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My mother has developed placenta previa. What is it exactly?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Placenta previa

The placenta is the organ that supports the fetus during pregnancy providing nourishment and oxygen, the placenta grows during pregnancy and can cover the opening of the uterus, called the cervix.
When the placenta covers the cervix, or comes first, its call a placenta previa. A safe vaginal delivery of the fetus isn't possible with a placenta previa. Delivery is usually by cesarean section.

In brief: Placenta previa

The placenta is the organ that supports the fetus during pregnancy providing nourishment and oxygen, the placenta grows during pregnancy and can cover the opening of the uterus, called the cervix.
When the placenta covers the cervix, or comes first, its call a placenta previa. A safe vaginal delivery of the fetus isn't possible with a placenta previa. Delivery is usually by cesarean section.
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