Jul 25, 2011
The homrones that come to play during the time of your pregnancy is known as hCG hormome. How much do you know about it?
Human chorionic gonadotropohin is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy. Also known as hCG, it is an indicator of a healthy pregnancy when its levels rise every 72 hours. During the initial stages of pregnancy, some women report low levels of hCG. It has happen due to a number of factors but levels of hCG are not a necessary indicator of a failed or weak pregnancy. Many women have gone on to deliver healthy babies despite low levels of hCG during early pregnancy.
A miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy can cause low hCG levels in the body. A miscarriage happens in early pregnancy when the fertilised egg fails to develop as expected after attaching itself to the wall of the uterus. A miscarriage also happens when the pregnancy fails to produce any placenta that is required for development.
This type of pregnancy can very well become a life threatening situation if not treated immediately. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilised egg actually plants itself outside the uterus and inside the fallopian tube. This may lead to bleeding, cramping and a dip in the hCG levels. hCG levels therefore, are an indicator of whether the pregnancy is a normal one or if it is ectopic in nature. hCG levels will remain low in case of an ectopic pregnancy.
When the fertilised egg successfully attaches itself to the wall of the uterus but thereafter fails to develop it leads to what is scientifically known as blighted ovum in early pregnancy. Although the gestational sac is produced by the body and some amount of hCG released but the levels in case of a blighted ovum fails to increase. Because the egg fails to develop its cells fail to produce hCG and that causes low levels of hCG in early pregnancy.
If you really have pregnancy symptoms but your home tests say otherwise then you should immediately get a blood test done.
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