In usual Lisa fashion, I'm probably doing all this worrying for nothing, but I can't help it.
I've been dealing with placenta previa since my routine u/s at 20 weeks. At that time, I was told I had complete previa. The lower 1/4 of my placenta was covering the cervical os. I had a re-check u/s at 26 weeks that showed the placenta had migrated upward and I was considered at partial previa. I just had my 30 week u/s last Monday and am now considered to be a marginal previa (possibly even just low-lying). I know one measurement they took (abdominally) showed the placenta to be 7.9mm away from the os. They did end up doing a very gentle vaginal u/s, but I didn't catch what the measurements were with it.
I have another u/s in 3 weeks, and I'm totally optimistic and confident that the placenta will have moved more.
What concerns me, is how much it will move. From the reading I've done, a marginal previa is 0-2cm away from the os and a low-lying is classified as 2-8cm away from the os.
I mean, I just don't see my placenta moving 7+cm's in the next 7-9 weeks.
So, now, I have the fear that the placenta will be somewhat out of the way, enough to *consider* a vaginal birth, yet close enough to warrant worry about profuse bleeding during labor.
Obviously after the natural vaginal birth I had with my ds, I DO NOT want a c-section. Yet, if there is an increased danger of life-threatening hemorrhage I'd like to sign up for one today. I'm just so torn and don't know what the right thing to do is.
Also, the hospital I will be delivering at is a good one. Heck, I worked there for 5 yrs as a nurse. But, the OB unit isn't used to high-risk situations AT ALL, and it makes me all the more nervous.
Blech!!! I hate worrying. I just want a normal placenta and to go into labor on my own.
Sorry for the whine.
Any info, anyone??? I'm not finding much on the www about it.
~lisa~mama to 3 boys (1/02, 5/04, 12/06)