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If a placenta has an extra lobe is it always connected to the main placenta? Is it possible it could be hidden and not seen at delivery (c-section)?

If a placenta has an extra lobe is it always connected to the main placenta? Is it possible it could be hidden and not seen at delivery (c-section)?

Sonogram: Accessory lobes will always be connected in some capacity. They are usually seen by sonogram. Yes they can be missed during delivery. It would be hard to miss during a c section as the doctor is able to physically look inside of the uterus fairly easily. ...Read more

Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


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Can an extra lobe attached to the main placenta harm my baby?

Can an extra lobe attached to the main placenta harm my baby?

No, but...: Paraplacentas (succenturiate lobes) are uncommon variations of normal placentation that should not affect fetal growth/development. Rarely, they can predispose to vasa previa - a condition that could prove lethal to the fetus if the fetal vessels between the two placental lobes happen to cross the internal cervical os and the water breaks or preterm labor occurs. Please seek mfm advice asap! ...Read more

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Is an extra lobed placenta easily detected during an ultrasound?

Is an extra lobed placenta easily detected during an ultrasound?

Not always: Accessory placental lobes are sometimes easy to see on ultrasound and sometimes not. It depends on the weight of the patient, the gestational age, the skill of the sonographer, the position of the placenta and the baby, the quality of the machine and many other factors. If concerned have your doctor do an ultrasound specifically looking for this. ...Read more

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Ultrasound has confirmed that I have multi lobed placenta, which is anterior and close to cervix. Is this vasa previa? 23 weeks pregnant

Ultrasound has confirmed that I have multi lobed placenta, which is anterior and close to cervix. Is this vasa previa? 23 weeks pregnant

No: Sounds like you may have a so called low lying placenta. This frequently is seen to change in appearance as the uterus enlarges and carries the placenta further from the region of the cervix. ...Read more

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What is a placenta?

What is a placenta?

Connects mom & baby: The placenta is the tissue that grows inside the uterus and connects to a developing baby. It is commonly known as "after birth.". ...Read more

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What causes a low lying placenta?

What causes a low lying placenta?

Random chance: The embryo implants on the uterine lining, and at that location the placenta starts to grow. Usually, it is on a portion of the uterus that will stretch and thin during pregnancy, and is nowhere near the internal cervical opening. However, sometimes the embryo implants very near the internal cervical opening, resulting in a low-lying placenta or even a placenta covering the opening, req. C-sec. ...Read more

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What is minor seperation in placenta ?

Placenta separation: How far along?Are you bleeding? Ask you doctor ,if it is a minor abruption and how much.If it is a abruption you may need to be monitored carefully that it does not increase signficantly because the placenta is the source of the fetus food and if it separates completely it is a medical emergency and the baby may not survive. Ask about bedrest, activity, high risk pregnancy ...Read more

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Must i worry if placenta is calcifying?

Must i worry if placenta is calcifying?

what did your OB say: That is not a good sign but depends on the severity, if you are at 37 weeks your OB can do an amnio and for lung maturity and get you delivered and if you are at least 39 weeks you should be induced the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks least chance for fetal problems if u are already past your due date i rec immediate delivery but call your OB and i assume u are also being followed by perinato. ...Read more

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What are conditions affecting the placenta?

What are conditions affecting the placenta?

Structural, function: Many problems involve abnormal location of the placenta (too low, too deep in uterine wall). Other less common ones are due to abnormal structure (eg, vessels from placenta unsupported by tissue, small or odd shape, tumors in the placenta). Some can develop in a normal placenta late in pregnancy (such as replacement of healthy tissue with fibrous tissue). Not all are detectable by ultrasound. ...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