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A 37-year-old female asked:

at 24 weeks, i was told by high risk dr that i have a low lying placenta but it's not covering the cervix. how likely will it move to the top?

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Dr. Roger Duvivier
Obstetrics and Gynecology 47 years experience
Fairly likely: If you have not had a previous Cesarian or uterine scar and if your placenta is mostly posterior, there is a fairly good chance that your "low lying placenta which is not covering the cervix" will not cause you any problem.
Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Probably safe: If it is not covering the cervix now it will not move down and cover it later. As the uterus grows the space between the placenta and the cervical opening will likely increase, but that is not to say it will "move to the top." Any problem will likely declare itself with bleeding, so report any such episodes promptly to your doctor.
Dr. Richard Reams
Specializes in Family Medicine
Likely: The placenta has to be watched but many low lying placentas migrate up the wall of the uterus as it grows. There are some of them that will get close to the os(opening) of the uterus but most will still remain away from blocking the opening. Just be patient and follow your doctors instructions and they will keep track of the migration as your pregnancy develops. I hope this helped.

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