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#1 of 6 Old 03-13-2008, 08:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,

I have an anterior placenta with this pregnancy. I did a google search and it sounds like a lot of women claim that an anterior placental makes for a harder labor. The theory seems to be that baby likes to face the placenta and an anterior placenta will mean a sunny-side up baby.

Anyone want to weigh in on this? I had such a great first labor and I want to believe the next one will be just as great, but I have to admit the idea of back labor scares me.

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Hmmm...I've never heard this! I've had an anterior placenta with at least 2 of my pregnancies and have never had back labor. I have gone into labor with baby in a posterior position, but they always move into a better position long before labor gets hard. Maybe I'm just lucky?
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Popping in from July!

This thread caught my interest becaue i have an Anterior Placenta this time as well.

My 1st 2 babies wer eboth high posterior placentas - however they were SunnySide up!

So I can attest to labouring and birthinbg a SunnySide up baby. I was allllllllllll BACK labor. I never ever flet a contraction across my front unless it was a braxton hicks weeks earlier. Both of my labors were complete back labors - nothign up front, all pain/feeling in the back.

Now I;m wondering whats in store this time with an anterior placenta.
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Ds was posterior with a posterior placenta. Back labor sucks.

Vanessa belly.gif, wife to Kev , mama to Byron (5) wild.gif and Billie (2) and  due in June
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My last placenta was anterior (at least I had all the indications it was anterior except for an US). It was my hardest labor, b/c it was my first baby that was positioned correctly I had a long early labor but only a 4 hour active labor ~ which is fast for me. She hung out on the right side till the day I went into labor ~ then she positioned herself correctly.

I saw the chiro a lot (who also is an acupuncturist and has a lot of experience working with pg women), visualized the correct position and practiced OFP positions.

I read about the baby not wanting to turn their back to their placenta ~ mine didn't until labor. I wouldn't worry about what you can't change.

Janel ~ wife and mother of 4, L&D RN, midwifery student
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my last placenta was anterior at my 18 wk ultrasound, and L&D was quick and manageable. This baby also has an anterior placenta, so we'll see, but I don't anticipate trouble.
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