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A lot of you will be having HCG levels monitored, so I thought I'd post a list of the ranges of hcg levels for each week in the 1st trimester - as you can see, the ranges are very broad, and what is important is that *your* level doubles every 48-72 hours.
Here is the average range for the first trimester (most women will only get HCG drawn for 1-3 weeks)
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
Some information about HCG
- it stands for 'human chorionic gonadotropin'
- it's made by cells from the placenta
- HCG of 5 or under = not pregnant, and 25+ is classed as pregnant
- the level will reach it's peak between 8-11 weeks, before starting to drop off
- once HCG reaches 1000-2000, it's possible to see a gestational sac when doing a vaginal/internal ultrasound, though most providers will want to wait until the levels are at 2000 (generally 5-6w gestation)
- HCG that isn't doubling in the 48-72 hour time frame can be an indicator of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
- high HCG levels from early on can be an indicator of pregnancy of multiples, or a molar pregnancy