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what are the most common symptoms of placenta previa?

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Dr. Danae Steele
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 31 years experience
Painless bleeding: The most common symptom of placenta previa is painless vaginal bleeding. If you suspect you might have a placenta previa, an ultrasound can tell you whether you have one or not.

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Can placenta accreta have negative effects on my baby?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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No: The concern is for mother. After the baby is born, difficulty with separation and removal of the placenta can result in excess bleeding, a hysterectomy, and a risk to future pregnancies. It should not harm a current pregnancy.
A 28-year-old member asked:

What is placenta previa?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Placenta over cervix: Placenta previa is a complication of pregnancy where the placenta is covering the opening of the uterus called the cervix. It occurs in 1/200 pregnancies more commonly in patients with a previous c section. If diagnosed in early pregnancy it may resolve before delivery. If not a C-section will be needed. It can cause painless bleeding often requiring bedrest.
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Does placenta previa require treatment?

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Dr. Rebecca Gray
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
Maybe: If a placenta previa is still present at term, a cesarean delivery is indicated.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I cope with placenta previa when not at the doctor?

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Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Avoid sex: As long as you are not bleeding, go about life as usual with the exception of nothing in the vagina. No sex, no sex, no sex. Call your provider immediately if bleeding begins, even if it's only spotting.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to engage in sexual activity without intercourse if I have placenta previa?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Yes: You can engage in sexual activity as long as nothing is placed inside the vagina to avoid disrupting the placenta and causing bleeding. Finding other ways to stay intimate with your partner is normal and healthy.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Agree but I want reinforce that nothing should go in the vagina as she said.
Jun 29, 2011

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