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Old 06-08-06, 12:11 PM
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Can anyone please give me information on placenta previa? I had my 20 wk scan 2 days ago and was told my placenta was low and that another scan was needed in later pregnancy. Please help!
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Old 06-08-06, 12:33 PM
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Welcome!!!
 


A "low placenta" and placenta previa are not the same thing. Placenta previa means the placenta has actually torn away in an area from the wall of the uterus. This is serious and usually requires bed rest, no lifting, etc. Having a low placenta is common. Sometimes after conception, the placenta attaches and grows lower in the uterus than is desired. You may have some minimal spotting here and there because of it. It's not a big concern.
 
Usually what happens is the placenta migrates up as the uterus grows and stretches and it all works out fine.
 
Rarely it remains low and a c-section is needed to deliver the baby. At this point I wouldn't worry at all - this will probably be totally fine at your next u/s.
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Old 06-08-06, 12:39 PM
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Tracy, I thought that was placenta abruption.


 


I did a google search and it came up that placenta previa was where the placenta covers (partial or completely) the opening of the cervix.
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You are ABSOLUTELY right!! Blame it on morning brain...

Placenta previa is where the placenta lies partially or completely over the cervix. It does often resolve itself. It's still totally different than a "low lying placenta" which almost always resolves itself.
 


Thank you for pointing that out - I would hate to give bad info.
 
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Old 06-08-06, 01:50 PM
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I had placenta previa and it can be scary. What kind do you have their a different degrees of placenta previa. I had complete placenta previa where I had to be on bedrest for 3 months plus I had 2 months in the hospital (included in that 3 months) I wasn't allowed to lift or excersise from 16 weeks and no house work. I had to have my baby early do to hemmoraging but she is doing great now and you would never know I had a complicated pregnancy. I also had placenta abrupiton too and had to be on bedrest for a couple weeks with that too
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