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Placenta Blocks Cervix (Overview)

A previa is when a placenta entirely covers the opening of the cervix into the uterus (internal os). It is a reason for a cesarean section and if bleeding occurs and stops it may be a reason for prolonged bedrest.


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What is the definition or description of: placenta blocks cervix?

What is the definition or description of: placenta blocks cervix?

Previa: A previa is when a placenta entirely covers the opening of the cervix into the uterus (internal os). It is a reason for a cesarean section and if bleeding occurs and stops it may be a reason for prolonged bedrest. ...Read more

Placenta Blocks Cervix (Overview)

A previa is when a placenta entirely covers the opening of the cervix into the uterus (internal os). It is a reason for a cesarean section and if bleeding occurs and stops it may be a reason for prolonged bedrest.


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I have placenta previa. Just in case it does not block the cervix, can I still deliver vaginally?

I have placenta previa. Just in case it does not block the cervix, can I still deliver vaginally?

Yes: The definition of placenta pre via is that the placenta covers the cervix. Often, as the pregnancy progresses, the placenta moves away from the cervix and vaginal delivery can occur. ...Read more

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Had inc. Placenta previa at 16 weeks, moved up around 21 wks (3cm+) now at almost 32 wks u/s showing 1.5cm fr cervix. Why did it move down again?

Had inc. Placenta previa at 16 weeks, moved up around 21 wks (3cm+) now at almost 32 wks u/s showing 1.5cm fr cervix. Why did it move down again?

Doesn’t move: The placenta does not actually move. It is attached to the uterus. As the uterus grows the placenta can be pulled safely away from the cervix. In some cases it does not. It just depends on where the placenta is attached. In general it needs to be more than 2 cm from the cervix to permit vaginal delivery ...Read more

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Placenta previa last u/s at 34 wks. Currently 35+ weeks & I feel lots of pressure on cervix from the baby, should I be aware of anything? Nocurntrestric

Placenta previa last u/s at 34 wks. Currently 35+ weeks & I feel lots of pressure on cervix from the baby, should I be aware of anything? Nocurntrestric

Bleeding: Watch for bleeding. It is very normal
to feel pressure about this time. The most common description I hear is 'i think the baby is going to fall out' be aware of bleeding with the previa. Do not let anyone check you unless they know you have the previa. That could cause serious bleeding. ...Read more

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15weeks pregnant. My doctor said my placenta is on my cervix. Does that mean placenta previa? Is it concering?

Placenta: Yes, it means placenta pre via. However, you are so early on in pregnancy that the placenta may move up and get away from the cervix allowing you to deliver naturally. You need ultrasounds through your pregnancy. You will probably be advised not to have sex with the placenta laying low like it is now. ...Read more

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Doctor said that my placenta is attached near to my cervix. Is that means I can have placenta previa? Is that means c-section? I'm only 5months.

Too soon: At 5 months, it's too soon to say if your placenta will still be attached near your cervix when you are near to term. Sometimes, when the placenta is adjacent to or bordering the cervix at 5 months, the uterus grows and the placenta is far enough away at the time of delivery from the cervix that you can safely have a vaginal delivery! ...Read more

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What is placenta previa?

What is placenta previa?

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. ...Read more

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What is a placenta previa?

What is a placenta previa?

Blocks birth canal.: Placenta previa occurs when it implants over the maternal cervix of the uterus, thereby blocking the birth canal and precluding safe vaginal delivery. This is a potentially life-threatening condition that is best managed by experienced obstetrician/maternal-fetal medicine specialist at a large tertiary hospital with blood bank and ICU availability. ...Read more

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Is placenta previa hereditary?

Is placenta previa hereditary?

No: Placenta previa is an obstetric complication in which the placenta is inserted partially or wholly in lower uterine segment. It can sometimes occur in the later part of the first trimester, but usually during the second or third. It is a leading cause of antepartum haemorrhage (vaginal bleeding). It affects approximately 0.4-0.5% of all labours. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get placenta previa?

Do a lot of people get placenta previa?

