What's the difference between partial placenta previa and placenta previa?

Distance form cervix. 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.
Previa. Complete pre via means that the entire cervix is covered by the placenta. Partial means, only a portion of the cervix is covered. Either could result in bleeding complications while pregnant. The placenta can be low like this early in pregnancy but resolve by term. Ultrasound will confirm.

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How possible is it for partial placenta previa to correct itself after 20 weeks?

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...

Can you tell me about marginal/partial placenta previa and cn it resolve before your due date?

Yes. Marginal/partial placenta previa is when the placenta comes to the edge of the cervix and maybe even covers a small part of the cervix. Not uncommon on early ultrasounds. As the pregnancy progresses, there is a good chance that this will resolve. If it is still present as you get farther into the 3rd trimester, then it becomes less likely that it will resolve, and a csection may be necessary. Read more...

How likely is placenta acretta when diagnosed with partial placenta previa at 14 weeks and had a c-section with my 1st pregnancy?

Depends. Depends on wether the placenta is anterior . . . On the side toward the scar . . . Or posterior. If anterior, the risk of accreta is about 5%. If posterior the risk will be less. Read more...

Safe to fly? 23 weeks pregnant with 2cm partial placenta previa. No bleeding, cramping or anything. Otherwise, pregnancy has gone very well.

Obgyn clearance. It would not be appropriate for Healthtap doctors to advise about travel on specific individual cases. That decision will need to be made by your treating physician. Contact them to go over your case and they can make an individualized recommendation. Read more...