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Side Effects of Taking HCG Injections during Pregnancy

When a woman starts ahead with her pregnancy journey, she generally gets surrounded by lots of questions and doubts about the future child and all the associated risks within the same process. Moreover, the situation becomes worst in the case of a woman who has already been through a miscarriage during her previous pregnancy and coming along with lots of expectations and hope for this time around.

Therefore, in the midst of all the past happenings, there may be a possibility that the pregnant woman might opt for HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) injections in order to safeguard her pregnancy from all the risk associated with the same.

Whilst HCG injections are said to be safeguarding the pregnancy from all the associated risks and threats, it also carries some side effects alongside.

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Risk of Multiple Pregnancies

If a woman opts for HCG injection during her ovulation process in order to minimize the risk of miscarriage, there is a bigger chance for her to have multiple pregnancies in the whole process. Therefore, all those couples who are not yet ready for multiple pregnancies must avoid getting through these HCG injections

Health and Psychological Disorders

Another big side effect that comes along with the HCG injections is the increased capacity of the body to hold water for longer times in the body which eventually would result in weight gain and bloating. This may also be followed by headache, petulance, fatigue, abdominal discomfort, and general soreness in the body part which has been injected by HCG.


Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome

It has also been observed by many medical experts around the world that an HCG injection during pregnancy creates a bigger risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. This is been quoted as a life-threatening medical condition that emerges out in a pregnant woman whilst getting injected with HCG injections. This might also lead to pain in the abdominal and pelvic area, breath shortness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, infrequent urination, with high swelling in the limbs.

Exaggerating Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Women who are going through the pregnancy period might come across an issue like nausea, tenderness, and soreness of breasts, and so on, which are quite common in that situation; but once they go through HCG injections, the whole situation gets critical and exaggerated in the whole process.


Thus, we can say that the benefits you get out of HCG injections are lower than the risks attached to the same process and a person who is looking to safeguard her pregnancy via HCG injections must first look towards other options initially.

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