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Slow Rising HCG Levels

I am 5.5 weeks pregnant.  I am considered I high risk pregnancy due to my age (40) and the fact that I have three large uterine fibroids.  My HCG levels are rising but slowly.  On 1/31 my levels were 8349 on 1/6 they were 9600.  I have had one incident of light bleeding and cramping. I went to the emergency room and was sent back home and told to take it easy.  Since then I have not had any cramping or bleeding nor headaches.  However, some of my pregnacy symptoms have diminished from previous weeks.  Is it possible for me to be able to have a healthy full term pregnancy considering my hcg levels are rising slowly?  How much of an effect are the fibroids having on the rise in my HGC levels?
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I am not aware of fibroids having an effect on the rising HCG levels - however, I am not a gynecologist, so that is something you may want to confirm.  

There is quite a range as to what "normal" HCG levels would be like. HCG levels peak at about eight to 10 weeks of pregnancy and then decline, remaining at lower levels for the rest of the pregnancy.  Here is a sample listing of expected HCG levels based on time after conception:

* 0-1 week: 0-50 mIU/ml
* 1-2 weeks: 40-300 mIU/ml
* 3-4 weeks: 500-6,000 mIU/ml
* 1-2 months: 5,000-200,000 mIU/ml
* 2-3 months: 10,000-100,000 mIU/ml
* 2nd trimester: 3,000-50,000 mIU/ml
* 3rd trimester: 1,000-50,000 mIU/ml
* Non-pregnant females: <5.0 mIU/ml
* Postmenopausal females: <9.5 mIU/ml

You may want to discuss your questions with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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