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Old 06-05-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Calcification of Placenta at 32 weeks?

This is my third pregnancy. Both were full term, one vaginal and second C-section for breech.

I've had a ****ens of a time telling where this baby is (using spinning babies) and found out from doc Sunday she is transverse. But nothing makes sense about what I feel - he said she is cradled across my hips, which is why I feel kicks on upper right and hiccups in my pelvis (her back across it). But I have a big hard mass right down the middle of my belly behind belly button and rounds up almost like the top of my uterus.

After paying CLOSE attention today I am wondering if it's my placenta that's hardened or calcified? Could that be it? Has anyone had this? It's a sort of odd shape (which is what baffled me - I didn't think it could be her head OR her back) and never seems to move, even when she's doing all kinds of crazy things.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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Re: Calcification of Placenta at 32 weeks?

Hmmm. Placentas can calcify early, sure. I've never heard of palpating that, though.

You are seeing an MD- they can order you an ultrasound, surely?
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
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Re: Calcification of Placenta at 32 weeks?

I had something round and hard near the top of my uterus when I was pregnant with my first. Ultrasound showed a 6cm fibroid tumor. Could it be something like that?
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:49 PM   #4
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Re: Calcification of Placenta at 32 weeks?

I don't think that placentas become entirely calcified, it is more like calcification SPOTS. Usually it occurs with women with really poor nutrition, smokers and when overdue most commonly. I don't think you can tell that from palpating, and they would probably see it on the ultrasound.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:38 AM   #5
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Has your doc checked the position of your placenta? Maybe it's just your placenta, not that it's calcified or anything?
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