Normal HCG Levels
Predicting HCG levels is not as easy as it may appear; if implantation has not occurred, HCG will not be produced or a home pregnancy test may not be able to identify HCG levels in your urine until HCG levels have had a chance to accumulate within your body. Producing HCG within a woman’s body takes time and it may take a few days or at least a week until a woman will have HCG in her body.
So how does a woman determine if her HCG levels are normal? Countless women may be terrified when they hear that their HCG levels normally double within 48 hours during their first trimester. However, what women may not fully understand is that HCG levels often double at a much slower rate and that this can be normal as well. In order to determine if your HCG levels are rising normally, there are a few things you must know about how HCG levels typically rise.
Depending on your levels, for example, it can take several hours or days for levels to rise. Therefore, if a woman’s HCG levels are below the 1,200 mark, it can take between two to three days for her levels to double. If HCG levels are between 1,200 and 6,000, it may take up to four days for these levels to double. Levels above 6,000 may also take approximately four days, or possibly more, to double. This time frame is perfectly normal, as it takes time for HCG levels to rise at a steady rate. After an eight week time period, a woman’s HCG levels will begin to slow dramatically and eventually decline. This change is normal as well. It is important that you receive your HCG directly from your physician. There are a lot of women whole are told by their specialist that their HCG levels are rising slowly, yet they do not know the exact rate or number. It is imperative that you ask your physician about your HCG levels and know how many days have passed between each test. Another option to determine your HCG doubling time after you met with your physician, is to find a hGC calculator online, which is widely available.
It is imperative that you not over-analyze or become scared if your HCG levels plateau or decline temporarily. Throughout research, declining numbers may indicate a variety of reasons as to why this may occur. Though it is not the case for every woman, slowing or declining numbers may determine a miscarriage, dehydration, or other factors. One-third of women may bleed during pregnancy so expect numbers to go temporarily slow down or drop off completely. Remember that numbers that are declining do mean that a miscarriage will be certain, for a decline may only be a temporary occurrence.
In an average or typical pregnancy, HCG levels will start to plateau and eventually decline as a woman becomes closer to the end of her pregnancy. It is for that specific reason that many physicians do not check HCG levels during this time, as as numbers will vary from woman to woman.