by Anai Rhoads
This potentially life threatening situation occurs when the placenta grows over part of the cervix. When this happens, a c-section is most often required.
Painless bleeding is often an early warning sign of placenta previa. (Note: Any bleeding should be looked into by your doctor right away).
There are a variety of reasons why the placenta ceases to provide adequate nutrition and oxygen to the fetus. Some known causes are:
- Poor circulation to the uterus
- Infection attacking the placenta
- Blood clots
Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.
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