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At my 20 week u/s my placenta was just a few centimeters away from my cervix.  My mws said it would probably move as I grew.  I am 29 weeks now, and I am wondering if I should get another u/s before I am full term.  I am going to ask my mws next visit (32w), but they are very low key, so I dunno if they will think I need one.

 

I imagine it is fine, but if it moved down, placenta previa is very dangerous.  I do have insurance, but I'm going to have to ask family for co-pay money, if I get one.

 

So, what would you do?


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I would ask first and see what they say.  It might be a non issue, ukwim?  Definitely ask though!!


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I don't have any experience with this, but I read an amazing blog post that explained placenta previa and had tons of great diagrams and links. I think it depends on where exactly the placenta was when you had your u/s.  You can find it here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

 

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I am no expert, but I think placentas typically move up, not down, so maybe that is why they are not concerned. I would ask the mvs first and go from there. My SIL has had very low placentas both times and it always moved up and she delivered vaginally.


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Yeah, I have had no bleeding or spotter at all, so I am not that worried, but I'm not sure I want to risk a vaginal birth without at least checking one more time.


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my placenta was 1.5cm away from the cervix at 20 weeks or so. My mw said I could later, the ultrasound doc was 'super' concerned, but he was a whack job desperate to find "SOMETHING" wrong. whatever. I am leaning more towards no. This is number three for me and the first one I had a later u/s and ended up getting induced for stupid reasons, the second we skipped it and I am glad I did, because they would have found my 'battedore' placenta and it might have jeperdized my homebirth (which was wonderful). So I don't have good luck with later u/s, so for us, I am thinking of skipping it. 

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If your midwives don't seem worried about it at your 32 week appointment, I would avoid getting another, personally.  BUT, if it's something that's going to hinder your faith in your body, then it might be worth it for your own piece of mind.  This is LO number 2 for us, and in my experience, US has created more worry than it was worth.  But piece of mind is worth a lot too...  I would, at the very least, see how you feel after talking with your midwives.


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I am no expert, but I think placentas typically move up, not down, so maybe that is why they are not concerned.


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i had a low lying placenta at 31 weeks and by 36 weeks it had moved and was no longer an issue.

 

i'm sure it's fine.

 


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I was told that I had a partial previa at 16 weeks which didn't move by 20 weeks but was 'close' to my cervix at 24 weeks.  I'm seeing an ob because of bleeding and he feels optimistic but is recommending an ultrasound at 36 weeks to make sure everything is fine.  I'm not too concerned since I haven't had any spotting since 20 weeks or so but I am going to do the u/s so I can feel a little more secure (I'm planning to UC if everything is fine).  I would go with your gut and do what you feel will help you feel better. 


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