pregnancy, which can be indicated by low HCG levels. Sometimes low HCG levels mean you're going to have a miscarriage. On occasion, high HCG levels during early pregnancy actually point toward twins or multiples.
Typically, high or low HCG levels which are still within the normal range are the result of something far more banal, which is a simple mathematical error in calculating the date of your conception. It's also true that every woman's body is different and so is every pregnancy. Your HCG levels will be unique as a result and not necessarily fall within the center of the expected range. That doesn't mean your pregnancy isn't a normal, healthy one.
HCG levels cannot by themselves confirm what's going on inside your body. If your levels are high or low, the only way that a doctor can figure out what's going on is usually to take a pelvic exam or give you an ultrasound. Very early in your pregnancy, an ultrasound can't give a clear image, so you may need a couple of follow up appointments if your levels seem odd. Be alert for symptoms of a miscarriage, molar pregnancy, or ectopic pregnancy. All three leave distinctive markers such as vaginal bleeding which you wouldn't associate with a healthy pregnancy. If you have any of these symptoms, it's key that you talk to your doctor about them immediately so that further tests can be conducted. If you don't have these symptoms and your levels are at the upper or lower ends of the ranges, the explanation is likely harmless.