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At my 20-week ultrasound I found out my placenta is at the tip of my cervix. I was told that my placenta may or maynot move up. I will have to have another ultrasound at 28-weeks to see if my placenta has moved, if not I may be in for a c-section


Anyone else have this? Or has had this in past pregnancies? If so what was the outcome?

I'm hoping all will work out and I'll be able to have a natural birth!

ETA: I just had an ultrasound at 32 weeks and my placenta has moved up up and away from my cervix! I'm so happy about this! However the ultrasound tech told me this probably won't be my last ultrasound because the midwives at my hospital are ultrasound crazy. She said once I go past my due date they will schedule me for an ultrasound twice a week! So she told me I should start walking before my due date to avoid that.
I'm also so nervous now because I've had three ultrasounds total. One was just to check to see the baby's heartbeat since the midwife could not find it, then the 20-week, and now the 32-week which took maybe ten minutes. I do not want any more ultrasounds because they already make me a little nervous as it is so I will stand my ground and refuse any more ultrasounds but I don't know how much power I have over that. I also told the tech that this was my first experience with midwives and she told me it will probably be my last.
I'm honestly so far not thrilled about midwives from my experience. They really do seem to over compensate by ordering more tests then are necessary. I thought the whole point of seeing a midwife was to avoid so much medical intervention?
 

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Oh, I bet that was upsetting for you to hear! Just know that often the placenta does move as your uterus grows and you are only half-way through this pregnancy. I hope this works out for you and you can avoid the surgical intervention.
 

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They SO can't diagnose placenta previa at 20 weeks - so, so often it moves up. Honestly, I wouldn't consider a 28 week ultrasound conclusive either. Maybe a 32 or a 36 week. Go search the "I'm Pregnant" or "Birth Professionals" archives for the hard stats, or ask the Birth Pros.

Definitely don't plan a cesarean based on this!
 

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My placenta was very close to my cervix w/DS at the 20 week ultrasound and he was a homebirth! The ultrasound tech said "oh don't worry, they almost always move." I never had a second ultrasound and everything was fine!
 

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That's one of the reasons I think the 20 week ultrasound causes more worry than it alleviates. It's normal, common, and okay to have a lowish placenta at that point. So common that I don't know why they bother even telling you about it. All it does is set you up to worry, and cause you to "need" another scan down the line to prove that it did, indeed, move up, just like it usually does.

Seriously, don't worry. Mine with DD was also low at 21 weeks, and it was well out of the way by the time she was born.
 

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My 19 week ultrasound showed a low-lying placenta also. At first I was really worried, but then I did some research, and I'm feeling a little bit better. I've have read over and over that it usually corrects itself - especially if it's an anterior placenta. And I've also read that they're commonly misdiagnosed because during your ultrasound your bladder is distended (i.e. - full bladder!!) causing pressure to be put on the lower portion of your uterus giving the appearance of a low-lying placenta. Hope yours corrects itself! I wouldn't be too concerned right now.
 

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Originally Posted by Arwyn View Post
They SO can't diagnose placenta previa at 20 weeks - so, so often it moves up. Honestly, I wouldn't consider a 28 week ultrasound conclusive either. Maybe a 32 or a 36 week. Go search the "I'm Pregnant" or "Birth Professionals" archives for the hard stats, or ask the Birth Pros.

Definitely don't plan a cesarean based on this!
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Exactly one of the reasons I am trying to avoid non-necessary ultrasounds!

To reassure yourself in general, have a look at the article "Ultrasound: Weighing the Propaganda Against the Facts" published in Midwifery Today http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articl...p?q=ultrasound

The specific part is short enough to paste here:

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Diagnosis of placental praevia
The Saari-Kemppainen study also revealed the lack of value in early diagnosis of placenta praevia. Of the 4,000 women who were scanned at sixteen to twenty weeks, 250 were diagnosed as having placenta praevia. When it came to delivery, there were only four. Interestingly, in the unscanned group there were also four women found at delivery to have this condition. All the women were given caesarean sections and there was no difference in outcomes between the babies. Indeed, there are no studies which demonstrate that early detection of placenta praevia improves the outcome for either the mother or the baby. The researchers did not investigate the possible effects on the 246 women who presumably spent their pregnancies worrying about having to undergo a caesarean section and the possibility of a sudden haemorrhage.
Everywhere I have looked when researching ultrasounds, if placenta previa is mentioned, they almost always mention the fact that the VAST majority of 20 week cases have resolved by term.

I'd also put off a "confirming" ultrasound until you were close to term.
 

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I just had my midwife appointment and I was able to get my ultrasound moved up to 32 weeks. Hopefully by then all is well. I'm not really too concerned at this point because I really feel that this issue will resolve itself. I will update everyone when I get my 32 week ultrasound results in.

Thanks for the help! Without it I would still be worried and I wouldn't have thought to try and get my ultrasound moved farther ahead in my pregnancy!

Kristen
 

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With my last pg, my placenta was about 1/2 cm away from my cervix at my 20 week ultrasound. I had a follow up U/S around 34 weeks, and it had moved to slightly over 3 cm away, so all was fine. Don't worry, lot's of things happen between 20 and 40 (or so) weeks. You should be fine!
 

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I have a low-lying anterior placenta. I also have a bicornuate uterus, so my midwives and a specialist have been keeping a close eye on me. Right now I'm 30 weeks pregnant - my last ultrasound was at 28 weeks and I have another scheduled at 34 to check the position of the placenta. Right now it's 2cm away from my cervix. I've been reassured that the placenta will move upwards before my due date and I should have no problems delivering. If the placenta still hasn't moved up at the next us, I'll start to worry. Right now, judging from what the midwives + doctors say and everyone else here, it's not something to worry about unless it's actually covering the cervix.
 
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