Thursday, October 23, 2008

HCG Levels at Beta

I only have 5 more days until beta. Some women on the Fertility message boards have received their BFP. Some have high HCG numbers and some have low number. What do the number mean?

Anything above 5 is considered pregnant. Unfortunately some doctors feel that anything lower than 20 is considered borderline. Most doctors feel anything lower than 10 is not a viable pregnancy. I say don't count your chickens before they are hatched. Some women with low HCG on the message boards have gone on to have a healthy full term baby.

Here is the levels at weekly intervals.

3 weeks LMP: 5 - 50 mIU/ml
4 weeks LMP: 5 - 426 mIU/ml
5 weeks LMP: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml
6 weeks LMP: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml
7 - 8 weeks LMP: 7, 650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
9 - 12 weeks LMP: 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml
13 - 16 weeks LMP: 13,300 - 254,000 mIU/ml
17 - 24 weeks LMP: 4,060 - 165,400 mIU/ml
25 - 40 weeks LMP: 3,640 - 117,000 mIU/ml
Non-pregnant females: mIU/ml
Postmenopausal females: mIU/ml

In most cases if your HCG level doubles or close to doubles in 48 hours then the baby is growing and the pregnancy is viable. If the HCG level starts to drop it probably means you will miscarry.


Sources:
American Pregnancy Association
Bobrow
Childbirth
Dr.Spock

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