Placenta Previa - what are the chances placenta will move?
Your friend should make an appointment for a more detailed u/s later in pregnancy (around 30 weeks), to recheck placental position and look for things like vasa previa. And I'm gonna say, take it easy.
Hugs to your friend, and assure her that this kind of thing usually goes away.
I have been following your story on the other previa thread. Hope your baby can come home from the NICU very soon. I am sure you can't wait to bring her home.
I think a lot of women get told this and get all worked up about it b/c the OBs are so rabid to protect their behinds from malpractice. It's just easier to treat you as "sick" than as pregnancy being a normal everyday occurance.
I fired my OB b/c of this exact thing. She pretty much told us at 20 weeks that we had previa, and if we had a homebirth, the baby & I would both die. My husband very nearly punched her in the face. A few weeks later when we were interviewing midwives for the hb, we asked about the previa. She said that most women do show it on the early ultrasound, just because things are so squished inside there at the beginning. Nothing has stretched or moved yet. Plus, you have to drink so darn much water that your bladder smashes things up too. A lot of time they'll send you to pee and try again, but they didn't do it for me. She made us feel comforted and relieved and not "sick".
Needless to say, we hired her, delivered just fine at home. The 30 week u/s was just fine. Not even a need for it really. Another reason to charge more money for an unneccesary test.
Funny, she is the one that told me about the MDC community, but she has never signed up so it had to be me to ask the question.
I think it's something like 90-95% move from week 20 to the end. She will probably have another u/s near the end to confirm though.
Just found out I have a low lying placenta and I am at 21 weeks. They told me not to worry but I can't help but all your posts made me feel better. Wondering if I should stop doing yoga and walking a half hour three times a week? I have always looked forward to delivering naturally in a birth center but this makes me feel discouraged. Going to look into getting accupucture within the next week up untill my next u/s in 6-8 weeks. I did have some heavy bleeding in the beginning but nothing since just alot of pressure. Any thoughts?
Babytranscend, you'll want to talk to your doctor about that one.
I had complete previa (persisting until delivery - grrrr), but kept doing light yoga until I was put on pelvic rest and continued walking until I was put on bed rest (half an hour is about how long it takes me to get from my house to the train station on foot, the trip to the local farmer's market was slightly longer). While I did have two small bleeds, neither those nor the big bleed that resulted in early delivery was related to activity (I was lying down at the start of all three of them). That said, your statement about "a lot of pressure" worries me - bring this up with your doctor or midwife, please.
There's nothing wrong with acupuncture if it makes you feel better, but make sure the practitioner knows about your condition and avoids any pressure points that might stimulate your uterus or cause contractions.