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Hi everyone,<br><br>
I am about 12 weeks pregnant with my second baby. I went in for my normal apts feeling HUGE. Sure enough, I was measuring 20 at 10 weeks. My OB ordered a glucose test (which was negative) and a sonogram. I believe these were reasonable precautions because of the very difficult and complicated birth I had with my first.<br><br>
There is only one baby, and I am not gestationally diabetic. The baby is the right size and everything looks normal. However, I do have full placenta previa.<br><br>
I know it is early and the placenta moves out of the way in most cases. But the thought of having to have a planned C section is pretty scary. Is there anything I can do? Stand on my head? (JK of course).<br><br>
But seriously -- is there anything I can do? Any nutritional stuff, yoga, herbs etc? Is there any way to have a vaginal delivery if this continues?<br><br>
Thanks everyone,
 

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Is it complete grade 4 Placenta previa? No, there isn't anything you can do, not as far as I know anyways. There is a good chance it will move up, as your uterus will be much bigger at term than it is now. Have you had bleeding?<br><br>
ETA: You probably don't want a vaginal birth with a complete placenta previa, as that would be birthing the baby's lifeline before the baby, not very good.
 

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Hi,<br><br>
Thanks for the information.<br><br>
They did not mention a grade -- I will ask next time I talk to the doc.<br><br>
I did ask if the placenta was totally covering the os -- and was told that it was.<br><br>
I was hoping that this was something like VBACS -- in that the natural birth movement would have a solution western medicine didn't have. C-sections scare the heck out of me and I hope my placenta moves out of the way (ok, I know, it doesn't move exactly -- but I hope that as my uterus grows, the placenta is no longer covering the os).<br><br>
Thanks -- and any other info would be greatly appreciated,<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If they said full previa then yes it is a grade 4.... and there is really nothing you can do. The good news is you are very early on and it *may* change to partial which there are options you can try for a natural birth if you have a partial.<br><br>
I had a full previa and my desires for a natural birth went out the window. At some point I accepted that I was having a c-section and I decided to make it as nice as possible.<br><br>
I had the hospital bend rules ~ lower lighting in the OR than normal, one hand free to touch baby, SO in OR with me at all times, photos right after birth, breastfeeding, skin to skin, rooming in. I feel a GOOD clear birthplan is even more needed with a c-section and discuss it with your OB early on....<br><br>
Good luck!!!
 

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Well there's one thing you might consider: get a new OB who won't scare you when you don't need to be. And I don't say that to be snarky at all.<br><br>
The large majority of women have some form of "placenta previa" at 12 weeks. I put it in quotes because they don't really have it. The uterus is still just so small and there's just not much room so on u/s it looks like the placenta is attached over the cervix. Except actually it's not and that's why the vast majority of previas clear up by 26 weeks. It's not like your placenta just migrates all around your uterus during pregnancy. It attaches in one spot and stays there. So in most cases of these "previas" it's actually attached normally and as the uterus grows upward it is also pulled upward and then they can see there actually is no previa....of course what they never say out loud is that there never was.<br><br>
Now if you'd had symptoms of previa like bleeding that would be a completely different story. But symptom-less previa that early is more than likely just a diagnosing error based on the info I just gave.<br><br>
I had an OB with my first try to feed me that BS during my 20 wk u/s when he told me I had a complete previa. Of course it was gone by 26 weeks just like all the research shows. It wasn't until after my ds that I started really researching birth and pregnancy and came across all the previa info.<br><br>
FWIW though, if you do actually have a true placenta previa then yes you would want a c-section. There's no getting around the fact that even if you managed not to hemorrage severly during labor that you would still deliver your placenta before your baby, therefore cutting off their oxygen supply. Placenta previa is one of the true medically necessary c-section reasons.<br><br>
You should also try posting this in Birth and Beyond, you'll get lots of answers there.
 
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