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Do a lot of people get placenta previa?
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Allison Greco
General Practice
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
That is correct , however many of those are marginal or partial placenta previas - and most of them can be delivered vaginally. About 1 in 600 to 800 are complete placenta previas and require a cesarean delivery.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: No
Only about 1 in 250 pregnancies are complicated by a placenta previa.
A complete placenta previa would require a cesarean delivery, whereas a partial placenta previa or marginal placenta previa can often be managed conservatively with a trial of labor and result in a safe vaginal delivery.

In brief: No
Only about 1 in 250 pregnancies are complicated by a placenta previa.
A complete placenta previa would require a cesarean delivery, whereas a partial placenta previa or marginal placenta previa can often be managed conservatively with a trial of labor and result in a safe vaginal delivery.
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