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.

List of related literature:

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
from The Reproductive System at a Glance
by Linda J. Heffner, Danny J. Schust
Wiley, 2010

High hCG levels are found in early normal pregnancy, molar pregnancy and choriocarcinoma.

“Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” by Balaji
from Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
by Balaji
Elsevier (A Divisionof Reed Elsevier India Pvt. Limited), 2009

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.

“Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-surgical Nursing” by Lillian Sholtis Brunner, Suzanne C. O'Connell Smeltzer, Brenda G. Bare, Janice L. Hinkle, Kerry H. Cheever
from Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-surgical Nursing
by Lillian Sholtis Brunner, Suzanne C. O’Connell Smeltzer, et. al.
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

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

“Creasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice E-Book” by Robert Resnik, Charles J. Lockwood, Thomas Moore, Michael F Greene, Joshua Copel, Robert M Silver
from Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice E-Book
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.

“Pregnancy and Childbirth E-Book: A holistic approach to massage and bodywork” by Suzanne Yates
from Pregnancy and Childbirth E-Book: A holistic approach to massage and bodywork
by Suzanne Yates
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

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

“Blaustein's Pathology of the Female Genital Tract” by Robert J. Kurman
from Blaustein’s Pathology of the Female Genital Tract
by Robert J. Kurman
Springer New York, 2013

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
from Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment
by Aubrey Milunsky, Jeff M. Milunsky
Wiley, 2011

HCG levels that are less than anticipated for a specific point in gestation may signal a pregnancy that is no longer viable.

“Foundations and Adult Health Nursing” by Kim Cooper, RN, MSN, Kelly Gosnell, RN, MSN
from Foundations and Adult Health Nursing
by Kim Cooper, RN, MSN, Kelly Gosnell, RN, MSN
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

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

“Textbook of Diagnostic Sonography E-Book: 2-Volume Set” by Sandra L. Hagen-Ansert
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by Sandra L. Hagen-Ansert
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

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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