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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...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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Anterior placenta previa with placental lake seen at 28w ultrasound, 2 D&Cs & no c-section hx. Any risk of placenta accreta? Best time to deliver?

Placenta Previa: Placenta previa occurs when the placenta is covering the opening of the cervix. Vaginal delivery is possible in mild cases of previa. Placenta accreta is a different condition where the placenta gets "stuck" to the uterus. While the risk of accreta increases when you have previa, that risk is low if you have never had a c-section before. Follow-up with your obstetrician regarding delivery dates. ...Read more

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Transvaginal sonogram safe if placenta previa?

Transvaginal sonogram safe if placenta previa?

Yes.: A transvaginal sonogram is typically the best way to diagnose placenta previa. The exam should be gentle and fairly fast. There may be some spotting after the exam. But, it is considered safe. ...Read more

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Have placenta previa and a UTI and have bloody show and lower belly pain is this normal?

Have placenta previa and a UTI and have bloody show and lower belly pain is this normal?

Not normal: You need to be seen asap by your ob/gyn doctor. Call them and consult on phone or go to er. If you have placenta previa and are bleeding this could turn very severe very quickly. Go now. ...Read more

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Dr's ultrasound at office told me i had complete placenta previa. 3 others done at hospital said only anterior placenta.Is dr's ultrasound tech wrong?

Dr's ultrasound at office told me i had complete placenta previa. 3 others done at hospital said only anterior placenta.Is dr's ultrasound tech wrong?

Not necessarily: It's possible that you had a placenta previa early in pregnancy (this is common). As the uterus grows during the course of pregnancy, the placenta is "pulled" up and typically migrates away from the cervix. ...Read more

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Why is there bleeding with placenta previa?

Why is there bleeding with  placenta previa?

Leaky vessels: 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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Could placenta previa lead to placenta percreta?

Could placenta previa lead to placenta percreta?

PP can be percreta: A placenta prévia can invade the uterine and cervical tissues and be associated with a placenta increta and placenta percreta. ...Read more

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Why is the bleeding painless from placenta previa?

Why is the bleeding painless from placenta previa?

No contractions.: Because the bleeding does not involve the contractile part of the uterus, only the placenta over the cervix. The placenta is devoid of innervation, therefore the mother does not experience pain in bleeding previa unless preterm labor is also present. ...Read more

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Can you deliver vaginally if placenta previa corrects itself?C

Can you deliver vaginally if placenta previa corrects itself?C

Yes it is possible: If it corrects itself completely you should be able to deliver vaginally. Check with your ob. ...Read more

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I have complete placenta previa at 33weeks and sufering from constipation?

I have complete placenta previa at 33weeks and sufering from constipation?

Take colace (docusate sodium).: Straining for defecation, heavy lifting, sexual intercourse can all trigger catastrophic bleeding in cases of placenta previa. Take colace (docusate sodium) regularly (100 mg 2-3 times daily) to avoid constipation, drink plenty of water, avoid all exercise or intercourse. Stay close to your maternity hospital and go to the er via ambulance as soon as you experience any vaginal bleeding. ...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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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?

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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How does placenta previa cause preterm delivery?

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

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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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Placenta previa is a must have c section, is this true?

Yes: In almost all cases, some cases though with partial type or just the tip of placenta reaching the cervix and go into labor proceed without that horrendous bleeding, very rare, in these days with all the advances in diagnostics, medications, anesthesia and surgery, no one would take chances, for the safety of the mother and baby , ...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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How can I cope with placenta previa when not at the doctor?

How can I cope with placenta previa when not at the doctor?

No way: You have to have a licensed OB doctor. It can be life-threatening to you and your baby not having prenatal care with such condition. You can literally bleed to death. Or your baby would be suffering from not getting enough blood and be delivered dead. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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