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My ob says that having posterior marginal placenta previa is good news rather than it being anterior.. Is that true ?

My ob says that having posterior marginal placenta previa is good news  rather than it being anterior.. Is that true ?

Yes : Placenta previa is never good news, but the cesarean delivery is easier if we don't need to deliver through the placenta. An anterior placenta previa for someone with a previous cesarean section can be a very difficult delivery. You will want to recheck the placenta position closer to term if this was seen on an early sonogram. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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UTZ report at uau19 wks 5 days shows fetus in transverse position,placenta posterior grade 2,previa totalis.will this improve? or cs is the option

UTZ report at uau19 wks 5 days shows fetus in transverse position,placenta posterior grade 2,previa totalis.will this improve? or cs is the option

Likely to improve: placenta previa diagnosed in second trimester most often resolves by 3rd trimester. Usually by that time, the fetus is head down and vaginal delivery is an option. Follow closely with ultrasounds this pregnancy to help guide your decision. Unlikely but if the placenta previa persists, then a csection is needed ...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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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 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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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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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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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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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

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