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HCG Levels in Pregnancy

Whether it is their first pregnancy, or they have been pregnant before, many women have heard the term “hCG” while they are either trying to conceive, or shortly after they conceive, but they don’t necessarily know what it means.

In the medical world, hCG is short for Human chorionic gonadotropin which is a hormone that a woman makes when she is pregnant. It can be detected in a urine sample or a blood sample as early as 10 days before your period should start. However, it can take until several days after you miss your period for these levels to be high enough that they can be detected.

The hCG hormone helps sustain a woman’s pregnancy until the second trimester when the placenta starts functioning fully and takes over. It also helps create the testes, secretes estrogen, and helps develop the placenta.

For women who have faced infertility issues, or who have had problems with miscarriages, doctors will routinely draw blood to check the hCG levels 2-3 times a week in early pregnancy. This is because hCG is supposed to at least double in a 48 hour period until it reaches a certain level, when it starts to decline. If the levels are doubling, it is often a sign that the pregnancy is viable and progressing as normal. If there is only a small rise in the number, no rise in the number, or a drop, it can be the first sign to a doctor or midwife that this pregnancy may not last through the first trimester.

There is no “norm” in the range for hCG levels in a pregnancy. They generally fall into this range.

Week since last menstrual period began Amount of hCG in mIU/ml
3 5 – 50 (less than 5 means you are not pregnant)
5 19 – 7,340
7-8 7,650 – 229,000

If hCG levels are taken and they not only double, but triple, quadruple or more, this is often a sign that there is more than one baby in the uterus. When a woman is pregnant with multiples, her hormones will rise much faster than they do when it is just a single pregnancy.

If you have questions about your hCG levels, be sure to ask your doctor or midwife. They are the only ones who can correctly test, judge, and give you answers regarding the health of your pregnancy.


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mymy
6 days 33 minutes ago
I’m 4 weeks and 3 days and my hcg is only 13. I’ve been bleeding for 3 days. The same day I found out I was expecting it started. I need to make an appointment to see if my levels are still rising but I’m so afraid that this is a miscarriage. It’s hard for me to relax and wait two days to be seen by my ob dose anyone have any positive experiences from a level this low. I need for my baby to be ok. Emotionally I’m not ready to except that I’m not pregnant anymore. Please help
Missy
3 months 1 day ago

Good day. I had my first beta hcg on Feb 01 2016 it was 6303 two days later it was 8500. I have been spotting off and on for a week and based on my ovulation dates I am 21 days. I had an ultrasound last week and nothing was seen so the Dr suspected an eptopic pregnancy that’s when he sent me for the hcg tests. I am lost as to what is going on. Help

Katherine
3 months 8 days ago
Ok want to know if anyone has experienced a similar situation & went full term. Here is my timeline, 12/15 1st day of last mens, 12/27 suspected conception date, 1/15 & 1/16 3 positive home tests, 1/20 1st Dr visit pos urine & blood HCG 1536, 1/22 started spotting brown 1/25 still spotting visit Dr said can be normal had blood drawn, passed what looks like a piece of tissue, 1/26 still spotting went in for US they see intrauteral gestational sac measures 5 wks 2 days #s not back from bloodwork, 1/27 still spotting hcg came back from Monday… Read more »
Nicole
3 months 12 days ago
Hi there needing a bit of help.. Ok long story so bear with me LMP was 7/11/15 went to Drs and confimed pregnancy was told about 3-4 wks hcg was 1200 started spitting (brown) for 10 days New Years it turned red went to the antinatal dr he sent me for hcg that was 689 then back on the Wednesday it was 659 and was told it wasn’t looking good. Have don’t HPT between this all and it’s still saying positive. Pregnancy symptoms are still here been bleeding the red for 24 days it’s never been heavy never had pain… Read more »
Jackie
3 months 28 days ago
Hi I am in a similar situation and hoping you ladies can help me out. I had a period on 12/11/15 and started tested positive on 1/2/16 after taking every test there is up to 1/7/16. On 1/6/16 I went for a blood test which showed my hcg levels to be at 65. I went back today for a second blood test and I showed my levels are down to 23. Is it possible it dropped due to me not having a missed period yet or am I at risk for a miscarriage? Please help I am so confused. Thanks… Read more »
Sim
4 months 6 days ago

Hi wanted to know if anyone could help me with this.
I am currently 3 days late on my period which is very rare as my period is always on time. I went to get blood work done and I recieved a hug level of <^5. Could anyone tell me what this means as I know less then 5 is indicated as not pregnant. Should I get a mother blood test done in a few days?

