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I went to see my midwife yesterday for my monthly appointment. The midwife informed me that I have partial placenta previa based on the ultrasound done at 19 weeks. I am now 21 weeks pregnant. The mw wants me to have another "follow-up" ultrasound in 4 weeks to look at the location of the placenta.<br><br>
From reading a little bit online, it sounds like there is a pretty good chance of it growing upwards, and me being able to have the natural birth I am planning. If anyone has experience with having partial (or complete) placenta previa, I would love to hear about it.<br><br>
I am trying not to worry about this. Any ideas or advice?
 

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That is a big reason I would never have an early u/s (or any...) without medical reason. Yeah, it usually moves. Previa is meaningless at this stage.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Try not worry about it, it will most likely move up. I would decline that second u/s until later in your pregnancy if you want it having it in the 2nd trimester seems silly, by 30+ weeks it will be as high as it's going to get, kwim?
 

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There's no advice I can give you on "what to do", but I can tell you that chances are great that it will move. Well, it won't actually move, but your uterus will grow... I usually explain it as a postage stamp on a balloon. If I blew up the balloon, the stamp would be on the same spot of the balloon, but would be higher up. Make sense?<br><br>
If your midwives will make an issue of it with your birthing choices, I would go for the follow-up U/S. It will be 30 seconds long, and enough to get them off your back!
 

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Well previa isn't meaningless at this stage as some women have bleeding during PG due to placental previa and that is far from meaningless.<br><br>
I had partial previa with my last PG and as the OP stated waiting to after week 30 is when you will have better knowledge of whether or not this will affect the birth. My placenta moved just far enough for me to have a vaginal delivery safely.<br><br>
If you are not bleeding, don't worry...worrying won't make it move...
 

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thanks everyone for your responses...they do make me feel better<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well previa isn't meaningless at this stage as some women have bleeding during PG due to placental previa and that is far from meaningless.</div>
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I meant previa without symptoms, merely from an u/s.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I haven't had my baby yet, but I had complete placenta previa at 20 weeks. At the next ultrasound (24 weeks), it was low lying. At 30, it was fine (and we finally got to have sex again!!).<br><br>
The chances are really good it will move, especially if it's not complete. I can't remember the statistics, but they are in your favor!
 

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I have a funny, when I was with my old doctors with my previous pg they gave me a routine initial U/S and I didn't hear anything about it. Then when I went back about a month later, they gave me ANOTHER "routine" U/S. (Their policy was an u/s at EVERY visit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ) Anyway, they said, good news, you're off pelvic rest, as your placenta previa has resolved. I said, what pelvic rest, you guys never told me about that. They were so horrified that I had compromised my health and pg by not being on pelvic rest (despite no spotting, pain, anything) that they were rushing around trying to figure out what to do. Umm... didn't you just SAY it resolved itself??<br><br>
Anyway, as you can figure out, mine moved and I had a completely normal birth.
 

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I had low lying placenta (similar to the partial previa you described) during my last pregnancy, which did indeed resolve itself by the 28th week of pregnancy. My OB at the time mentioned that, in 30 years of practice, he'd never seen a partial previa or low lying placenta w/out bleeding that didn't resolve itself prior to the onset of labor. I wouldn't worry... I'm sure your body will see to it that the placenta moves to the correct position in short time.
 

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I also had partial placenta previa with my son and it moved up. I think it does something like 95% of the time. I think it would be worth checking that it moves, but it almost certainly will.<br><br>
Sarah
 

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You mean a marginal/partial previa, not a complete previa right?
 

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There are women (without symptoms) who have been diagnosed (via u/s) with complete previa at 20 weeks. By term the placenta had moved.<br><br>
I maintain that previa, without symptoms, at 20 weeks is a meaningless "diagnoses"<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Do care providers ever just check on the location of the placenta later like at 35 weeks or something (w/o necessarily a check at 20 weeks)? I know lots of women who had a partial previa at 20 weeks and worried and then were fine. But I have one close friend whose placenta didn't move. I guess they were trying to get her as far along as possible before doing a c-section, but she went into labor on her own, hemmoraged a lot in the middle of the night, and had to be rushed to the hospital in a very bloody unpleasant situation.<br><br>
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I had a low lying placenta at 18 weeks. At 25 weeks I had a follow up u/s that showed complete placenta previa. I am so disapointed. I'll have another one at 32 weeks to see what it has done. My m/w said my only restriction is that nothing goes in my vagina. Well poo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 
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