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If abroad with a placenta previa, better to fly to us or stay in shanghai?

If abroad with a placenta previa, better to fly to us or stay in shanghai?

Depends: This depends on how far along you are in the pregnancy and the degree of placenta previa. Your OB would answer this better based on your history and exam. Read more

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Dr. Harinder Gill
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Placenta Blocks Cervix (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Wife is 19wks in preg. 1st kid. 17wks diagnosed w full placenta previa. What r d chances of placenta moving up? And can she fly a 2hr flight 27wks in?

Wife is 19wks in preg. 1st kid. 17wks diagnosed w full placenta previa. What r d chances of placenta moving up? And can she fly a 2hr flight 27wks in?

Discuss with OB.: Flying is ill advised during pregnancy with risk for serious bleeding as is the risk with placenta previa. It's a big risk, should anything happen, you won't be able to land in time to save you or the baby in the event of bleeding. Repeat US will help determine if the placenta changes position, but an abundance of caution is best in this case. 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?

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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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