Anterior Placenta

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Anterior Placenta

I know what it means in terms of position of placenta, but that's about it. The OB said it won't affect a VBAC or csection. Anyone have one or had one before? Anything I should know besides its harder to feel the baby move?

I was reading the Spinning Babies site and they are listing ways to do inversions and stuff. Is that necessary?

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I had an anterior placenta with Nicholas and it was hard to feel him kicking from the outside until about 28 weeks. Other than that he was faced OP (sunny side up) when I was in labor but turned naturally as he headed down the birth canal. It's a lot harder to push when they are OP but Nick had turned before I was pushing.

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Thanks Angela. Deacon was sunnyside up too and the OB flipped him as I pushed. OWWWW!

This LO is sunnyside up and head down right now.

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I thought they only did inversion if baby was breached? That doesn't have anything to do with the placenta. I don't have any experience so I am not much help.

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Mine both have anterior placentas and I didn't feel kicks until 21 weeks and really strong kicks until this week. I will probably be having a c-section but haven't heard yet about how or if the placental position will affect things so I'll be interested in hearing the experiences, too.

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My OB was very clear about it not affecting delivery - csection or VBAC. So that was really good to hear.

I was thinking I may not feel many kicks at all but just read something that said I should enjoy it now because my time is coming. LOL So maybe this buffer is a good thing.

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As hard as my little one kicks me sometimes, I would say a buffer IS a good thing. Wink

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Hmm, I have a posterior placenta. Does anyone know if that will affect labour in some way? I know that I felt movement really early, and I see it on my belly pretty clearly too at times.

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The sonographer told me my placenta is anterior as well. He said the only time to worry is if it covers the cervix. I just read somewhere that the placenta can migrate? Anyone know if that's true?

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I have an anterior placenta this time too. I was pretty sure that was the case even before my u/s, because I'm feeling kicks only deep inside, internally, and not in the front of my belly, if that makes any sense. And I'm feeling a lot less movement than with my other 2 kids. I was nervous about it, but the u/s tech was giggling at how much the baby was moving when she was trying to measure, and I didn't feel a thing! So I'm reassured knowing there is a lot more activity in there than I can feel.

Anyway, I have heard that babies like to face their placenta. So that would mean an anterior placenta could give you a posterior baby. Not much fun for labour, but it wouldn't necessarily cause any complications for either vag birth or csection. I was told I had an anterior placenta with my DD, and she was never posterior. On the other hand, I had a posterior placenta with my DS, and he kept trying to turn posterior - I think we avoided that with regular chiro visits in the last trimester.

So I personally won't be worrying too much about baby positioning, at least not yet. But I will be checking out the spinning babies website and starting regular chiro visits as well just to be a little proactive and hopefully avoiding a malpositioned baby.

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Lurker- With DD I had anterior placenta, and she stayed in OP position from 18 weeks on. No matter what I did she wouldn't move. One thing I read is with anterior placenta (since you're more at risk for posterior baby) is to make sure you are sitting straight when you sit in a cushy seat like a couch or recliner. Reclining backwards encourages the baby to stay in OP positioning.

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".hilary." wrote:

Hmm, I have a posterior placenta. Does anyone know if that will affect labour in some way? I know that I felt movement really early, and I see it on my belly pretty clearly too at times.

I think posterior is how the placenta generally attaches. Although it seems we have an abundance of anterior ones...lol

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Honestly, I've never asked them how my placenta is lying in there (and I don't think they've ever told me!). I guess they didn't feel the need to give me that info if there was no problem lol...

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I have an anterior placenta too!!! I must say it makes this pregnancy feel 100% different from my first. I feel the kicks now, but no one else can see them very well on the outside. I also feel a lot more "wiggling" than kicks. With DS it all felt like kicking.

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With my DD, I had an anterior placenta. Definitely made feeling her harder, even at 30+ weeks. I think the deal with the version is that if your baby is breech, an anterior placenta is not a favorable condition. Since the dr. would be manipulating your belly right by the placenta, it increases the chance of the chance of things like abruption.

I've also heard an anterior placenta can increase the chance of an OP baby -- but that wasn't the case for me. DS was OP, but his placenta was posterior. DD, with her anterior placenta, was in a good position and birthed really fast! So, I think the possibility of baby being OP is something to be aware of, but not something to worry about.

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add me to the anterior placenta crowd!!! baby was face up today for my ultrasound. I didn't realize that baby's like to face the placenta. Oh man I don't wanna deliver a sunny side up baby naturally :eek: I really really really really really hope he rotates for the labor.

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Looks like we're putting together Team Anterior Placenta, and I've joined it, too. Smile

Like others have mentioned, no one seemed too worried about it-- it explained why I wasn't feeling solid movement as early as with DS1, and as long as it wasn't covering the cervix, the u/s tech didn't seem to care where it was. Blum 3 But I'm enjoying the thread and the benefit of others' experiences and it's good to have some questions for my next appt.

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Count me in on team Anterior Placenta as well. I was also told it wouldn't cause any complications and that I would likely feel baby move later on. But I've felt kicks and movement for about 4 weeks now if not more, and we've been able to clearly see the kicks on the outside for at least 2 weeks so I am not sure that it really changed anything. Baby was face up during the 19 week ultrasound and lying transverse facing forward during our ultrasound this week.

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Anterior placenta does not cause problems with the baby or the pregnancy. The trouble you run into is during labor. Babies face the placenta because they are attached to it. Babies aren't supposed to be born facing mom's front, they should be facing the spine. It's much more painful to deliver a 'sunny side up' baby because it causes back labor and its harder to get the babys head out and under you pubic bone. Some babies will rotate normally for delivery, but some don't. It really won't matter if you plan on an epidural because you won't feel it. I'm definitely a bit frightened by the baby not rotating because I'd really like a natural birth. I will definitely be asking what percent of babies rotate to a normal position during labor despite an anterior placenta! Normal labor hurts enough as it is... I'm nervous to deliver a face up baby!