Originally Posted by KellieMama
How can you say that? "There is absolutely nothing you can do"? There is no way you can say with absolute certainty that there is nothing that can be done to help. There are so many unknown factors that contribute to how each of our bodies work, and whether it works, or just "makes me feel better" I'd rather be doing something rather than nothing.
Miracles happen every day that modern medicine can't explain. Why would you rely on modern medicine that is proved wrong all the time, and is no where NEAR as knowledgeable as they think, to tell you that it's all left up to chance. Just because they haven't found a definite help doesn't mean that there isn't one, or something that will help some women.
mkat83, I hope you followed your own instincts for what is safe and/or helpful for you and yours. I know this thread is old, but I felt I needed to speak my piece.
ps. I understand placenta previa, and I understand logically why it seems that waiting, and uterine growth are the only answers. I've just seen too many things in life and pregnancy/childbirth that contradict what "should" have happened.
Good luck to all in their journey of discovery. :)
How can I say that there's nothing you can do?
Well, first, I didn't say that. I said that sitting back and waiting is the best you can do. And then I said that the OP's list of possible "treatments" might make her feel better, and that so long as she took certain precautions (because placenta previa really must be approached with caution), there was no reason not to do those things. By all means, feel better. We appear to agree there.
The fact of the matter is that the VAST majority of cases of placenta previa go away - on their own, no yoga or herbs or anything - before delivery. You can follow logic and put your feet up, or you can pray to be part of the statistical majority. But I have not yet seen a suggested treatment with ANY scientific basis whatsoever, and the "success rate" of these treatments is suspiciously identical to the success rate of keeping your feet up and your money in your wallet. I refuse to help anyone sell anything that has no observable utility.
I think it also has to be noted that modern medicine is very, very good at safely delivering babies in those cases where placenta previa persists into the late third trimester. Women with placenta previa are, in my opinion, best served by well-trained doctors in highly-equipped hospital facilities, with ample supplies of blood, and high-level NICUs on hand. Placenta previa affects about 1 in 200 deliveries in the US, and the safety of the women and babies involved in those deliveries is a miracle, worked through the dedication of obstetrical researchers and the generosity of charitable foundations and the people who donated to them to support that research. My faith lies in the miracle I experienced, which happens to be a miracle I can reliably direct other women in how to obtain.