At 19 weeks I had a complete previa
At 27 weeks the placenta had moved 7mm (not even a cm) away from the cervix opening.
Now at 32 weeks it is still siting at 7mm.
They said they will do another scan at 36 weeks to see if it has moved enough. And if it hasn't they will schedule a c-section for 39 weeks. I asked why if they were waiting till 39 weeks that they couldn't give the placenta a bit more time before they ultrasound it again. So they reluctantly said they would do the ultrasound at 37 weeks.
I also have an anterior placenta. So if they c-section they have to cut through the placenta. Isn't this more of a risk than attempting a vaginal delivery with a placenta sitting about 1 cm away from the cervix?
So is there anything I can do to help encourage this placenta to move? I'm a very independent person and have issues with the thought of anyone doing anything to my spine. If I need something I just do it, I hate asking for help. I would rather be in pain than have to even ask someone to help me. So as you can see I really would not be a good c-section patient. So I really want to avoid this if at all possible.
Any help would be appreciated.
DD (01.08) and blissfully expecting #2 next June
But! Your placenta is anterior, which means that it's more likely to shift than if it were posterior. And it's already clear of the cervix. And you have some time. These are all good signs, and reasons to be optimistic.
I have to tell you that pregnancy is the time to get over an aversion to asking for help, if you possibly can. One of the funny things that kids often do to us is cause us to develop needs that we have to seek assistance with. However, it is possible to have a surgical delivery in which you participate. This is a concern that I would strongly advise you to mention to your doctor - you hate feeling helpless, and you are worried that you will feel especially helpless on the operating table. What can you do to be a participant in your care in this situation? What would be a good idea for you to know, how can you best express your desires, and what should you expect?
My understanding is that if the placenta isn't covering the cervix and you don't have any bleeding, many doctors will at least try a vaginal birth. Could you get a second opinion anywhere?
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My understanding is that they would NOT have to cut through the placenta; the incision would be higher than that.
I really am sorry that you're dealing with this. It's hard to have an ideal birth in mind and then have this thrown at you. I will tell you, though, that I also have a really hard time asking for help, but I learned to force myself as much as I hated it. People asked me what I needed and I had to swallow my pride and tell them. It is VERY HARD. I think asking for help was harder than the physical recovery.
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A second opinion and and some visualization couldn't hurt.
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