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Old 01-02-2014, 02:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi ladies,

I will try to keep it quick.  I'm 19 wks now, had my big anatomy scan 5 days ago.  At which time the Dr. doing my scan stated, "oh your placenta is low-lying (did not mention previa at all), I'd like to see you back at 26 weeks for another scan to make sure it's moved up". 

 

My question for you ladies are:

Does anyone see a reason why should I go back at 26 weeks for the additional scan VS should I put it off to a later time?? (I'm thinking of putting it off until 28-30 weeks just to give ample time for baby to grow and to increase the chance that my uterus has had time to stretch, giving more time for the placenta to "move up").  I hate to be this way, but I'm thinking that it may be an excuse for the doc to schedule YET another scan after 26 weeks if it hasn't moved enough.  U/S scans are NOT covered by my insurance (never mind the fact that I worry about the safety of multiple scans), so every one that gets scheduled I pay out of pocket for!  I of course will pay for the scan if necessary, I'm just not seeing any real emergency to do the scan at 26 weeks in light of the fact that I was told that they don't do anything differently UNTIL delivery AND I've been told to head straight to the ER if I see any bleeding at any time (& of course I'm planning on doing the repeat scan, just at a later date than the perinatologist wanted).

 

All else looked good with the LO, which is great.  Peanut is measuring right at the 50th percentile in all areas.

 

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I have one, too, and have high deductible insurance so I had to pay out of pocket up to $2500. Bleeding from a low lying placenta has me paying tons for this pregnancy.

I listened to them and did 20 weeks and 28 weeks only to have it not move at all and they repeated at 32 weeks. It still didn't move (2.5 cm away -- within threshold for vaginal birth provided I don't start bleeding again). So basically the 28 week scan was pointless.

I'm 36 weeks now, and wish I skipped the 28 week because if you're not bleeding, who cares if you go back for another look at 28
Or 32? It made no difference for me or the care I was receiving. It was just another $200 out of pocket.
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I should add that I was bleeding from 12 weeks to 18 weeks and none since then, so all of that worry cleared up.
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Thanks Pamela. This is exactly what I was wondering. I have an appt with my regular ob before I go back in for the repeat at 26 wks. I'm going to discuss this with him and let him know that I'm thinking of putting it off. I'm seeing the perinatologist bc I'm advanced maternal age; this was supposed to be only trip there for the 20 wk u/s. I pay extra since they are a specialist too! Again, I'm thankful to have insurance & the ability to pay for my care, but I also don't want to be wasteful.

I've thankfully not had any issues thus far; in fact when we had a scan at 13-ish weeks that doc did not even mention it.

Thank you for sharing your experience. Prayers for no more bleeding and a peaceful & beautiful birth.

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They sent me to the perinatal place for my 20-week and it was $1,300 for the us.

I talked to my ob and asked if they could do the follow-ups at their office instead (where it's $200) and because it was just checking placenta location and she was fine with it.

You might see about that as well. No point seeing the expensive doc for simple placenta placement that hasn't caused you any problems!

Good luck!
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I had complete placenta previa and we re-checked at 28 weeks. It had completely moved out of the way. I think I read that 90% of the time they do move. The only benefit I can think of for doing it earlier is if you are restricted in activities and you would like to have that restriction lifted sooner. For example, no intercourse, no heavy lifting, etc. Having your Dr. do the scan instead of going to radiology sounds like a great idea as pamelaRRRR said. Good luck!



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Thank you pokey. So far I haven't had any issues & haven't been given any restrictions. But, that makes perfect sense. And fingers crossed that I have the same situation as you! Great to hear positive stories smile.gif

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I'm gonna update this thread in case any mommas find it the future. Has my 28 week recheck for "marginal placenta previa" today and my placenta has moved a safe distance from the cervix. FWIW, my placenta is posterior & I guess less likely to move, so if you have posterior PP have faith! It can still move smile.gif

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Glad to hear it! I hope you have a great birth!



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