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My 20 week US showed my placenta only a few mm away from my cervix. This is what the tech told me as she was doing the US, and needed to do a transvaginal to get better measurements. We'll see how it shakes out when the dr reviews and sends my MW the report. I'm completely deflated right now, we were planning a homebirth. I know there's time for the placenta to move but it sucks to have to worry about it.<br><br>
Plus, I've been sick with a cold for a week and now I've got a stomach bug. I feel like a petri dish. BLAH!
 

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Sending you "move placenta move" vibes...
 

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Honestly, I know this is easier said than done but try not to worry about it. from what I have read, a marginal previa diagnosed at 20weeks has a very high likelihood of completely clearing....like an over 90% chance.<br><br>
I'm sorry you have to deal with the stress though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Hearing all the stories of moved placentas over the years, I think you have excellent reason to expect your homebirth!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> FWIW I went through the same thing last pregnancy only I had the ultrasound (after declining an anatomy scan) passed 20 weeks because I was having major bleeds which ended up being caused by the previa. My was complete, pretty much dead center.<br><br>
And it moved, totally out of the way by my third trimester ultrasound. FWIW I've had more than one care provider (all of the midwives I've seen plus an OB) say that they wish that noone looked for it unless there was bleeding at the midpregnancy scan because it means absolutely nothing in the long run. Some of them that cause problems don't look like they are going to at 20 weeks and some that look like huge problems (like mine) turn out to be nothing. Ended up with a previa at term is really very rare considering that all placentas start in the lower segment (based on the size of uterus) and move up as the uterus grows. Most will be totally clear of the cervix long before term but many are not by 20 weeks.<br><br>
Sending good vibes for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<span>Yep--these girls are right! I was diagnosed w/ partial placental previa at 20 wks w/ #1, and ended up having to have way more U/S than I ever wanted, but it was a non-issue by 34 weeks.<br><br>
Routine U/S causes more problems than it helps, IMHO.<br><br>
I think you should still go for the homebirth. Hope you feel better!</span>
 

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I had a marginal placenta with my 4th pregnancy that resolved by 36 weeks. The majority of them do - you have LOTS of time for this to move. I wouldn't "worry" about it since there's absolutely nothing you can do to affect it anyway!
 

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I have partial previa, not worried about it at ALL<br><br>
if it was complete previa we would worry but with partial its not likely to be anywhere near the cervix by the time baby comes.
 

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Thanks everyone. I spoke to my MW yesterday and she's not worried at all. I'm going to pick up some cinnamomum from her next week, she said it may help and couldn't hurt. So I'm feeling a lot better about the situation.<br><br>
Thanks again for the encouragement!
 

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(I'm newish, hope I'm not intruding by posting!)<br><br>
I was dx'ed with complete placenta previa really early -- 12 weeks. I am planning a homebirth too.<br><br>
So far I have had no bleeding, which I take as a really good sign. My midwife is waiting on my 20 wk anatomy scan (I'm 22 weeks), I am assuming to give the placenta more time to move so we don't freak for no reason.<br><br>
I would be very very disappointed to have a c/s rather than the peaceful, wonderful homebirth I have planned.<br><br>
I guess I just wanted to say that I can relate, and I hope yours moves. Like others have said, and I'm sure you know, odds are better than excellent that it will be out of the way in time for your birth.
 

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I think it's more like a 99.999% chance! I was diagnosed with total previa at 17 weeks, and did a lot of reading. Basically, if it's not centered over the cervix, it moves out of the way all the time, and if if is centered over the cervix, it's about 50/50 whether it will move or not.<br><br>
Do not worry, do not let them stress you out, you will be fine!
 

