Possible Meanings of the High hCG Level during pregnancy

 

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Less commonly, high hCG levels can indicate a significant complication with your pregnancy—namely a molar pregnancy. This rare abnormality occurs in one out of every 1,000 pregnancies. Molar pregnancies are believed to result from a genetic mistake in the fertilizing sperm or egg, which causes the cells that would typically develop into a fetus to grow into a.

Is a High hCG Level a Bad Thing? A high level of hCG can also mean a number of things and should be rechecked within 48-72 hours to evaluate changes in the level. A high level can indicate: Miscalculation of pregnancy dating; Molar pregnancy; Multiple pregnancies; Should I Check My hCG level Regularly? It’s not common for doctors to routinely check your hCG levels. HCG levels begin rising when an embryo implants in the uterus.

Implantation usually happens a week or so after ovulation. It can take several days for HCG levels to rise high enough for a test to. Early on in your pregnancy, the embryo starts to make more hCG as well as other hormones like estrogen and progesterone.

These hormones help build up the lining of the uterus and send signals to the ovaries to stop releasing eggs, stopping your period. Home pregnancy tests often work by detecting hCG in your urine. High hCG levels may also indicate preeclampsia, a pregnancy-linked condition that involves swelling and a sudden rise in blood pressure. In a 2012 study, for example, researchers found that hCG. This prevents menstruation and protects the uterine lining during pregnancy.

If you’re not pregnant and your hCG level is unusually high, it can be a sign of cancer. HCG levels higher than 5 million international units per milliliter (mIU/mL) typically indicate pregnancy. Your first test result is considered a baseline level. This level can range from very.

High levels of hCG can indicate the presence of more than one baby e.g. twins or triplets. Low levels of hCG can indicate pregnancy loss or risk of miscarriage. Low levels of hCG can also indicate an ectopic pregnancy or problems with the pregnancy and perhaps, the baby’s growth and/or development. Unusually high levels of hCG can indicate any one of several things, including pregnancy abnormalities, mistakes in calculating fetal age and multiple pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Resources for your journey. A high level of hCG can also mean a number of things and should be rechecked within 48-72 hours to evaluate changes in the level. A high hCG level can indicate: Miscalculation of pregnancy dating.

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Higher than normal hCG levels may indicate a molar pregnancy or multiple-gestational pregnancies.

“Creasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice” by Robert Resnik, MD, Robert K. Creasy, MD, Jay D. Iams, MD, Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, Thomas Moore, MD, Michael F Greene, MD
from Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice
by Robert Resnik, MD, Robert K. Creasy, MD, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

Higher than expected levels of hCG are seen with multiple gestations and molar pregnancies.

“The Reproductive System at a Glance” by Linda J. Heffner, Danny J. Schust
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by Linda J. Heffner, Danny J. Schust
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High hCG levels are found in early normal pregnancy, molar pregnancy and choriocarcinoma.

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The levels of hCG (the diagnostic hormone of pregnancy) double in early normal pregnancies every 3 days but are reduced in abnormal or ectopic pregnancies.

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Higher than normal hCG levels may indicate a molar pregnancy or multiple gestations.

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by Robert Resnik, Charles J. Lockwood, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Persistently low levels of hCG are associated with abnormal placental development or ectopic pregnancy.

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Serum hCG levels often are in the low or normal range for gestational age.”

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Throughout pregnancy, maternal serum hCG levels are higher in pregnancies

“Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment” by Aubrey Milunsky, Jeff M. Milunsky
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HCG levels that are less than anticipated for a specific point in gestation may signal a pregnancy that is no longer viable.

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Levels of hCG are increased in these pregnancies as compared with normal pregnancies, and the difference increases as gestation advances.

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  • Im 6 weeks 2 days and was seen by the doctor today. My doctor said my hcg levels are too high at 42,500 and should only be 10,000 im getting more labs today. The doctor started talking about twins

  • I have pcod. After treatment I got pregnant. But my beta hcg level only slightly increasing. ie, Increasing 70 per 48 hour. In my 2 ultrasound scan not seeing anything (no gestational sac). Anyone had the same problem?

  • My daughter is 6 weeks hers is rising she’s at 18,000 but docs keep saying not enough is this true they did ultrasound did hear a heartbeat praying all goes well for her as this is her first Baby ��������

  • Mam 190.80 range aai hai its positive mam but week pregnancy 4 week ki hai plz reply mam mam kya ye medicine se recover ho sakti hai

  • Congratulations! I am currently 20dpo and started getting bery faint positives 2 days ago but still negatives on the cheap strip ones. They don’t do bloodworl for HCG here in uk unless ypu have bleeding and are still getting positives. What is your due date?

