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#1 of 6 Old 11-19-2008, 06:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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my friend, who finally just decided to go for a VBAC just found out that she has placenta previa! Her placenta is totally blocking her cervix. Is there any way to get it to move?

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The placenta can and does move up until 28 weeks I think. So I wouldn't worry too much about it right now, depending on how far along she is.
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Popping in from March... Previa's a really different deal than a low-lying placenta. I have a low-lying, and am going to have to get its position checked again later on, but my understanding is that a true previa doesn't move off the cervix and a VBAC is not an option. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think it's likely for her. On the upside, at least it's a situation where it will be a necessary c/s, and though there'll be disappointment and loss of that hope, it's not the kind of situation where afterwards you have regrets and think, "Oh, but what if I would have..." That's a completely appropriate use of a c/s. Sorry for your friend though for sure.

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My sister's midwife said that true placenta previa is one of the few conditions where a c/s is really warranted. She said, "Placenta previa is the reason that they have c/s's." Tell your friend that if it really is complete previa, there really isn't much of a choice.
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The placenta migrates further away from the cervix as the uterus grows out and up. In my particular case, mine is not migrating and I am facing a c-section but with complete previas found at 20 weeks only 34% persist until term. She should ask for a follow up ultrasound close to term to allow as much time as possible for the placenta to migrate.
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How far along is she? If she's in the 3rd trimester and still has a complete previa, I think her odds of it resolving are unfortunately very low and a c/s will be required. Mine was found at 21.5 weeks. I'll be having an u/s at 30 weeks to see if it's moved, and again at 34 if it hasn't completely resolved by the first u/s. It's possible for the placenta to move during the 3rd trimester, but very unlikely.
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