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Can Placenta Previa Cause Birth Defects
Previa: Can be dangerous. You need obstetrician with experience and well equipped hospital for delivery. ...Read more
I had placenta previa with my 2nd baby its been 18 months since the birth im now useing implanon for contreception. My period. Blood smells bad?
Bacterial vaginosis: Vaginal odor would be unrelated to your delivery 18 months ago and unrelated to implanon. This sounds like infection and most likely bacterial vaginosis. Blood tends to make the odor worse with this infection. Treatment is antibiotics so you will need to see your obgyn for testing and confirmation. ...Read more
Placenta previa: Usually bleeding associated with placenta previa is painless. Rarely, if there is separation of placenta and blood is collected retroplacentally, it can be painful. ...Read more
Can marginal placenta previa cause placental abruption? What are the statistics on marginal previa moving after 20 weeks?
Cervix and placenta:
Will move apart
as a balloon expands, (uterus), points on the balloon move apart, this will likely occur as the uterus grows, if no bleeding, little risk of harm. Ask your doctor to be sure.
Previa can create a type of partial abruption, along the edge of the attachment. ...Read more
Bleeding and Cntrxns: 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
Can placenta previa (abrupto @34wk but wasn't seen til 36w) cause postpartum issues? Excessive irregular bleeding, pelvic sensitivity? I am 7month pp
With anterior complete placenta previa and 2 bleeds (1 warning, 1 massive) what are the chances of the placenta shifting with the uterus after 24wks? And possible cause of constant dull aches and jolts in pelvis area. Also have short CX
MFM evaluation: Consider asking for a referral to a maternal fetal medicine specialist. Your situation sounds quite high risk especially when you use phrases like massive bleeding. Your doctor may want to consider keeping you in the hospital now that the baby has reached viability. The chances of previa resolution will vary depending on the exact location and will vary from person to person ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
May be both: A previa is usually painless bleeding when the cervix is changing (dilating) causing bleeding from torn vessels being sheared off. It is a type of abruption although any bleeding from a detaching placenta is strictly called an abruption. These are usually away from the cervix and can be associated with cramping, pain, or heavy bleeding. If you have a previa, let your doc know if you bleed. ...Read more
Yes, possible!: 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
No! A placenta previa can be dangerous and result in heavy bleeding. Anything that could disturb the previa should be avoided, like sex, fingers, really anything in the vagina. A previa can resolve over many weeks, so make sure your doctor is checking to see if it is still there. Until then, I would wait.
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Hi I have complete placenta previa and am cramping only on the right side of my abdomen. Is this normal?
Call your obstetrician: Any persistent cramping you are having with placenta previa should be reported immediately to your obstetrician. The cramping could or could not be normal but only your obstetrician should make this determination. You should call your obstetrician now and discuss it with this M.D. If you should be asked to come in you should go immediately. ...Read more
I had my baby by c section 8 weeks ago, I had placenta previa and lost alot of blood. 2 weeks ago I started having brownish discharge. Is it normal?
Yes: This is normal. Brownish discharge is "old" blood from your uterine lining. You can have this type discharge for up to a month ...Read more
I was diagnosed with placenta previa at 20 weeks and was told no sex, I am now 27 weeks. Can my husband put in just the tip or rub around my vagina?
Placenta previa: I would abstain from anything in the vagina. The concern is any possible pressure on the cervix could cause an emergency situation. Find other ways for sexual release. ...Read more
I had a 2nd csection 10 weeks ago (previous was 2 years ago). During surgery they found I had placenta previa & had to cut through the placenta. i h?
What is the question: I do not know what your situation was, but almost always placenta previa should be diagnosed before you had the csection by an ultrasound, all of my pts get at least 4 ultrasounds, the last one being 34-36 weeks which also checks the location of the placenta, because if u had a previous csection a placenta previa can often cause a placenat accreta which can cause big problems, glad u did ok. ...Read more
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
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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