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At 21w, my scan showed COMPLETE placenta previa. The MW sat my husband and I down and recommended "no exercise, no sex, no heavy lifting." My husband and I looked at eachother and LAUGHED.<br><br>
I've been running 3-5 days a week (averaging 15 miles a week, with a half marathon at 14w) along with 1-2 days a week of mountain biking (serious trail, on a hardtail) plus yoga/strength. We also have LOTS of sex, and not the "nice" kind either.<br><br>
I explained this to the MW and she looked at me quizzically and said, "well, nothing changed today, we just know what's going on. If you haven't been bleeding or spotting, you should be ok to keep up what you're doing." So I have. Two more days of MTB and a week of running, and still not a single spot of blood.<br><br>
I'm freaked out about it moving, though. We're signed up for 12w of Bradley classes, we hired our doula, we passed on the "nice" hospital near us to drive 12 miles to the ABC. If it doesn't move, I might switch from the MW back to the high-tech OB. Not at all what we wanted. Chances aren't 90% for me since I'm complete previa, but we'll know what's what at 28w scan they want to do now, to see if it's moved.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it's more like a 99.999% chance! I was diagnosed with total previa at 17 weeks, and did a lot of reading. Basically, if it's not centered over the cervix, it moves out of the way all the time, and if if is centered over the cervix, it's about 50/50 whether it will move or not.<br><br>
Do not worry, do not let them stress you out, you will be fine!</div>
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I hate to inject pessimism into the precedings here, but no, not all previas not centered over the cervix move out of the way. Mine didn't.<br><br>
Maybe if I'd been able to stay pregnant for eight more weeks, things would have been different. But they do not ALWAYS move. Just the VAST majority. Fingers crossed.
 

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Have any ladies with previa found it moved yet? Any follow-up stories here?<br><br>
We just scheduled the 28w ultrasound for July 1. Hoping by then...
 

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My update is I don't know if it's moved yet.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> My MW wants me to go for another US at 32ish weeks. She has a lot of confidence that it will be fine, so I'm trying not to worry. But I only had a marginal previa, not a complete. Hope yours moves too!!!!
 

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At Bradley class last night, when they covered nutrition, they said that a higher-protein diet can actually help move the placenta up.<br><br>
HUH?<br><br>
Now I'm not sure whether to be skeptical of that info or frustrated that my MW's didn't have that advice 6 weeks ago when we first found out. As of today, though, I'm shooting for 100g+ of protein a day since, hell, it can't hurt.
 

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I had spotting last week... Thinking it was from the previa. Find out tomorrow hopefully.<br><br>
Haven't had spotting since though. Went on bedrest/pelvic rest for the weekend just in case it was due to the stress or something else too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">At Bradley class last night, when they covered nutrition, they said that a higher-protein diet can actually help move the placenta up.<br><br>
HUH?<br><br>
Now I'm not sure whether to be skeptical of that info or frustrated that my MW's didn't have that advice 6 weeks ago when we first found out. As of today, though, I'm shooting for 100g+ of protein a day since, hell, it can't hurt.</div>
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I can't see how protein intake would make that much of a difference, but hey, it's worth a try.<br><br>
No bleeding or anything here, and apart from the pelvic rest I've been quite active. DD, 2.5 years old and 25 pounds, broke a leg bone the other day, so I've been carrying her more than usual, even though I get other people to carry her when it's convenient. I will probably be carrying her a lot for the next 6 weeks or so, until she's recovered.<br><br>
3 weeks until mine gets checked. Waiting, waiting, waiting.
 

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We went in for the ultrasound check today, and I haven't gotten the results yet but I'm a bit worried. It seems like the placenta was low and to the left, based on where the thingy was when she was looking at blood flow. Baby is head up, feet down, which I'm also not thrilled about. Still waiting!
 

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aikigypsy- I really hope it turns out ok! Don't forget that where the US wand is doesn't mean much...<br><br>
I just got back from the MW. Can you believe I had the appt down for noon in my gizmo, but it was actually at 1:30pm AND they were running 30 min late? Yarg. Anyway, the placenta went from complete previa to totally clear!! Moved all the way up out of the way. WOO HOO! It's awesome news, I'm so excited. This means that we're 100% go on the natural Bradley birth of our dreams. YAY<br><br>
I hope everyone else is as lucky...
 
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