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Placenta Previa

post #1 of 11
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Have any of you had experiences with previa?
I am 21 weeks and I'm hoping that it will move as my uterus continues to grow.. the whole thing just has me : The tech didn't give me a whole lot of information, except to say that it was not just low-lying, it was definite previa.
At what point is it really considered a problem?
I haven't had this with my other two pregnancies, so I'm just starting to learn about it.
post #2 of 11
I'd say don't worry. The instances of previa found at 20 weeks staying that way at delivery are very low, from what I understand. I think you'll be able to know around 31 weeks whether or not it will be a problem. Mine is low-lying, but close enough that I'm getting a follow up u/s. The midwife said in her 10 years of practice she's had to refer only one person for c-section due to previa picked up at the 20 week u/s.

There was a thread either here or on the main board a few weeks ago with more specific info. Bottom line...not to worry! Med techs are really great at scaring people for no reason.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by mizznicole View Post
I'd say don't worry. The instances of previa found at 20 weeks staying that way at delivery are very low, from what I understand.


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I think you'll be able to know around 31 weeks whether or not it will be a problem.
I disagree with this. The uterus does a lot of growing between weeks 32 & 36 and the placenta can move up a lot in that period.

In order to make any informed decision about cesarean or vaginal birth you need to know how many centimeters the placenta is from the os. For this you need a vaginal U/S *and* it's not clinically relevant until you're *much* closer to term.

~BV
post #4 of 11
I had a marginal previa at 20 weeks with my first child, and if I remember correctly from my research, 90% or more of previas discovered at this stage move up and out of the way prior to delivery. Your care provider will be sure to get more sonograms as you progress to verify that it has moved.
post #5 of 11
I am sure it is really hard for you not to worry right now...but I hope you will find comfort in knowing you still have plenty of time for your placenta to move. The stress and worry isn't good for you or the baby. Remember 99.9%of the things we worry about, never happen!!

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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by nanaT View Post
I am sure it is really hard for you not to worry right now...but I hope you will find comfort in knowing you still have plenty of time for your placenta to move. The stress and worry isn't good for you or the baby. Remember 99.9%of the things we worry about, never happen!!

Thanks It is hard not to worry. I will have to go back for a vaginal u/s later on (although I really didn't want another one, I feel that it will bring peace of mind).
It's just that I fought so hard for my VBAC with my second pg that I don't know if I could emotionally handle another c/s- no matter how necessary it actually is.
post #8 of 11
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Thanks everyone
That's really what I needed to hear..
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by mizznicole View Post
Thanks for linking that. It was really reassuring
With that information, I think I'm definitely going to ask them to wait a while to schedule the u/s before confirming the previa.
post #10 of 11
Mama2babybeans, I too have placenta previa, but only partial, so it is only partially covering the cervix (lower than low lying, but higher than complete, as far as I understand). I was worried at first, but now I am very sure it will move up...we both have a very good chance it will move up.

Did your midwife/Dr. restrict your activity at all (sex, exercise, etc)? Mine did not...and she said she is not worried about it at all (as long as there continues to be no bleeding)...still very early, still a lot of growing to do. I am not sure when I am going to schedule my follow-up ultrasound...no reason to rush it....

I keep thinking positive...your placenta and my placenta WILL move up!
post #11 of 11
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Thanks, Kristin.
I haven't see her yet. They refer the u/s out to another clinic, so she will get the results this week and I'm supposed to go in to see her.
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