What is Beta - Hcg (Total), (Maternal) test?
Beta HCG is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. The maternal Beta hCG test measures this hormone level in the blood and is a routine test ordered to confirm a pregnancy. A positive maternal βhCG result means that a woman is likely to be pregnant. A high hCG level could also indicate that pregnancy dating has been miscalculated. It may also signify a molar pregnancy or a multiple pregnancies.
What happens during this test?
Beta HCG (BHCG or blood pregnancy test) may be performed by your doctor if they suspect that you may be pregnant, or if you suspect pregnancy yourself! Usual pregnancy symptoms include a missed or late period (amenorrhea), breast fullness or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting (morning sickness)
When to take this test?
Non pregnant : < 5.0
Pregnant women : Gestational age 3 - 4 weeks: 9 - 130 4 - 5 weeks: 75 - 2600 5 - 6 weeks: 850 - 20800 6 - 7 weeks: 4000 - 100200 7 - 12 weeks: 11500 - 289000 12 - 16 weeks: 18300 - 137000 16 - 29 weeks: 1400 - 53000 (2nd Trimester) 29 - 41 weeks: 940 - 60000 (3rd Trimester)
Frequency to repeat test
Based on doctor advice
Precautions to be taken before for the test
No particular precautions are required, unless it is recommended by your doctor.
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