Dori
4 months 17 days ago

I thought I had a miscarriage. My levels were 104,000 and then 77,000 5 days later, two days later they went up to 84,000.
What does this mean? Can anybody help me? The doctor was supposed to call me last night and explain my results but he must’ve forgotten and now I have the whole weekend to drive myself crazy

Dori
4 months 17 days ago

I thought I had a miscarriage. My levels were 104,000 and then 77,005 days later two days later they went up to 84,000.
What does this mean? Can anybody help me? The doctor was supposed to call me last night and explain my results but he must’ve forgotten and now I have the whole weekend to drive myself crazy

Nikkie
5 months 20 days ago
Hi, I had my period Oct 25, I started spotting on Nov 3 on and off for a week,I went to see my dr on Nov 10 and did she did an ultrasound which nothing was visible,so she informed me that I either had an miscarriage,pregnant in my tubes or it’s to early which she also took some blood,I went back on Nov 12 &, she informed me that my hormone level was 39 which is not a good sign of a normal pregnancy,more blood was taken. On Nov 14 she called me to inform me that my hormone level… Read more »
Rachel86
6 months 1 day ago

I’m so confused. I should be about 4 weeks or less pregnant. My hcg levels on November 1st were 7.5. I have bled and now am almost completely done. Still bleeding and spotting here and there. I had another blood test done on November 3rd, and the results were 8.4 ……????? I’m supposed to go back for another blood test. I thought I had a miscarriage. If I did, WHY are my levels slowly creeping up? If someone could answer this I would be so grateful!! Thanks!

Haylee
6 months 2 days ago

I had a miscarriage 4 months ago. Needed a d&c as it didn’t leave by itself. Ive had one period and now i think I’m about 7 weeks pregnant again. Its very stressful after having a miscarriage recently and now im already seeming to have doubts again. Hcg level was 6000 then 6500 4 days later. Apparently the hcg levels should have risen more than that. Waiting to do another blood test in 2 days. Hoping the levels have doubled. Im not getting attached to this pregnancy that’s all I know right now.

Jan
7 months 7 days ago

Im literally so confused Im a week late now and I have normal periods Ive taken 6 at home urine test and all negatives. Someone told me that I may be a women whos HCG levels arent going to be detectable until a week to two weeks after my missed period. I have many symptoms but negative tests this is so fustrating.

7 months 8 days ago

hello
after 14 days my embryos transfer i had hcg blood test i called to my gp to day asked my chg result but nurse said hcg test is normal asked what do you mean ima pregnant or not she said i don’t they said is normal make appointment and see doctor she said. iam worried
what is that mean is anyone help me?

hazel
7 months 11 days ago

Hey I just recently found out I was pregnant they said my hcg count was 400 how many weeks am I I really need to no my obgyn didn’t even check and the hospital gave me no information

brandy
7 months 21 days ago
I am 4-5 weeks pregnant, I am 3 days shy of my period, I started cramping on sunday and Monday when I woke up I was still cramping and has some blood drops when I used the restroom I went to the dr he said he didn’t see any blood around the baby but it was to early to detect if it was going to be a healthy or abnormal pregnancy so he did more blood work to see if my hcg was rising or falling, I am bloated also…. after i left a couple hours later the bleeding went… Read more »
Marcia
8 months 23 days ago

the hcg levels are supposed to double every 48 hours. If they are dropping or not doubling, that is not a good indication. I am 6 weeks along now and still worried about the first trimester. I had a miscarriage three months ago, had to do D&C and after one cycle I got pregnant again.