  • dear mam. normal women range is less than 8.0 but 1 week shows positive on 3 to 100. and my patient result is 3.7 so is it positive

  • If I’m 14 weeks and had blood done on Sunday and got it done next on Tuesday and she said that they fell a bit is it normal she said it probably fine but I’m really worried

  • My blood test are in and it was 18,826 mlU. How many weeks am i? I was on the depo and decided to go on nexplanon. Took a couple of months to get the nexplanon inserted. I never got a period and im exclusively breastfeeding my 10 month old. So o have no idea when i got pregnant and on the blood test. It didn’t say how many weeks i am. �� i feel the baby move and kick

  • In Netherlands they don’t draw blood at all, they only test your urine to confirm if you are pregnant or not. They only do ultrasound at week 8, before week 8 they don’t do anything! When I had miscarriage at week 6, they didn’t test my HSG, 1 week later finally they tested, was at 117, they said it was too low, this low you will for sure have a miscarriage!

  • I’ll start by thanking you for posting the video, I know you said to go to Facebook for questions but I’m not on Facebook. My wife and I have exhausted every avenue available to try and conceive. Including iui. Our Dr. Is pretty set on telling us that we’re spending money on a bad cause and to go straight to donor. We’re obviously going to continue this journey until we feel we’ve given it our all. I’m found your video by looking up HCG Injections and or drops to see if anyone’s had any results. I’m actually asking you this without telling my wife cause I don’t want to get to another dead end and have to tell her about it. If you can PLEASE give me ANY advice I will be forever grateful. If you need any other personal info I’d be happy to share that with you. Thank you again for your time and dedication to this subject ☯️

  • Hello I missed period in 2 months but urine test is negative I m not pregnant so I do ultrasound but it’s normal I m not pregnant I m so tens doctor suggested the blood test beta HCG and scan please help me what I do please

  • I found your channel last Friday.. I lose my baby boy at 13 weeks because they say I have a short cervix and didn’t know until after I miscarried. Sometimes I feel like if I would have went earlier to the hospital that I would be turning 14week today. On 9-19-18 was a bad day. I lost a baby that seem healthy. It’s just that my cervix failed us. Anyways I really hope that next time I get pregnant it will be a success.. I just want to thank you for sharing your story with us. Because it had showed to to never loose faith and stay strong.. Thank you so much

  • So i found out i was pregnant 2 days after my period( on the 3rd when i was supposed to still be on my period).Blood level was at 25, on the 5th i started spotting. Is this normal?

  • They said i’m about 3 weeks along. My first HCG was 17, the next day they did blood work again and it went up to 29. I’m hoping i’m progressing good enough!

  • Hello Dr
    My last date of period is 15 May still periods will not come I consult with Dr she repeat my HCG but report is 0.500 negative why still periods will not come plz reply me

  • I m 4weeks today..Nd I am expcting twins..Nd I strngly believe dat itz twins in the name of God…I had a miscarriage months bfr..so dis s vry precious…pray for me..

  • Hey
    My HGC result in 1/2 was 34
    When I did it again in 7/2 was 1134
    That means that is increasing more than double
    What that suppose to mean and what I should do?

  • just found out iam pregnant and they call it anatomic location however my hcg is 2,731 how many weeks is that i have to go bck n three days fir another hcg check up is this normal

  • This is so crazy because in my comment on your last video I almost put congrats on your miracle/miracle(s?) but then I deleted it!!!

  • My beta hcg is 197 it is positive my last period is may 19 l have a miscarriage inmay 19 and not come periods in 2 months, in july 8 my hcg is 197 it is a good prefnancy pls reply me mam

  • Awesome numbers, sounds like ��������!!! Hopefully I’ll get my �� soon too! I also had an ectopic last august and had to have surgery for it on my only tube. Your story gives me hope ��

  • OH my goodness! Our stories are so similar. I have 2 boys, and I have had 2 miscarriages (October 2016 & January 2017). We are also PREGNANT with a rainbow baby due March 16, 2018. It’s terrifying and exciting all at the same time. All the feelings. I literally have to lay my fears at the feet of Jesus every single day. Praying for a healthy baby for you.

