I am at Kaiser and based on my blood work and 20 week ultrasound, I have been "diagnosed" with partial placenta previa and elevated HCG levels. Because of this, my doc wants to do an u/s at 28 weeks. I'm currently 25.5 weeks so it would be in my near future. I would like the least amount of u/s exposure as possible because I am not convinced that they are 100% safe. However, I don't know if this one really is "necessary" to check the progress of the partial placenta previa and potential effects of HCG, which my doc said are decreased fetal development (which I can't find any research online to support). Kaiser also wants me to start doing non-stress tests at 32 weeks due to the elevated HCG levels, which again, I don't know if they are really necessary. I plan to have a natural birth with as little intervention as truly needed and am worried that these extra procedures will increase my likelihood of intervention. On the other hand, if there truly is something that could cause concern, I want to be aware of it, thus I am conflicted. I would be very appreciative of any feedback or insights you may have on this. Thank you in advance!
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2/5/14 at 5:03pm