1 in 200: Placenta previa occurs in approximately 1 in 200 pregnancies. It is a condition where the placenta blocks the opening to your cervix. Placenta previa is usually diagnosed by routine ultrasound. Or, women may experience painless vaginal bleeding, prompting evaluation. Placenta previa is usually followed by your doctor during pregnancy. Delivery must occur via c-section. ...Read more

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What are the tests for placenta previa?

What are the tests for placenta previa?

Ultrasound: Ultrasound is the main way to follow a previa. If your previa resolves with time, your labor should be the same as anyone else's. If it doesn't, tests for anemia, clotting factors, and blood availabilty are tests that are performed to be prepared for any emergency at delivery. Most patients are at bed rest in their 2nd trimester and pelvic rest until delivery. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about placenta previa?

What can you tell me about placenta previa?

Attached over cervix: Placenta previa is when the placenta attaches low inside the uterus, near theopening of the birth canal/cervix. This can cause problems during the birth process because when the cervix starts dilating it could tear the blood vessels in the placenta, depriving the baby of blood and making mom lose too much blood. To be safe, many ob's recommend a c-section instead of vaginal birth. ...Read more

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What is placenta previa marginalis grade 2?

Placenta previa: Normally, the position of the placenta is near the top of the womb. In some cases however, the placenta stays in the lower portion (part) of the womb, and either partially or completely covers the cervix (neck of the womb). The described grading is when the placenta reaches the cervix, but doesn't cover it. ...Read more

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I was told I have placenta previa. Now what do I do?

I was told I have placenta previa. Now what do I do?

Listen to your Doc: If it's early in your first trimester, usuallly not much different. In your late second or third trimester, listen to your doc. They'll prescribe rest, definitely to the hospital if you have any bleeding or cramping, and serial ultrasounds to see if the cervix has cleared. If it doesn't clear the cervix, a c-section is planned for delivery. Steroids may be given to help if you need early del. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of placenta previa?

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. ...Read more

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Can a placenta previa totalis able to deliver normally?

Can a placenta previa totalis able to deliver normally?

NO: I believe only safe option is a planned cesarean section. That way no blood from infant & placenta will be lost and infant will not endure any risk. ...Read more

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Once having placenta previa is it possible to have another child?

Once having placenta previa is it possible to have another child?

No in itself: Placenta previa in itself is not a reason to not have another child. It depends on the circumstances. These circumstances are best addressed individually be a doctor. ...Read more

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Sex with marginal placenta previa? Is it really necessary to abstain?

Sex with marginal placenta previa? Is it really necessary to abstain?

Yes: With any previa, the placements is near the cervix. Until your MD clears you, nothing in the vagina. The good news is, a marginal previa usually moves as the uterus gets bigger. ...Read more

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15 weeks and just diagnosed with placenta previa. Should I be worried?

Optimistic: The uterus has a lot of growing to do from 15 weeks on. The placenta can migrate away from the cervix as the uterus grows. If you experience vaginal bleeding you should see your doctor but you should be optimistic that the condition will very likely resolve on its own. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to help a placenta previa--massage, exercises, etc.?

No: There is nothing that you can do to change the location of the placenta. If it is covering the cervix, you will need to be delivered by c section. Intercourse needs to be avoided due to the risk of significant bleeding. A partial previa diagnosed early in the pregnancy may improve or resolve completely as the uterus continues to grow. A complete previa is unlikely to resolve. ...Read more

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What to do if I have placenta previa and now a tear in placenta how bad can it be?

Serious...: Placenta previa is a serious complication of pregnancy. It can result in bleeding that can be anywhere from annoying to life-threatening for you or baby. When you deliver, you will need a c/section. Most of the time, women with previa are delivered early by c/section. This avoids labor and cervical dilation. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What are the complications of placenta previa? What risks go along with placenta previa? How serious is the condition? .

What are the complications of placenta previa? What risks go along with placenta previa? How serious is the condition? .

Bleeding risk.: Placenta previa means that the birth canal is blocked by the afterbirth. This can cause severe vaginal bleeding that can threaten the maternal and fetal life. It carries a risk of placenta accreta and hysterectomy with it and must be managed in a large hospital with a blood bank and perinatal anesthesiology round the clock. It is a serious pregnancy complication! Seek mfm care. ...Read more

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What are the complications of placenta previa? What risks go along with placenta previa? How serious is the condition? .