  • my hcg levels are low but they are increasing yet doctor’s believe my baby won’t make it n I have hope n faith because they number are going up just not enough

  • I’m about 12-13weeks pregnant without any hcg, but ultrasound is measuring 7weeks plus, with all pregnancy signs or symptoms, they placed me on undenied pregnancy called (cryptic pregnancy) please dear can you tell me when my hcg will be detected? somebody help me out of this situation, thanks.

  • So you say HCG can only appear in pregnant woman?
    I took a home pregnancy test on saturday 07/14 came back positive yesterday 07/17 i went to the ER because i was bleeding so went to go get checked out. They did urine test & blood test… Both negative…well i am looking at my papers now & it shows i have 2.39ml hcg how can i have that if I’m “not pregnant” they did a sonogram and told me they found a cyst in my left overy…. I took a test today & it came back negative… So I’m trying to figure out am i just now getting pregnant or i lost it… If it appears i did/do have hcg in my blood… I’m so lost.

  • I got my blood results back and they were 2.3 and they want to repeat it to see if they rise and I’m confused on what it means. Is it a negative or and early positive??

  • Ok iv been pregnant knew i pregnant july 2 yr ago clearblue digital pos 2-3 went hospital b told no im not pregnant urm i bleeding quite heavily ere if u fill a sanitary pad in an hour come back.no help as their test said no could this have been blood passes gave negitive.?? I knew before test i was pregnant id tried to b pregnant…6 r so wks later i got my normal period an i miscarry every pregencey i was schedualed for testin cause a miscaraige at diffrrent hospitali stupidaly did not attend.now i belive ive misscarriage again.

  • I tested beta hcg blood 5 days before my period. And it shows 2.80miu/ml should I wait more for detecting early pregnancy? HPT showed faint positive lines

  • I got three test positive but I went to get ultrasound and there’s nothing on my uterus or in my Fallopian tube and my hormones levels are 264 I don’t understand what’s going on

  • I met you at the plant-based nutrition conference in 2016. Glad I can use your videos to add to my knowledge before my OB/GYN clerkship (now that I’m starting 3rd year of medical school). Thanks for this great video!

  • I have pcod. After treatment I got pregnant. After 6 weeks& 2 days took 1st scan but not seeing anything special. Anyone had the same problem???

  • Me to. I lost my baby in Jan of this year and these is my rainbow baby. So I’m on edge can’t wait for my appointment Wednesday. No bleeding just discharge like crazy. I’ve been cramping.

  • beta-hCG-
    radioimmunoassay-25 th day of menstrual cycle
    radio receptor assay-22nd day of cycle
    when beta-hCG IS +but uterus empty in usg-
    very EARLY INTRA UTERINE PREGNANCY(b-hCG + at 22 day,TAS->33 days,TAS->40 days
    ectopic pregnancy
    complete abortion.

  • I know this was posted a year ago but it’s worth the try. My hCG levels are extremely high( 299k ) compared to my pregnancy development. I should be 8 weeks in 3 days but they can only see a fetal pole measuring at 6 weeks. My hCG levels have been going up my last test showed it 299k. Can I still have a normal pregnancy? Definitely hoping for the best preparing for the worst (molar pregnancy or miscarriage)

  • My levels were at 57 in week 7.. He turned out fine…
    Im now thinking Im pregnant again. I have a lot of symptoms, and last period was 95 days ago. On Day 67 i had bloodwork done. Resultats were less than one.. have an appointment next week

  • What is hCG? What level of hCG is considered pregnant?
    Please watch in the end video to detail
    I hope this video was helpful to those who are interested in hCG Levels. If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you

  • It was confirmed yesterday by the OBGYN that I had a miscarriage so I’m taking pills right now and I just started bleeding 5:30 this morning.

  • Hello, my beta hcg level is 1347 and tsh level is 7.3 at 14 day of ivf. At 19th day, my hcg level is 1174 and tsh is 4.15. What is means?

  • I m almost 6w pregnant tomorrow i had my ultrasound and they said they cant see anything plz help is it anything to worry?? I had my blood test but dont knw the result

  • Our stories are very similar. I’m a mommy of four, a five year old son, four year old son, two year old daughter, and delivered a still born beautiful baby girl New Years Eve 2016. I am currently expecting our rainbow baby as well. Have our first appointment and ultrasound Thursday. I can not wait to see your journey! ������������������������������