What are the dangers of placenta previa?


Asked by oggie128 at 12:23 PM on Oct. 9, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Depends on how far along you are, how active you are, whether or not you're obeying any restrictions your doctor has put on you, and what percentage the placenta is covering the cervix.

    Answer by KLBrown at 12:28 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Not really.. It is kind of common. Just keep regular visits to the Dr. and he will inform you of what is going on. I had it, but I had two C-sections so I wasn't too concerned.

    Answer by pupmom at 12:29 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Well, here is the thing with Placenta Previa. It means the placenta is covering the cervix, and they didn't used to diagnosis it until you were due. So my first reaction was hell yeah it is dangerous. Then i remembered that with ultrasound these stupid doctors are diagnosing it at 20 weeks. Well if you are 20 weeks it means NOTHING. It shouldn't even be considered placenta previa and should not be "diagnosed" it is just a low lying placenta in mid pregnancy and reason for a follow up u/s at 36-38 weeks. But if you are due it is a big deal and if it is fulling covering the cervix, it means a c-section.  It is still a big deal even if you were planning to have a c-section because it make the doctor's job more complicated and the surgery more risky.


    Answer by older_mom at 12:44 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • I had a previa with my youngest. It is usually only a danger during delivery. Some women get preterm labor from it and have to go on bed rest but that's pretty rare. In about 75% of cases, the placenta migrates out of the way before birth and you can still birth vaginally. If it is still covering the cervix at the end, you will have to have a c-section. Mine did move out of the way.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 12:58 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

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