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I have had some bleeding and have been told that the placenta is low-lying. Is the blood from me or the baby?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Probably maternal

Blood that comes out through the vagina in cases of a low placenta is typically from the mother. However, bleeding does need to be reported to an OB provider. If there are contractions and bleeding, even from a normally placed placenta, a woman should call the doctor and prepare to go to labor and delivery immediately.
A test sometimes done there can tell if the blood is fetal or maternal.

In brief: Probably maternal

Blood that comes out through the vagina in cases of a low placenta is typically from the mother. However, bleeding does need to be reported to an OB provider. If there are contractions and bleeding, even from a normally placed placenta, a woman should call the doctor and prepare to go to labor and delivery immediately.
A test sometimes done there can tell if the blood is fetal or maternal.
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