What are the complications of placenta previa? What risks go along with placenta previa? How serious is the condition? .

Bleeding risk.: Placenta previa means that the birth canal is blocked by the afterbirth. This can cause severe vaginal bleeding that can threaten the maternal and fetal life. It carries a risk of placenta accreta and hysterectomy with it and must be managed in a large hospital with a blood bank and perinatal anesthesiology round the clock. It is a serious pregnancy complication! Seek mfm care. ...Read more

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How bad is my placenta previa and how big is my chance to have my placenta in the correct place. I don't want to undergo cs..

Impossible to answer: Unfortunately without information about how many weeks pregnant you are, and whether your placenta is completely covering or just close to your cervix, I can't answer this. But you should talk to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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I'm 21weeks aog with placenta previa totalis how big is my chance to have my placenta in correct place? I don't want to undergo cs (utz is in my profile)

Does not look good: For a vag del, you will have to be followed sometimes it can move but u should prepare yourself for a poss csection u cannot deliver through any part of the placenta! ...Read more

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Why is there bleeding with placenta previa?

Why is there bleeding with placenta previa?

Leaky vessels: Previa: Placenta overlies the cervix/birth canal. Gr 1 means placenta is close, Gr 4 means it's directly overlying/blocking the baby's exit -- high chance of preterm labor & bleeding; you'd need a C/S at 36-37wks. More common in woman w/ hx of C/S & smoking. Not much you can do but wait. If dx'ed early, the uterus still grows/stretches and a placenta can migrate away even in 3rd tri. Follow w/ US. ...Read more

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I have placenta previa but can I still do anal?

I have placenta previa but can I still do anal?

No: When you have placenta previa you should avoid all intercourse as it can still impact the uterus. ...Read more

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How to treat placenta previa marginalis grade 1?

How to treat placenta previa marginalis grade 1?

No treatment: Have to see if it resolves, if it does not then u will need a csection cannot deliver vaginally if u have that please discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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Could placenta previa lead to placenta percreta?

PP can be percreta: A placenta prévia can invade the uterine and cervical tissues and be associated with a placenta increta and placenta percreta. ...Read more

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How long does bleeding with placenta previa last?

Varies: Placenta previa is a condition in which the placenta implants directly over the cervix and blocks the birth canal. For this reason, women with placenta previa require a c-section. Since the placenta is exposed more, it is more prone to bleeding as well. Bleeding ranges from continuous or occasional spotting to torrential hemorrhage that could threaten the lives of both mother and baby. ...Read more

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Why is the bleeding painless from placenta previa?

Why is the bleeding painless from placenta previa?

No contractions.: Because the bleeding does not involve the contractile part of the uterus, only the placenta over the cervix. The placenta is devoid of innervation, therefore the mother does not experience pain in bleeding previa unless preterm labor is also present. ...Read more

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Does smoking increase the risk for placenta previa?

Yes: Previa: Placenta overlies the cervix/birth canal. Gr 1 means placenta is close, Gr 4 means it's directly overlying/blocking the baby's exit -- high chance of preterm labor & bleeding; you'd need a C/S at 36-37wks. More common in woman w/ hx of C/S & smoking. Not much you can do but wait. If dx'ed early, the uterus still grows/stretches and a placenta can migrate away even in 3rd tri. Follow w/ US. ...Read more

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If I have placenta previa, when am I most likely to bleed?

If I have placenta previa, when am I most likely to bleed?

Third trimester.: Most cases of placenta previa wither resolve or start bleeding by the third trimester (>28 weeks). Avoid all ssris, aspirin-like drugs (nsaids, motrin, aleve, advil) and only take regular tylenol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy. Avoid intercourse and heavy lifting/exercise until delivery or resolution of your placenta previa. Serial ultrasounds with an experienced maternal-fetal medicine specialist are warranted! ...Read more

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Have marginal placenta previa is orgasim ok? Dr siad no sex.

Have marginal placenta previa is orgasim ok? Dr siad no sex.

Best to listen to: Your doctor and not have sex for the safety of you and the baby. ...Read more

Placenta (Definition)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via ...Read more


Cervix (Definition)

The uterine cervix is the opening of the ...Read more