Low Placenta During Pregnancy : Placenta Previa

Low Placenta During Pregnancy
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What Does A Low Placenta Mean

A low placenta during pregnancy is called placenta previa. In normal pregnancies the placenta forms on the inside wall of the uterus away from the cervix, giving the baby food and oxygen from the mother. However, in some cases the placenta is too low and covers part of or all of the cervix.

Low Placenta During Pregnancy
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What Causes A Low Placenta During Pregnancy

No one knows for sure what causes a low placenta during pregnancy to occur but smoking and using drugs increase your risks of placenta previa. Also past C-sections, 5 or more pregnancies, an expecting mother older than 35, and a history of a low placenta during pregnancy can increase your risks of having one.

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How Do You Know If You Have A Low Placenta

During your second trimester you normally have a routine ultrasound. This is when most cases of a low placenta during pregnancy are found. During the early days of pregnancy it's not too big of a deal to have a low placenta because in most cases it will move up on it's own. You will be scheduled for another ultrasound in your third trimester to check the position of your placenta at that time.

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Low Placenta During Pregnancy

If it has not moved up on it's own a low placenta during pregnancy can cause extreme bleeding and put you and your baby's life at risk. For this reason you will normally be put on pelvic rest. This means no sex or vaginal exams for the remainder of your pregnancy. Also it's best to avoid doing heavy lifting and extreme cleaning. Basically, you'll need to take it easy. And, normally you will have to deliver early, around 37 weeks if possible to wait that long, via a cesarean section.

Placenta previa only accounts for 1 in 200 deliveries so it's not very common and if you do have a low placenta during pregnancy please know that chances are that'll it work itself out.

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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas

Well written, and great information here, especially for the ladies. I've noticed that you're very knowledgeable when writing about female related topics and health. I'm sure that the women of this community appreciate your perspective. Voted up, rated useful, and interested.


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LisaMarie724 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA Author

Thanks Prospectboy, I write what I know :)


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LauraD093 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Very well constructed and written hub-I wasn't familiar with the condition now I feel as though I am.


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LisaMarie724 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA Author

Thanks Laura, it can be dangerous. I had it but my doctors thought it corrected itself...well it didn't. I starting bleeding before delivery and required multiple blood transfusions after birth. It is very possible for women and the baby to die.


Ruth Lanham 3 years ago

Great video and interesting hub.


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LisaMarie724 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA Author

Thanks Ruth!

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