Louisa
8 months 27 days ago

Hello lady’s I haven’t had my period since Feb 24th and I took one test it came back I was pregnant then took another one an it it cane back I wasn’t and my doctor gave me a urine test and it said I wasn’t either. I had spotted in July but thts bout it and I’m not sure wat els to do..my doctor ain’t tryen to give me no blood test or ultra sound…

Ann
8 months 27 days ago

Ree,
I am in the exact same boat as you!! What was the outcome for you? Is the pregnancy still viable?
I had a mc 9months ago am 7 weeks now but my hcg was 3850 then 5350 72 hours later. We saw a heartbeat on us but still afraid something is wrong! Anyone with similar stories???

9 months 11 days ago
I took a pregnancy test that said I was pregnant about 6 1/2 weeks went to gynecologist and did a vaginal ultra sound they saw everything but a heartbeat went for more blood work and levels went up but not to whet they wanted them to be they told me to prepare for a miscarriage then I went for another ultrasound and it showed I was 5 1/2 weeks they schedule me for a d/c and I told them to send everything to a I obgyn to be sure I have no bleeding or cramping chest is very sore and… Read more »
Ree
9 months 22 days ago
I had a miscarriage exactly 9 months ago i found out 2 weeks ago I am pregnant again … I am 37 now so automatically doctors say I’m at a higher risk …. A week ago I had my blood done and everything was perfect my hcg was at 1490 … 4 and a half days later I had more bloods done and my hcg levels are only at 2690 so small difference of 1200 .. My lmp was 1st June but I was about 5 days early and they lasted about 8 days so 4 more then normal I… Read more »
Logan Apple
10 months 21 days ago

My name is Logan I’m 17, my pregnancy has been going great I’m 6 weeks 5 days. My hcg was right where it was supposed to be and then I went in for another appointment three days later my numbers only went up 1200, I’m really scared that my baby is dying. Has anyone else give through this any success?? Please answer me.

Laurenc
10 months 26 days ago
I am going through a similar situation found out was pregnant 1st June , had light to heavy bleeding on 4th June ended up in a&e on 6th June they done u/s found nothing and done blood tests they were at 300 went to get a test again 48 hours later they were 227 test again today they are now back at 300 Very confused bleeding now stopped they want me back in tomorrow to discuss a possible ectopic pregnancy I feel I still have all the prenancy symptoms sore boobs and very tired etc this is my first pregnancy… Read more »
11 months 4 days ago
Hey my name is Nina I found out I was pregnant on labor day 2015 which was a Monday I went to the ER cause I had been cramping they took urine and confirm I was pregnant and blood work my hcg levels was at 751 told me to come back or go to my OB in a couple of days to see have the levels double went back levels had drop 561 they said I was MC and yes I had been bleeding and cramping.. still was holding on to that little bit of faith that my baby might… Read more »
lee
11 months 23 days ago
Hi. I’m hoping what I say can help anyone who needs some answers. I am an ivf patient so I’m familiar with the hcg numbers. After embryo transfer, on day 10 they check for the hcg hormone, and check every couple days via bloodwork to make sure the hormone is doubling. I am almost 12 weeks along and have bloodwork done every week and that’s a relief because I know what’s happening. If you get anything higher than 5, you are pregnant. If your numbers rise but then start dropping that means the pregnancy is most likely going to end.… Read more »
Nicole
1 year 6 days ago

I found out I was pregnant 23rd and I was spotting for 5 days so I went to the er and they said my pregnancy hormones were 46 and set me an appointment at an ob/gyn and they had told me my pregnancy hormones were at 31 and he does not think that my pregnancy will go on. I have recently missed my period on the 29th and have been feeling very sick and dizzy with diarrhea Could my baby still be developing? We’re the doctors wrong?

jade
1 year 1 month ago

I had a blood test weds and was 549 and another yesterday was 580 so not gone up as much as they would like. No bleeding or one sided cramps. Go back today for more. Anyone know what this means

