Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein (Papp-a)

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein (Papp-a)

When a woman becomes pregnant, many hormones are produced in the body. These hormones are only present during pregnancy and many of them are produced by the placenta. One of the most common proteins is hCG, which is the protein that will cause a pregnancy test to produce a positive reading. This is an important hormone and will signal that a pregnancy is normal. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Another similar hormone is called Papp-a. It is also produced by the placenta, similarly to the way that hCG is produced. It is also a hormone that need to be at a normal level during pregnancy. Studies show that when this is not at a normal level, several complications can develop with the baby.

For example, when this hormone is low during the first trimester, it is more likely that the baby will develop Down syndrome or other chromosomal defects. On the other hand, when the Papp-a levels are high, the chance of Down syndrome developing is actually reduced.

With hCG, it can be difficult to determine what a normal level for the hormone is. The reason for this is because the average level of this hormone can vary drastically from one woman to the next. However, in many instances, women with low levels of this hormone are more likely to have recurrent miscarriages.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.