Originally Posted by karen1968
That's what really sucks. I've had NO bleeding. No spotting. No indications of previa except for the u/s. Which, I know, is about as conclusive as it gets.
I've not stopped dtd, or exercising, or any of those things that are "recommended" for women with previa. Which makes it all the more exasperating to find out it didn't resolve.
I have been reading some good things about acupuncture
, so I'm going to try that.
Karen, do you mean that you did or you didn't stop doing those things? If you did - yeah, I know how exasperating it is. The whole point of all of those restrictions is to avoid a crisis requiring the baby to be delivered early. In and of themselves, they do nothing at all, they're just an attempt to assure that you have as much time as possible for the baby to cook, or for the problem to resolve on its own.
I took a look at the page on acupuncture, and I have to tell you that it sets off my quackery alarms. The writer doesn't seem to have a real sense of the seriousness of the condition - they make it sound like it's kind of a bummer to be on bed rest, but if you were planning a c-section anyway, no big! There were two paragraphs in particular that grabbed me.
|The concern with placenta previa is that the birth canal could be blocked by the placenta, either partially or completely. It’s possible the placenta could be pulled from the uterine wall when the cervix dilates during labor. This could cause bleeding and potentially be harmful to your baby, which is why unresolved placenta previa may result in Caesarian section delivery.
The use of the conditional in this paragraph is completely inappropriate, and their description of the consequences of previa is entirely too mild. "Could
cause bleeding"? "Potentially
result in Caesarian"? Try will cause bleeding, will almost certainly be fatal if untreated, and will require surgical delivery. (Objections to conditional in this paragraph, as stated here, are not complete.)
The second paragraph that sets off my alarms is this one:
"Traditional Chinese Medicine is a safe treatment option that can resolve placenta previa."
Particularly in light of the prior, extensively footnoted, paragraph in which it's explained that nearly all cases of previa clear up on their own, this is a big claim, backed up by no evidence.
I'm not against acupuncture. If it makes you feel better, I think you should have it. But I think the big difference between women with previa who are treated with herbal formulas and acupuncture and women with previa who aren't is that one of these groups has paid for acupuncture.