The Beta hCG hormone: everything you need to know about the pregnancy hormone

Small symptoms portend a future pregnancy, is it time to check for the presence of the beta hCG hormone? Nicknamed the pregnancy hormone , beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) can be detected from the first day of late period by urine or blood test!

Because we know how important it is for future mothers to understand their bodily changes , we explain in detail the role and functioning of the hCG hormone. Discover as a bonus, the benefits of our anti-stretch mark routine to take care of yourself during these nine months!

What is the beta hCG hormone?

Beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is the famous hormone that helps detect pregnancy ! Produced by the cells of the placenta ( trophoblastic cells) 6 days after conception (at the time of implantation), beta HCG serves to support the corpus luteum (ovarian secretions) to prevent the return of periods and stimulate the production of progesterone: essential to ensure the normal development of a pregnancy.

Commonly called the pregnancy hormone, the action of hCG can be summarized in three points:

  1. Keep the corpus luteum active for progesterone production
  2. Avoiding the return of periods
  3. Stimulate the production of other necessary hormones

Side effects of beta hCG? Nausea, fatigue, sore breasts, and yes, the hCG hormone is one of the causes of your symptoms at the start of pregnancy!

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How is the pregnancy hormone secreted?

The secretion of beta hCG begins as soon as the embryo is implanted in the uterus . Concretely, the placenta develops and produces this hormone after fertilization to ensure the smooth progress of the start of pregnancy and the development of the embryo.

Secreted from the first days of pregnancy, the level of hCG doubles approximately every two to three days to reach its maximum level towards the end of the first trimester of pregnancy!

Did you know ? In case of multiple pregnancy, the beta hCG level is higher and varies depending on the number of embryos implanted. For what ? The more embryos there are, the more the placenta cells secrete the hCG hormone.

Here is the evolution of the beta-HCG level according to the weeks of pregnancy:

  • Between 3 and 4 weeks of pregnancy: hCG level between 5 and 426
  • Between 4 and 5 weeks of pregnancy: hCG level between 19 and 7340
  • Between 5 and 6 weeks of pregnancy: hCG level between 1080 and 56500
  • Between 6 and 7 weeks of pregnancy: hCG level between 7650 and 229000
  • Between 7 and 8 weeks of pregnancy: hCG level between 76750 and 289000
  • Between 8 and 9 weeks of pregnancy: hCG level between 257,000 and 334,000
  • Between 9 and 12 weeks of pregnancy: hCG level between 13,300 and 253,000

Then, beta HCG stabilizes and decreases during the second and third trimester of pregnancy.

How to interpret the results of the hCG hormone level? The level appears on your blood test results and indicates whether or not your pregnancy is going well. If the level is abnormally low, it may signal an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or clear egg. Conversely, a beta hCG level that is too high can indicate a multiple pregnancy or a more advanced stage of pregnancy!

From the second trimester of pregnancy,

Please note: Consult a midwife sonographer or a gynecologist to perform the dating ultrasound. Only this exam will be able to correctly date the start of your pregnancy.

How to detect pregnancy hormone?

Urine test

The urine pregnancy test detects the presence of the beta hormone hCG in urine from the first day of missed period . Simple and quick, it is often used to confirm a pregnancy. This test is available in pharmacies and can be done at home. You will quickly have a positive or negative result. Done too early, you could have a false negative. But there are also early tests that can be carried out a few days before the expected period date . If in doubt about the result, opt for a blood test.

Blood test

Beta HCG circulates in the woman's blood and can therefore be easily measured by taking a blood test. To confirm pregnancy, the blood test is more accurate than a urine test to measure the beta hCG level. It allows you to follow the progress of the pregnancy and detect possible problems in the progress of your pregnancy. It is advisable to carry out a second test 48 hours after the first to confirm the good progress of the pregnancy.

The blood test to carry out the HGC beta is reimbursed by social security if you present a prescription. Otherwise, count between 15 and 20 euros to carry out this test at your own expense.

Please note: the blood test can detect pregnancy earlier than the urine test , around 6 to 8 days after ovulation.

Taking care of yourself during pregnancy

You have just taken your pregnancy test and good news, you are pregnant! From a medical point of view, your hCG hormone level is perfect: your pregnancy is progressing normally.

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Our advice: use our Téane anti-stretch mark routine dedicated to pregnant women from the first trimester, by applying the products twice a day with a delicate massage! If the first stretch marks appear, reinforce your routine with our SOS stretch mark balm !

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