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Old 01-19-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Anyone have experience with Placenta Previa?

I'd love to hear your experience with placenta previa. I found out today I have complete placenta previa and I'm 17 weeks along.

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Old 01-20-2011, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone have experience with Placenta Previa?

So nobody has ever had placenta previa?
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You still have a long way to go in your pregnancy. There's definitely a good chance that the placenta will move away from the cervix. A woman in our birth circle was told at 22 weeks that her placenta was partially covering the cervix, and she was really worried that she would have to have a c-section, but within the next several weeks the placenta moved as the uterus grew, and now she is happy to plan a vaginal birth.

I would try not to worry about it right now- it's still really early and the uterus has a lot of growing to do.
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yes..with this baby, and with my dd. with dd it moved by 28 weeks, this time it moved around 18 weeks. i wouldn't worry too much just yet...you have a long way to go!!
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Re: Anyone have experience with Placenta Previa?

i had partial with #3 but it moved. just keep thinking move vibes.
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Re: Anyone have experience with Placenta Previa?

Ok, thanks. I like the moving vibes. LOL!
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Re: Anyone have experience with Placenta Previa?

If you do a search on it here you will find lots. There seem to be a rash of us with them right now! In the May 11 DDC there are at least 6 of us that have them. Good luck! I'm sure it will move for you.
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Re: Anyone have experience with Placenta Previa?

I had it with my first 2. With DS it moved at about 28 weeks or so. With DD, it didn't move until around 34 weeks. Moved both times though. You are really early still, so I would expect it to move.
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Re: Anyone have experience with Placenta Previa?

I'm 15 weeks, and I found out at 12 that I have it as well, but they said there is a good chance it will rise on its own within the next couple of months. I'm hoping it does, and fast, because I really want to be able to go to a birth center and they won't take me with placenta previa.
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If you do a search on it here you will find lots. There seem to be a rash of us with them right now! In the May 11 DDC there are at least 6 of us that have them. Good luck! I'm sure it will move for you.
What's so funny, is I am actually 40 weeks in May, but I am a 41/42 week gestational mama, so I am in the June DDC....but it looks like I might be having some placenta problems/low placenta!
I seriously wonder if something about the month we all concieved caused the baby's to implant low??? Weird to think about...

Anyoo! I had a marginal previa with my last pregnancy, and by 35 weeks it moved 9cm away. I think my OB/Midwife said the edge needs to be at least 4cm away in order to have a safe vaginal delivery.
They really freaked with me, because I was VBACing again, and the majority of the placenta was covering my scar. IOW, doing a cesarean was not really a pretty option for them, so I think they were praying right along with me that the placenta migrated, lol!

My mom had a previa, but only the edge was covering the cervix, and as she dialated, it was only partially covering it. They were able to somehow vaccum suction down baby's head, and the pressure sort of "cut off" the blood supply to that edge of the placenta, and therefore prevented massive placental bleeding. Once his head was that far engaged, it was a couple hours before my mom delivered him, and then afterward they had blood on hand incase she had bad PP bleeding, but she didn't need any, thank goodness!

Worst case scenario, you'll need a cesarean...so I would suggest educating yourself bigtime on the risks and options involved there. The biggest thing is KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS when you go into the operating room. There are lots of things you can refuse and lots of things you can opt for. Checkout ICAN. If you're gonna have to have a cesarean, might as well have the BEST experience possible and protect yourself from future problems and complications.

I heard that in Europe, they are realizing that the benefits of putting baby straight onto mommy from the womb outweighs the risks of jeopardizing "the sterile area"... so they put baby straight into mom's arms after cutting the cord! Gosh, why can't the US be so up to date??
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