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Has anyone been told they have or ever had an anterior placenta?? I'm a little bit worried as im planning an HBAC (possibly UCBAC) HypnoBirthing and i've heard that having an anterior placenta will make your baby posterior (sunny side up)??<br><br>
my first child was delivered by CS because he was posterior, i was young and under-informed and allowed the staff to strap me on my back with an epidural during labour which is TOTALLY counter-productive with a posterior babba as it allowed him no room to move nor allow him to move down so after 20 hours i made it to 9 cm and the staff decided to call it a day and unzip me lol.<br><br>
so being told i have an anterior placenta has made me a little panicked as i'm so desperate for a homebirth this time and would hate for history to repeat itself...
 

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I've never heard this about an anterior placenta. I had one with DS and delivered him vaginally with the deck pretty well stacked against me to do so. He was not posterior.<br><br>
I have one again. I feel like I got short-changed only because I don't get to feel movement any earlier with my second baby. Both I felt for sure around 18-19 weeks.<br><br>
I really wouldn't worry. It only means that the placenta is in the front.<br><br>
For what it's worth, I also had a GIGANTIC anterior placenta. I mean, when that thing was delivered, everyone gasped! And, still, no problems because of it - except that there was talk of induction and they didn't want to do an amnio because they'd have had to go in on my side (painful). We just didn't do the induction <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My friend had a totally normal "sunny side up" home birth with her first.<br><br>
I have never heard that having an anterior placenta makes the baby more likely to be positioned face-up...she didn't have an anterior placenta.<br><br>
I think you will be just fine.
 

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ddc crashing here...<br><br>
i had anterior placenta with dd, just means its on the front, as long as its no blocking babies exit you should be fine.. i will warn you that you probably wont feel much movement till late on because the placenta blocks it... i ahd a beautiful home birth will dd <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have an anterior placenta this pregnancy. As others have said I think it mostly means you won't feel the baby as much. I was almost sure going into my ultrasound that I had one because I was 20 weeks along with my 4th and still had not felt the baby move. Sure enough I do. I am kinda disappointed as this is my last pregnancy and I love feeling the baby move.
 

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I haven't heard that anterior placenta can cause OP presentation (though I suppose it's possible), the main possible complication that comes to mind is that if you would need a c/s, they would have to cut through the placenta to get to the baby. Obviously that means a potential for a large blood loss. Generally though, I don't think anterior placenta is a big deal.
 

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I had an anterior placenta with both my boys. The first was posterior. I birthed vaginally. He turned while I pushed. The second was breech, and I had a section.<br><br>
I also heard that babies like to face the placenta. For me it made sense. My second placenta was high anterior - right where his head was. Not sure if science backs it though.<br><br>
It is possible to have an ideally positioned baby with a anterior placenta. I would work extra hard on positioning movements found on spinningbabies.<br><br>
Good luck
 

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I had an anterior placenta with my first son, who was my only homebirth and my only posterior babe. No one told me there was a connection, but even at home I delivered him the traditional "flat on my back" way and it was fine.<br><br>
The problem I had was delivering the placenta. Not sure if that's connected with an anterior placenta or not, but that was a problem that I only had with ds1. My midwife had to help A LOT to get that placenta out and I did have some major blood loss.
 

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I don't know for sure, but I think I have an anterior placenta. I have only felt a twinge of movement sporadically, and I'm 18 weeks. I know I was feeling more with ds2 and ds3. But then, I may have had an anterior placenta with ds1, as I didn't really notice movement until very late. He was in perfect positioning, and it was a short first birth.<br><br>
I haven't heard of the anterior placenta/posterior connection before. If you're worried, I would recommend seeing a chiropractor experienced with Webster Technique during your pg, and also reading the info at spinningbabies.com<br><br>
I should probably actually make a first midwife appointment here soon, then I'd know for sure the little movement is just anterior placenta... although I did feel a definite flip the other night, have popped out and have other pg symptoms, so I'm not too worried.
 

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you guys are all so great i love this site!<br><br>
i've been feeling the movements from 14 weeks which i know is odd for anterior placenta, you can see her making my belly bounce now, she's a real lil' thumper, just had a scan today and you could see her booting her placenta on screen and see my belly bouncing at the same time, she's amazing (funny how much u love them already isnt it). i had an amino and yeah it wasnt great, kinda smarted lol. she was stubbornly sunny side down for most of the scan so im hoping she stays that way!<br><br>
the placenta is high, not blocking her exit route and leaving room underneath so that if i did need another section they wouldnt be cutting through it (though my local hosp are butchers so i wouldnt put it past them lmao)<br><br>
great to hear of some vaginal birthings with anterior placenta, tyvm!
 

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<span>i have heard that babies do usually face their placentas but that has not been my experience all my lo's have been posterior and i know at least caitlin's placenta wasn't anterior.</span>
 

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Good luck! I had an anterior placenta last time and my baby was posterior for much of labor. She did finally turn and drop and was born vaginally (hooray!). I had a pretty long labor, and if I'd been prepared for the thought of a multiple day labor I might have been a bit calmer about it by the end, but it all worked out well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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