Monica
1 year 3 months ago

Hello girls* iam in the same boat.
2 miscarrages i have 2 weeks pregnant from superovulation IUI my hcg level first 57 afyer two days dtop to 51
I should be worry? Any body??? Please help me out.
Nurse said tomorrow i go again for blood work.
i want to be able to sleep.
If you know, let me know.
thank you * God bless you all(*(

Kat
1 year 9 months ago
I took a hpt and it was positive after my boobs were sore and did not subside. I took another test 2 days later and it was also positive. Off to the doctor for a blood test to confirm and it was positive. I did not get actual hcg figure from him (will call on monday) but he sid it was consistent with 7 weeks. I thought i was about 6 weeks based on cycle. HUbby and I went off for a scan on Thursday and we were told it was measuring 4.5 weeks and to come back in 2… Read more »
Trisha0309
1 year 10 months ago

Hey I am 2 weeks over due done lots of hpt came out negative my doctor done blood test & my hcg was at 950 i must go back Monday for mre bloods what does it mean if my HCG is at 950::::

Jessica
2 years 11 months ago
I had a blood pregnancy test done about a week ago n they called me n said tht it cane bck my hcg level was 4 and said i was boarder line pregnant and said tht if i didnt start my period over the weekend to come back n have another one done. Well i didnt start so i went bck monday morning so of course i was excited hoping i was pg but they called me and said my levels came the same a 4!!!!! What does tht mean???? Please help!!!! But 3 years ago in september i found… Read more »
christina
3 years 11 days ago

also based on my research and based on the first day of my last period my hcg levels are high even though they are moving very low bc as of today i should be 4 weeks and 5 days with levels of 4700ish if i am having more than one baby is it possible to still move slowly and not see anything in the ultrasound or is it possible that i was having more than one baby and one or more miscarried and one is still alive? just a thought

christina
3 years 11 days ago

also if anyone has any numbers to any doctors who are willing to answer any of my questions and give their opition i would be ever so thankful if you could give them numbers to me thank you

christina
3 years 11 days ago
so im just going to put my whole situation from begainning to end on here to help eveyone understand exactally what is going on with my pregnancy to better help you help me if possible… the first day of my last period was march 23rd it lasted till the 29th. i started spotting and then slightly bleeding on the 7th of april so on the 9th when it did not stop i went to the hospital after taking 2 home pregnancy test and getting a positive the doctor did a blood test and urine test they both said positive so… Read more »
Erica
3 years 24 days ago

Im 21 and late for my period my hgc they say it is 21 today but 2 and a half days ago they say it was lower than this so what does this mean.?! Please help.!

Emily
3 years 3 months ago
Hi I had a ectopic in June of last year, I recently found out I’m pregnant not sure how far as I have regular periods, I went to the hospital with bleeding, so they tested my hormone levels it was a low 18 then 30 then 27 then24 and now 32, still low I’m still bleeding but no clotting and no pain, had two internal scans and they can’t see the baby, which just may mean I’m to early to see the baby, but I’m getting very worried now and don’t really no what any of this means can anyone… Read more »
Latiesha
3 years 9 months ago

I had a termination at 13 weeks due to medical reasons and
This was only a month ago.
Me and my partner have had unprotected sex numerous times
And I took a clearblue digital test and it’s showed up pregnant 1-2
Meaning I conceived one to two weeks ago there for I’m approx 4 weeks pregnant
Is there any chance that this is just my hormone levels?
Please please get back to me in much need of knowing what’s happening
I have a doc appt tomorrow I just need some answers now :/

Thank you

Emma
3 years 10 months ago

Hi..

