Monday, September 11, 2017

Partial Placenta Previa

The doctor was not in the office during the ultrasound, but just reviewed the exam and called to let me know i have placenta previa. The placenta is partially covering my cervix and a C-section may be required for delivery. (my worst fear) I have been asked to abstain from sexual intercourse and may be placed on bed rest. I have another ultrasound in 4 weeks to see if the placenta has moved.

Placenta Previa

The placenta is a structure that develops inside your uterus during pregnancy, providing oxygen and nutrition to and removing wastes from your baby. The placenta connects to your baby through the umbilical cord. In most pregnancies, the placenta attaches at the top or side of the uterus.
Placenta previa (pluh-SEN-tuh PREH-vee-uh) occurs when a baby's placenta partially or totally covers the mother's cervix — the outlet for the uterus. Placenta previa can cause severe bleeding during pregnancy and delivery.
If you have placenta previa, you might bleed throughout your pregnancy and during your delivery. Your health care provider will recommend avoiding activities that might cause contractions, including having sex, douching, using tampons, or engaging in activities that can increase your risk of bleeding, such as running, squatting, and jumping.
You'll need a C-section to deliver your baby if the placenta previa doesn't resolve.

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