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Low HCG level in pregnancy

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced during pregnancy by cells in the placenta. Its job is to care for and nourish the embryo that is connected to the uterine wall. The hCG levels can vary a lot between people and even from one pregnancy to the next in the same person. 

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hCG levels double every two to three days in early pregnancy. Surprisingly, the measurements do not expand at the same pace when they begin high. If they begin more slowly, the rise will occur much more quickly. it's not always a cause for concern if your hCG levels fall below the typical range. Many women who had low hCG levels went on to have good pregnancies and kids. 

However, Low hCG levels during pregnancy can be caused by an underlying problem, and they include;

1 Blighted ovum

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This occurs when an egg is fertilized and attaches to the womb's wall, but does not develop further. The hCG hormone can be released as the gestational sac forms, but the level does not rise since the egg does not mature. This happens early in the pregnancy and the majority of women will be completely unaware that anything has happened.

2 Ectopic pregnancy 

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An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg remains in the fallopian tube and develops. It's a potentially fatal ailment because it can cause the fallopian tube to rupture and bleed profusely which causes low hCG levels.

3 Miscarriage

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A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week of pregnancy. Low hCG levels might sometimes suggest that you've had or are about to have a miscarriage. If the pregnancy does not result in the development of a placenta, the levels may be normal at first but do not rise.

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