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If you would, I need your knowledge/experiences with placental previa.
Specifically, any restrictions (diet, travel, excercise or ??), which week you found out & when it solved itself, or if you delivered while it was still present. If you delivered with it, did you need a c-section? Did you go to 40 wks? Any diet or physical (rest, excercises, stretching??) changes that helped or have helped in cases. thx!

* it is the low positioning of the sac - close to cervix opening, right... anything else to know??*
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I currently have a previa that was initially diagnosed at 19 weeks and was still present at 30 (29?) weeks. I am now in my 34th week and am not expecting it to resolve (I have a follow-up u/s on the 19th). Thus, as far as I know now I will be having a c-section on or around May 24th.

Though I recently read a weird article about managing a previa in a vaginal delivery (by tearing a hole in the placenta and PULLING the baby out) I don't see that as being any sort of option. Not even remotely! Chance of major hemorrhage is so seemed like such a weird concept to even print.

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it is the low positioning of the sac - close to cervix opening, right... anything else to know??

It's the low positioning of the placenta, not the sac.

Feel free to PM me for more details!
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I know that TRUE placenta previa means that the placenta covers some part or all of the cervix. What is more common is a diagnosis of "placenta previa" when it's just a low lying placenta and these are very common in routine early ultrasounds. Typically, by term, the placenta has moved away from the cervix enough that it's safe for vaginal delivery.

However, if it's covering the cervix, it's less likely to move at all and then, yes, just like Ana said, it's a cesarean.
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Hi there. I'm 38weeks pg and have had placenta previa during this pg. I was diagnosed with complete previa at my routine 20 wk u/s. I was put on pelvic rest, meaning no heavy (15lbs) lifting and no sex or exercise. Even though it was a complete previa, it was only the lower portion of the placenta that was covering the cervix and the rest of the placenta was traveling nicely up the back wall of my uterus almost to the fundus (top).

My ob ordered u/s's to be done every 4 weeks from 26 weeks on. At 26 weeks the placenta had migrated and was considered a partial previa. At 30 weeks it had migrated more and was considered a marginal.

I had my last u/s at 34 weeks and it was 1.3-1.5cm away from the cervical os. I've read conflicting things. Some things I've read say that anything less than 2cm away is still considered a marginal, while others say anything less than 1.5. So, I'm certain that by now (38 weeks) the placenta has moved a few more mm's, although I won't have any more u/s's to make sure.

My ob has cleared my for a vaginal delivery. The baby is vertex, and his head is lower than the placental edge. Truthfully, I know I am at a slighter risk of bleeding, but I'm hoping all will turn out ok. I also have not had one drop of blood this entire pg. I was lucky.

A good message board for pp is at Go under message boards, then under pg message boards and then under placental disorders. I have not posted there, but I have lurked and some of the women are a wealth of information.

Good luck to you!


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