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I have a marginal placenta previa at 20 weeks. My midwife recommends pelvic rest and no intercourse. Is masturbation okay?

I have a marginal placenta previa at 20 weeks. My midwife recommends pelvic rest and no intercourse. Is masturbation okay?

See answer: This is a question you should definitely discuss with your doctor and/or midwife who are most familiar with you and your condition. Masturbation and orgasm are associated with uterine contraction which potentially may put you and your baby at risk of bleeding or other complications. Always best to heed the advice of your personal healthcare providers who are most familiar with you. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Pelvic Rest (Definition)

If the placenta is near the cervix or is covering a portion of it, you may be placed on a modified schedule with bed rest. You will also be instructed on pelvic rest. This means nothing should be put into the vagina, including no ...Read more


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Can placenta previa be corrected with bed rest?

Can placenta previa be corrected with bed rest?

Not really.: If the diagnosis of placenta previa is made before 20 weeks, some women experience resolution of the morbid placental implantation with time - bedrest is not correcting the problem. As the uterus and the fetus grow, they pull on the placenta and stretch the lower uterine segment to "move" the placenta out of the way and allow for vaginal delivery at term. ...Read more

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If I have placenta previa, will I have bed rest?

If I have placenta previa, will I have bed rest?

Not necessarily.: Your OB may recommend abstinence from sex, exercise, heavy lifting and all nsaids/ssris. Bed rest has no proven benefit but is commonly recommended in cases of preterm labor, bleeding previa or both. ...Read more

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If I have placenta previa, will I be put on bed rest?

If I have placenta previa, will I be put on bed rest?

No: Placenta previa includes partial or complete coverage of the cervix by the placenta. Bedrest is not necessary unless there is vaginal bleeding or persistent preterm labor. If vaginal bleeding is experienced, you will often be evaluated in the hospital with ultrasound and eventually released home to bedrest for awhile. ...Read more

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Complete placenta previa when did you get put on bed rest?

Depends...: There is no hard and fast rule about having bed rest with placenta previa. It depends on your symptoms such as bleeding. Your ob/gyn will advise. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Question about pelvic rest. Why do I need to do it for low placenta?

Question about pelvic rest. Why do I need to do it for low placenta?

Bleeding: A low lying placenta means that it is near inside of your cervix. This can cause it bleed, so you need to have pelvic rest, and sometimes bed rest. ...Read more

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If the placenta (i have partial placenta previa) has not migrated by 24 weeks do you get to be put on bed rest? What are the precautions needed to take

If the placenta (i have partial placenta previa) has not migrated by 24 weeks do you get to be put on bed rest? What are the precautions needed to take

Varies: This will vary from doctor to doctor. I do not put patients on bedrest unless they have had bleeding. All patients should avoid intercourse. This is a great question to ask your doctor at your next appointment. ...Read more

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Have placenta previa and just had a pelvic exam with no bleeding can I have sex with my husband?

Have placenta previa and just had a pelvic exam with no bleeding can I have sex with my husband?

ABSOLUTELY NOT: Consider your vagina a "no fly zone" until your physician has told you that the placenta has "migrated" and you've been given the green light to resume sex. ...Read more

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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

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

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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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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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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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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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Does smoking increase the risk for placenta previa?

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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What congenital anomolies are associated with placenta previa?

What congenital anomolies are associated with placenta previa?

Nothing specific: In 3 deades of pediatrics and much of that dealing with birth defects, I know of no anomaly that is linked to placenta previa. The selection of an implantation site for the embryo and development of the placenta in a previa location appears to be random. ...Read more

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Is it abruptio or placenta previa that bleeds when placenta is low?

Is it abruptio or placenta previa that bleeds when placenta is low?

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

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Posteria placenta @9weeks- then placenta previa. @ 17 weeks? Will it move again?

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

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Can you have sex with a placenta previa?

Can you have sex with a placenta previa?

Be cautious: 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.

Good luck!

Dr S ...Read more

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Why does placenta previa cause cramping and bleeding?

Why does placenta previa cause cramping and bleeding?

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

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My mother has developed placenta previa. What is it exactly?

Placenta previa: The placenta is the organ that supports the fetus during pregnancy providing nourishment and oxygen, the placenta grows during pregnancy and can cover the opening of the uterus, called the cervix. When the placenta covers the cervix, or comes first, its call a placenta previa. A safe vaginal delivery of the fetus isn't possible with a placenta previa. Delivery is usually by cesarean section. ...Read more

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What is the ideal time for cesarean section in women with central placenta previa?

What is the ideal time for cesarean section in women with central placenta previa?

After fetal maturity: The ideal time is when the baby is lung mature and the MD is confident of your gestation age. ...Read more

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Difference between level 2 and 3 nicu? Should I deliver my baby at a level 3 if I have complete placenta previa?

Probably not: Many level 2 nicu function as a level 3 w/o the designation. Where you deliver depends on how far along you are when you deliver. Also very important is the experience of the hospital where you deliver in handling a complete previa. Talk to you doctor. ...Read more

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As my ultrasound result, it stated that im having a placenta previa totalis and myomauteri. What will I do? Is my unborn child be safe?

As my ultrasound result, it stated that im having a placenta previa totalis and myomauteri. What will I do? Is my unborn child be safe?

Yes: You willl have to be watched closely. If the placenta previa does not move your child will be born via csection. Hopefully your OB will discuss all this in detail with you. ...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?

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

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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


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