After conception of the child, the hormonal background in a woman changes significantly. This is necessary to maintain pregnancy and normal fetal development. Progesterone is first produced by the yellow body after ovulation, and later this function is performed by the baby's placenta . The role of the hormone is the preparation of the woman's body for the conception and the birth of the baby. Due to the effect of progesterone, the walls of the uterus thicken and somewhat change their structure, preparing to receive and retain a fertilized egg. After conception, the hormone also affects the termination of menstruation during pregnancy, the increase in mammary glands and the psychological preparation of a woman for the birth of a baby. Thus, the value of progesterone is high enough. Specialists recommend monitoring its changes. This will help the table, in which the norm of progesterone during pregnancy is prescribed for weeks. In cases of deviations, the question is solved jointly with the doctor and the necessary treatment is prescribed.
Table of progesterone in pregnancy
As can be seen from the table, the norm of progesterone in early pregnancy, i.e. in 1 trimester, is constantly increasing. The same trend is observed further.
If pregnancy progesterone is higher than normal, it can mean a malfunction in the health of the mother (diabetes mellitus, kidney work, adrenal glands) or in the development of the fetus. In this case, the doctor will prescribe additional examinations and suggest a treatment regimen, in accordance with the diagnosis.
More often the opposite situation is observed. If during pregnancy, progesterone is below normal, it can be a symptom:
- Threats of miscarriage;
- inflammatory processes;
- frozen, delayed or ectopic pregnancy;
- delayed development of the fetus.
Hormonal medications, which are prescribed by specialists, regulate the level of progesterone in a woman's blood. Therefore, many pregnancies with insufficient levels of progesterone eventually end up safely. It is important to identify the problem in time and follow the doctor's recommendations. If you are offered to be treated in a hospital, do not worry and go under the supervision of specialists.
When artificial insemination is particularly important to control the level of progesterone in the blood. When IVF is often in the body of a woman is not enough of this hormone (perhaps this was one of the reasons to turn to this method of conception). Therefore, the appropriate drugs are prescribed before IVF and after.
Regardless of the method of fertilization, one should not engage in self-medication. Only the doctor will prescribe certain medicines in the dosage that is necessary for you. As a rule, prescription drugs are of natural origin, so they are safe for the health of mom and baby.