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#1 of 12 Old 07-01-2011, 11:05 AM - Thread Starter
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So, we got our first ultrasound done last week and found out we are having a baby boy! We also found out my placenta is anterior, which is why I am not feeling movement yet.


I am a wee bit sad that I am not feeling the baby yet (currently almost 19 weeks)...Ironically I did feel the baby once at 14 weeks...but not since then...


Any other mom's out there have anterior placenta.

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HI, I have one, too, discovered at my 18 week US. I can feel the baby, though. Just not as much. I hear the placenta moves around a bit, so this all could change. No worries.

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Pregnant for the 12th time with boy #5.  I was going NUTS not feeling ANYTHING.  I usually feel my babes early and often, couple that with my history of loss and I have been working to keep my cool.

Discovered our anterior placenta at 15 week u/s.  19 weeks tomorrow and starting to occasionally feel a flutter or roll, but not with any sort of predictability or pattern.  Baby boy looks good as of our 18 week u/s this week though. So all smiles here!

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We are pretty sure mine is anterior too b/c the midwife can hear it with the doppler and there is this "dead zone' for movement I have in the top front part of my uterus. That would explain the reason why, at 21 weeks, I don't feel movements as strongly as with my other babies. I'm just glad it looks like my placenta is not on my c-section scar, that's always reassuring. I'm sure it won't make too much of a difference in a few more months as our babies get bigger and stronger and start running out of room. It does make me a little more protective of my belly, knowing that the placenta is right there. I'm alread a pro at fending off toddler attacks though ;)


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I have an anterior placenta too this time around. Last time I had a posterior placenta, but marginal cord insertion, so I guess I just always have to have something weird going on. :)


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I have an anterior placenta as well, and I felt one good kick at 17 weeks, one night of about 2 hours of movement at 18 weeks, and then NOTHING until the past couple days (20 weeks, 5 days). It's disconcerting to say the least, to want so badly to feel that baby moving and feel nothing. I poked and prodded a bit :). This is babe number four for us, and I feel like the worry increases with each pregnancy, as I know how much I love each of my kids and how much is at stake.....I love it once movement happens regularly and consistently every day. 


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I had an anterior placenta my first pregnancy and didn't feel him until 21 or 22 weeks. This time I felt a kick around 15 and 16 weeks and then nothing. I went for a us at 20 weeks and wasn't surprised to see it is anterior again.


I'm wondering if an anterior placenta makes you pop sooner than a posterior? I showed pretty early with both.

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hope I can help reasure anyone suspecting or that has an anterior placenta...

I have an anterior placenta with baby #3

It was driving me crazy not feeling and seeing movement, but at around 21 wks...madness :)

not the rollercoaster belly I got to see at 18/19 weeks with my first unfortunately but undeniable kicking a full body movement!!!

It is def reasurring to have the ultrasound confirm the anterior placenta and to see your baby being a monkey and not feel it :)


I def wish my placenta was posterior again so my kids could get a kick out of it...with my first you could see him moving through heavy winter


I wonder if more movement will be seen as we get further along....I am 24 wks tomorrow (Oct 25), but first 2 were late by 2 wks so maybe NOv for me too!


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I have an anterior placenta almost every pregnancy so far and a retroverted uterus. I am 19w2d today and still haven't felt much movement. Everytime I think I do, I then think it's gas. :*(  It's a little sad but I have been in this place in life before and I always begin feeling LOTS of movement by 22 weeks. Hang in there. Placentas move throughout pregnancy and you will begin feeling all the movement you need in a couple weeks...and then you will be exhausted from it when you are trying to sleep and the baby is playing rock band in there!!!

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Coming out of lurkdom to join the anterior placenta club.  It was discovered at my 11 week U/S and the mw told me at my 15 week appt.  She said not to expect any movement for a while.  At that point though I had felt definite movement and some possible flutters as early as 13 weeks.  Now at 21 weeks I mostly get flutters very low and inside if that makes sense, and some stronger movements higher on the sides especially when he is laying sideways.  There is definitely a "dead zone" area around my belly button so I'm assuming that's where the placenta is.

What's weird is that with my previous two I didn't feel anything until 18 weeks with the first and 19 weeks with the second. I was never told I had an anterior placenta with either of them, but I suppose it's possible. 

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Can I join as well?  I suspected I had an anterior placenta because I wasn't feeling movements as early as my first baby, and my midwife also suspected it at my 17 week appointment because she found it difficult to find the heartbeat.  Well I had my 20 week scan today and it was confirmed - so that explains why the movements I am feeling are so infrequent and muted.  I'm sure that with my first pregnancy, my partner could feel the baby moving by this stage.


The only thing that concerns me is that it is slightly more common for a baby to lie in a posterior position with an anterior placenta, so labour could be more difficult.  But I hope it'll be OK.

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I have anterior placenta too. I didn't feel anything until about 21 weeks, and then it was just little nudges. Especially noticeable when my bladder was full though. Now I"m 24 weeks and the baby is kicking much more noticeably, particularly in the evenings. The mw says the baby "outgrows" the placenta and then is easier to doppler and easier to feel.

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