I had an abortion 2 month ago. No period since and 5 tests show positive. Went to doctor, he told me I am pregnant. Had blood drops and felt tingling. I scheduled urgent ultrasound and shows nothing and HCG at48. Am I pregnant? Or I still have hormones from previous pregnancy?

nerys
3 years 11 months ago

went to hosptail last night am 11 week preageant they found sports blood in my urine told me go back friday for scan am worried in cast i lost the baby

ELSY SERRANO
3 years 11 months ago

I DID A PREGNANCY TEST IT WAS 16.3 WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RESULS THERE WAS A NUMBER 5 IM COMFUSE THEY TOLD ME TO DO THE BLOOD TEST IN 2 MORE DAYS DOES IT MEAN IM PREGNAN OR NOT HELP ME PLEASE ?

dan
4 years 4 months ago

cazz.. My partner and i had the same thing, hcg levels went up but didnt double, we hoped for the best but unfortunately lost the baby.

cazzamaytee
4 years 6 months ago

Hey, its caroline I am 5wekks pregnant and been bleeding a lot over these couple of days I went for a blood test and 2days later went for another they said it went up but did not double.I went back this morning for a internal scan and they said they could see a shac but they told me go bk in 10days as any1 at all been through thiss I am really worried ?! Let me know

Courtney
4 years 6 months ago
I had a ectopic pregnancy in march . I found out on sept 13 I was pregnant again. My last period was aug 18. I went for blood work and more blood work. The doctor told me the levels where fine. I changed doctors before they did a ultrasound. When I finally had a ultrasound I was 9 weeks. The tech looked and looked, she found a sac no baby. They sent me for more blood work that was on a Friday. I had to go for more blood work that next Monday.. They called and told me my numbers… Read more »
Victoria
4 years 6 months ago
I almost miscarried 2 days ago and they did the ultrasound@ the hosp, and everything is right where it should be, But they can’t find a heartbeat and it could be because it is too early.and the dr.@the hosp. said I would probally miscarry all of they way within the next few days, but I haven’t and yest. I went to my new dr. she is an actual obygn and she did some testing of her own on me and she is keeping watch on my HCG levels to make sure they are going up like they should while I… Read more »
Toni
4 years 9 months ago

Hi I had a blood test 4 weeks ago then come up negative but had another on yetetday that says my hCG is 36736 is this a higher readingthen normal since I can’t be any further than 3-4 weeks.

Bobbie
4 years 11 months ago
Quantative hcg levels are drawn to establish how the pregnancy is progressing. Since the levels can vary so much from individual to individual there is no real way to determine who will or will not carry to term. Typically levels are drawn over the course of six days first to get a baseline level with the following two providing assistance with determination of due date and or the presence of multiples. A rise in levels with a decrease may indicate a potential miscarriage but is not difinitive. A rise in levels then a decrease and then another rise may be… Read more »
kate
5 years 15 days ago

i just found out that im 8 weeks pregnant , my hcg levels were at 10,000 , when I went to the hospital two weeks ago it was only at 22 and the doctor told me that i was on the way to losing the baby? what happend im confused and dont know weather to get exicited or what any one have answers ?

5 years 1 month ago
i recently found i am prego.i had a few chemical preg. my IUD fall out in Dec 09 and had several meds to control bleeding on 02\21 hcg at 35 on 02\23 at 81 02\25 at 300 02\28 at 904 my doc told me every thing was looking good. this baby was going to make it on 034 i had a scan and was not able to see anything had more blood work done dropped to 635. was told i was going to miscarrey. then and another scan on the 037 still nothing and had more blood work done. i… Read more »
yvonne
5 years 1 month ago
i had a m/c nov 2010 , i found out i was pregnant again on 22 feb , i started to bleed n had my blood work done my hcg was 457 i went 2 days later n it had dropped to 351 ive had them repeated again and its 308 , they have told me its a non viable pregnancy which means it will fail , this is twice in 4 months and its heartbreaking , to anyone who’s hcg levels are dropping , this is not a good sign and you should prepare yourself for the worst ,… Read more »
sarah
5 years 3 months ago

just found out im pregnant 5 6 weeks back at hosptal next thursday see if they can get babys heartbeat any1know how many weeks have to be to see it has this this my first baby

jessica
5 years 3 months ago

hey
tina
i found out i was pregnant on the 25th of dec an got my blood work done on 28 an they were 880 then on the 30 they were 2200 so they set me up with a sono an they told me i misscaired but i went to er an the baby was fine an head a heart beat i would always get a second apinion

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