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Just wondering. I had it with the last baby and now with this one too. I read alot of stories about it being less favorable. So can anybody enlighten me?
 

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I have a stupid question <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> , does anterior mean it's against the back of your uterus?
 

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Anterior = front <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Only downside I can see so far is that no-one can feel the baby moving from the outside yet, since the darn placenta is in the way ... off to Google.
 

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Sounds like the only real issue for most folks is if the placenta is low-lying or if there's a degree of previa. For those of us who have had C's, there's a risk of placenta acreta, which would suck.<br><br><a href="http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/placprev.html#Anterior" target="_blank">http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/....html#Anterior</a>
 

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Mine is anterior. The only downside has been delayed feeling of kicking where the placenta lies, but I am starting to feel some kicks through it and around it now. Before it had all been down low kicks, below the bottom of the placenta.<br><br>
I had read there was a possibility of a correlation with posterior babies, but my m/w said that had not been her experience. She told me that throughout the pregnancy, the placenta will usually gradually "move" toward the top as the uterus grows. She advised me not to worry about it.<br><br>
I hadn't heard about the possible issues in women with previous C-sections.
 

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Mine is anterior and the only potential downside I've read is that apparently babies like to face the placenta so the baby is more likely to be posterior. I just take that information and figure I'll make sure to pay attention to the baby's position (anterior or posterior) as I get to about 31 weeks or so and make sure to try to get the baby in optimum position.
 

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My MWs said it doesn't mean a lot since it can move out of the way anyway - it's just either anterior or posterior or low-lying/previa and anterior's not a big deal. They told me not to expect to feel movement as early or as much and that was it. I was told no big deal.<br><br>
In the past week I have felt movement ALL OVER and had only felt it down low or to the sides before... so I'm guessing it has moved out of the way? I'll be 25w on Monday.
 

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This is my 3rd pregnancy and 3rd anterior placenta. I definitely feel movement later than other women. And I've had two posterior labors complete with back labor, all this despite doing everything under the sun to prevent it. I fully expect another posterior labor this time. But there's absolutely nothing I can do about it so Im not going to worry about like I did last pregnancy. It is what it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Mine is anterior, and I didn't feel movement for the longest time. It wasn't until I was about 21.5 wks, and I only felt kicks on the right side. My OB suspected that it was anterior because I kept commenting that I wasn't feeling movement and, when I went recently for a fetal assessment, it was confirmed. The placenta is in a good spot - not too low.<br><br>
Since I'm further along now and baby is getting bigger, I am feeling movement now low in my belly in the front. The inward kicks can hurt, since there is no cushion there. When it gets uncomfortable, I get up or change positions.
 

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Mine is supposedly anterior as well, but I've had no problems feelings movement. In fact, I think I was feeling it on the earlier side at around 17 weeks. ???<br>
As far I know, though, that's the only drawback of an anterior placenta. (from what I gather)
 

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I felt movement on the earlier side too but very rarely - and it was always down low away from the placenta. I guess it depends on the position of your baby? Most of the time she was hiding behind the placenta so I would feel some little movements down low or to the side but only every few days.
 

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I too was feeling movement really early but it was always inconsistent until a good 21 weeks. It was scary feeling her move several times one day and then not at all for the next 2. Now though I can feel her all the time.<br>
I'm wondering if anyone else is noticing though it being difficult to get into a position where the baby isn't cutting off blood supply. With my dd I never had a problem with breathlessness, even flat on my back, but whoa, with this one its constant and I already need to sleep in the recliner or I'm waking up every 30 minutes trying to catch my breath.
 

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I felt movement later than with the last baby, but about the same time as with the first so who knows? 18 weeks is pretty normal. I can feel movement from the outside and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> even SEE it! True, I don't feel so much on the right side but some. Now I'm really curious about the postier position though! Dd was postierior and I don't know where the placenta was. Ds was not and had and anterior placenta. I've heard that the 3rd pregnancy/delivery are like the first so I'm really nervous! Afa as sleeping postions- With dd I could not be on my back for longer than 10 minutes without feeling very much like I was dying b/c I couldn't breathe. With ds and with this baby, I can lay on my back with just minimal shortness of breath for a long time.
 
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