You pee on a stick and if a dotted line appears on it ,then you are pregnant- Kudos! If you are undergoing fertility treatment or have been part of pregnancy losses you are bound to be closely monitored by your obstertitican. In the first few weeks, it usually goes on with the testing of a hormone referred to as HCG in short. In fact ,this is the same hormone which your home pregnancy test measures. But you need to take into account that the home pregnancy test is just a qualitative test and will just tell you on whether you are pregnant or not only. In case of the HCG- test which your doctor will ask you to take, it is bound to measure the actual amount of hormone in your blood.
All about HCG in a nutshell.
HCG beta as the name suggests ,is a hormone which goes on to divide the placenta cells of your embryo. The main function of it is to stimulate the corpus luteum, when the ovary releases an egg. The main function of the hormone is to maintain the endometrial lining. These are detectable in your blood tests, after 11 days of your conception, and after 12 to 14 days after conception in urine tests 4.
As it is evident the beta numbers vary between women at any give point of time. The doctor will go on to look at a certain level and then go on to undertake an HCG beta test, the second test will point in the direction on whether your pregnancy is viable or not. In normal cases the HCG levels tend to double after every 2 to 3 days and for a healthy pregnancy the level has to be around 1200 mLu. After this point of time the doubling goes on to increase 3 to 4 days, and then it goes over 600 MLU. This is commonly referred to as HCG doubling time after 6000
In case if your HCG- beta is not doubling as it should be in the first few weeks of pregnancy, it could point to several directions. The first cause could be that your pregnancy could be ectopic and this means outside the uterus. The main characteristic of such a pregnancy is a slow to raise HCG beta and this is not in all the cases though
On the other side of the coin, if your HCG beta numbers are on the higher side then it is quite possible that you may be having a molar pregnancy. This form of pregnancy is known to occur by an error that happens during fertilization of the egg by the sperm. It results in the formation of abnormal tissues which paves way for random grape like cells. This case of pregnancy is normally removed by suction, and such a form of pregnancy is rare.
It is recommended that you do not be over obsessed with your HCG – beta numbers, but it is better said than done.