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Placenta Previa?

I just got diagnosed with Placenta Previa. I'm 22 weeks prego and my doc says i may have to have a c-section. Has anyone else been diagnosed with this before or do you know anything about it. My doc says that this is caused by stress and lifting. I know i've been under alot of stress cause my mother in law has been living with us. She is gone now though. Could my Placenta move and everything be ok. Please someone ease my mind about this. Whatis the worse that could happen to me and my baby??

Yes it could move.. mine did. Chances are your doctor will schedule an ultrasound close to your due date to see if the placenta has moved higher. It happens all the time. I'm 33 weeks pregnant and i have been diagnosed with Placenta Previa everytime. I'll find out in a couple weeks if this time is like the others and the placenta moves up. The worse: a c-section. The do a c-section with Placenta Previa because the placenta is blocking the birth canal making it impossible for the baby to be born natural. If it was a case of severe Placenta Previa which I think the person who answered "your placenta rupturing" was referring to, your doc would have probably put you on either bed rest or limited activities. Because your doctor knows your case better than anyone here, I would ask her/him. You are not going to ask anything she hasn't already heard before.

Note: It isn't always caused by stress. Sometimes implantation can occur low in the uterus making the placenta lay low.

Good Luck!  (+ info)

Placenta previa?

Can placenta previa cause you afp screening results to be off??

I have never heard of that. I have heard that if you are not as far along as you thought you were or farther along or if you are having twins your results may be "off". I had a low laying placenta in my last 2 pregnancies and my AFP tests came back normal.

Placenta previa is when your placenta is covering or partially covering your cervix and the AFP test is looking at the risks of your baby having Downs syndrome or spina bifida.

I would definately speak with your doctor/midwife about it if you are concerned.

http://www.babycenter.in/miscellaneous/mostfrequentlyaskedexpertquestions/#question14  (+ info)

placenta previa?

I got an u/s at 25 weeks and my baby was really low so my doctor couldn't see my placenta. He referred me to another office that will give me a better ultrasound to check and see. I heard though in a lot of cases of placenta previa the placenta will usually move up with the uterus. I'm currently in my 28th week and was wondering if my placenta is covering cervix is their a chance it will still have time to move up by due date?

Hi, I'm sorry to hear of your trouble. There is no real way to tell if the placenta has moved (even though it doesn't technically "move")other than the ultrasound. The good news is MOST previas resolve by the time of delivery. It's important to get regular ultrasounds to determine the location of the placenta. My circumstances were a little different. I had a complete placenta previa diangosed at 20 weeks. At 28 weeks I had a small bleed (kinda scary) it's where you have a sudden gush of bright red blood but no pain. They put me on bed rest and pelvic rest, no sex and no internal vaginal exams. Unfortunately, I had 2 more bleeds and at 31 weeks I had to have an emergency C-section. My son was born last year at 3lbs and spent 37 days in the NICU. He is a happy healthy one year old now.

While most previas do resolve later on in pregnancy some do NOT. I just get angry when I see that doctors minimize the risks and yet I ended up watching my baby fight for his life..I had no idea it could be serious. Wishing you the best of luck!! Take care.  (+ info)


has anyone out there ever had placenta previa? did it move so you could have a normal delivery? what were your experiences?

i do nothave it but my mom had it with my little bro and it did not move and she ended up having to go into emergancy c section at 7 an a half months because she started bleeding. so my adviceto you is to takeit as easy as possible pray that it moves back. but good luckandplease dont over due yourself.  (+ info)

23wks w/ placenta previa, when does the dr start to schedule c-section if it doesnt move up?

im 23wks with placenta previa. i had this since my 16wk ultrasound. they said it has to move like 2cm. i have another ultrasound at 25wks.
i had an ultrasound at 21wks btw and it hasnt moved at all. at which ultrasound does the dr. begin to schedule the c-section?

They will do another ultra sound after the baby turns to the head down position. Around 36-38 weeks. If its gonna move, it'll move then. If not then they'll schedule the c-section.
You are just a little more than 1/2 way through your pregnancy, that baby could turn 1000+ times before its time to be overly concerned about a c-section.  (+ info)

What are the chances of developing Placenta Previa Twice?

I am pregnant with my second child and am very anxious indeed! I had placenta previa with my first and bled almost constantly through the pregnancy - so much blood you wouldnt believe! I had an emergency c-section at 33 Weeks. Do I have an chance of getting it again?

It depends on whether or not you have scarring on the inside of your uterus or any other anomaly which may prevent the placenta from attaching itself higher up. Usually it is just a random occurrence in a first pregnancy so your chances are no greater in the second pregnancy. An ultrasound usually around 20 weeks can determine the location of the placenta. Even if it is marginal or low lying meaning near the cervix at this point, it will usually migrate upwards as your uterus grows. As I'm sure you already know, seek medical care if you notice any spotting or bleeding.  (+ info)

Can Placenta Previa make your uterus measure a few weeks larger than what you are?

Can Placenta Previa make your uterus measure a few weeks larger than what you are?


things like how much body fat you have, the position of the baby, the size of the baby, and the amount of amneotic fluid make you measure larger.

For example I measured 4 weeks too big, so i went for a ultrasound to make sure it wasnt too much amneotic fluid (that would be a bad thing). It turns out my baby is about 2 1/2 weeks ahead on the growth charts...and the rest is b/c of my weight gain (which has been a bit too much).  (+ info)

When does placenta previa go away if it is going to?

I am 20 weeks pregnant and found out at 18 weeks I have placenta previa. My placenta is within 2 cm of the cervix. When should it move up by, so I can have a vaginal birth. I am going to have another ultrasound at 27 weeks.

It should move up by your 32wk apt. The drs will be checking to make sure it does. Most of the time, it does move up!  (+ info)

Is it possible to safely attempt a vaginal delivery with partial placenta previa?

I'm 32 weeks pregnant with my second baby and I learned that I have placenta previa at 20 weeks. We were hoping that it would correct itself, but I heard from my radiologist today and I still have partial placenta previa. I'll be talking to my doctor about delivery options on Thursday, but in the meantime I was wondering if it's possible to attempt a vaginal delivery with this condition or if it's a guaranteed c-section.

Yes.  (+ info)

Has anyone heard of a complete placenta previa moving away from the cervix?

I was just diagnosed with complete placenta previa and I know they say it can "Move" but I cant find anyone whose had a complete one move entirely!

from 9 weeks on i was told i had complete placenta previa, by 20 weeks there was no change, my placenta was lying over and covering the whole of my cervix i was told to come back at 36 weeks for another scan, i had that last week and pleased to say it has moved completely and i can have a normal vaginal delivery! so it can happen it just depends on each case individually, my midwife said the bigger the baby the more chance of baby being able to pull the placenta up out of the way also!
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