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Pregnancy Progress Blood Test
Pregnancy Progress Blood Test
Pregnancy Progress Blood Test
Pregnancy Progress Blood Test

Pregnancy Progress Blood Test

An easy, at-home blood test for progesterone and beta hCG to check that your pregnancy is progressing as it should in the early stages.

Is it for you?

Are you newly pregnant and want to check that your pregnancy is progressing as it should in the first few weeks? Have you had previous miscarriages and you want to check that everything is okay? Perhaps you’ve had successful IVF treatment and want reassurance that your pregnancy is progressing normally? If you want to check on your pregnancy hormones and get advice from a qualified doctor on what your levels mean, then this test is for you.
Blood sample 2 tests included 2 working days turnaround


Key biomarkers - see full list below

  • You want to check the progress of your early pregnancy
  • You want reassurance about your pregnancy after experiencing recurrent miscarriages
  • You want to check your hormone levels during pregnancy
  • You’ve been advised to take this test by your fertility specialist
The early stages of a pregnancy are a vital time as your body begins forming a baby. The first trimester is the period of 12 weeks from the first day of your last period. There are significant physical and hormonal changes during this time, and your baby grows faster than at any other stage of pregnancy.

This can be an exciting yet uncertain time for women, particularly if it is your first pregnancy or you have experienced previous miscarriages. The risk of miscarriage is higher in the first three months and many women want reassurance that their pregnancy is progressing as it should in the early stages.

This Pregnancy Progress Blood Test is a quantitative test for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which means that it measures the actual levels of hCG in your blood. HCG is made in the cells of the placenta, and it rises rapidly in the early stages of pregnancy, peaking at around 10 or 11 weeks. Levels will double every 48 - 72 hours in a healthy pregnancy. HCG is a sensitive test that may be able to detect a pregnancy earlier than over-the-counter urine tests. Higher than normal levels of hCG can also indicate that you are having twins, although this will need to be confirmed by an ultrasound scan. 

HCG tells your body you are pregnant and maintains the production of progesterone and oestrogen, which are essential for your baby. This test also measures your progesterone levels which prepare the uterus for pregnancy by thickening it. Your progesterone levels should typically stay elevated throughout your pregnancy.

A Medichecks doctor will report on your results and explain whether your hormone levels are rising as they should. 
You need to let us know the date of the first day of your last period (if you have them), this lets our doctors interpret your test accurately. You will receive an email asking you to complete this information in your MyMedichecks account, there is an option to tell us if you no longer have periods. It is important to take this test 7 days before your next period is due (if you have them). If you don't have a regular cycle then aim to take the test on the 21st day after the start of your last period. High dose biotin supplements can affect this test. If you are taking more than the recommended daily amount then you should not take your supplements for 2 days prior to this test. If you are taking high dose biotin for medical reasons (e.g. multiple sclerosis) then you should discuss this with your doctor. Use of hormone containing pessaries could also potentially cause falsely elevated results on finger-prick samples. We recommend either arranging a venous sample, or taking care to avoid any finger used to handle pessaries.

3 simple steps

  • Take the test

    Take the test - either using your kit or visit a clinic.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample in the freepost pack to our fully accredited lab.
  • Get your results

    Get your doctor reviewed results on

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.