Pregnancy hormone Guide for Women

Pregnancy - United States (on September 09, 2014 01:15 AM)

Pregnancy hormone levels are medically referred to as human chorionic gonadotropin and abbreviated as hCG. These pregnancy hormone levels increase at a slower pace and rate during early pregnancy and tend to double every 48 to 72 hours and reach its peaks in the first 8-11 weeks.



hCD is made up of cells that make up the placenta which consumes about 2-3 pounds of the overall pregnancy weight gain. During the first 11 days the pregnancy hormone levels can be detected through a blood test but during the 12-14 days; after the fertile egg has attached itself to the uterus wall the hCD level or the pregnancy hormones can be detected by means of a urine test. This is when they start doubling.


What effects can a low hormone level have on pregnancy?

Though the pregnancy hormone levels can vary and there is no specific pattern of their growth but if the pregnancy hormone levels continue to resist from growing as they do during normal pregnancy then following could be the consequences:


1- Miscarriage
2- Ectopic pregnancy leading to miscarriage 
3- Miscalculation of the pregnancy progress
On the other hand; a very high level of pregnancy hormones could mean multiple pregnancy, and in worst case a high level of pregnancy hormone levels could mean molar pregnancy or result into a miscalculation of the pregnancy dating.


Checking on pregnancy hormone levels is not a usual practice that most healthcare providers engage into for you when you visit them during your pregnancy, but they may check on them in case they find the need. Pregnancy hormone levels are usually closely monitored if there seems a possibility of a problem.  


The pregnancy hormone levels are measured in milli-international units per milliller .i.e. mIU/ml, and on a general scale a count of less than 5 mIU/ml would mean; no pregnancy, while an above 25 mIU/ml would mean “pregnant”.
Does any medicine affect the pregnancy hormone levels?


Usually the medication taken during pregnancy, like the pain killers or prenatal vitamins do not affect the pregnancy hormone levels, but if you have been taking any medicine that contains hCD as recommended by your healthcare provider then, obviously they would interfere with your natural pregnancy hormone levels.


Your healthcare provider may run tests for you in order to test qualitative pregnancy hormones or quantitative pregnancy hormones. The former test indicates the presence of the hCD in your blood and the later detects the measure of the pregnancy hormone levels in your blood.


For women who experience a loss of pregnancy the hormone levels may get to a non-pregnant range in about 4-6 weeks. The time it takes for the pregnancy hormone levels to get to non-pregnant hormone levels can vary with how the loss has occurred, for instance it may depend on whether a miscarriage had occurred or birth has been given. Similarly if the loss occurred due to an abortion the time frame may vary.


To check on the pregnancy hormone levels get very important if you experience bleeding or severe cramping which can be categorized as more than usual, because cramping during pregnancy is common on its own due to the expansion of your uterus and how the other organs of your body react to your pregnancy. Do visit your doctor if you feel you are experiencing any of the two; cramps during pregnancy or bleeding.

 


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