My weight is down, but so is my placenta...

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clio's picture
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My weight is down, but so is my placenta...

So, just got back from the OB and we learned the results of the anatomy scan. But first, I'm down by 4 pounds! Yay! I started out heavy, so I'm not one of those who need to gain the weight. I was up by 6 at the last appointment a month ago, and now I'm down by 4, making it a grand total of 2! (I've really cleaned up my eating habits and upped my activity level since first trimester, so I'm feeling quite proud. I was aiming for minimal weight gain, though. Never thought I'd lose!)

Okay, back to the scan results. Baby looked great and my second trimester blood work came back with no problems, so I'm really happy about that. But, my placenta is covering my cervix, though only slightly. By millimetres, the doc said. I know that it often rises during third trimester, so I'm not too worried. Anyone else go through this?

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Sounds like a good appointment. I had a SIL that had the same thing at it moved by 30 weeks. You should be fine. Usually the only time it causes a problem is when there's a lot of it covering your cervix.

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Congrats on the slow weight gain. Teach me your ways! LOL

Glad everything looks good. I have no advice or opinion of the placenta though - not familiar with that.

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

Congrats on the slow weight gain. Teach me your ways! LOL

Ah grasshopper, I have been blessed by little to no appetite this pregnancy. And my other secret? Dark German Rye bread (which I believe makes you burn more calories trying to chew through it and digest it) and an Austrian version of cottage cheese that is really low in fat and high in protein. I thank my German parents daily for making me eat these bizarre things in childhood. I eat this at least twice a day and it fills me up. All natural peanut butter on German bread is my other staple.

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"kridda_88" wrote:

Sounds like a good appointment. I had a SIL that had the same thing at it moved by 30 weeks. You should be fine. Usually the only time it causes a problem is when there's a lot of it covering your cervix.

Thank you for telling me this! I know in my head that it should be okay, but it's nice to get real life confirmation.

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I had the same thing with my ds- they sent me for another u/s closer to the due date to make sure it moved- which it did. I wouldn't worry about for now.

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Yay for a good appointment. Way to go on the weight gain too!

For the placenta previa, did your doctor put you on pelvic rest? I have read in several books that it usually moves higher as the uterus grows so hopefully you will be in the clear come delivery time.

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**Lurk**

Eva - we had a couple of moms on the May 10 board with the same issue. Both resolved later in the pg without problems. I think it becomes difficult when the placenta is covering more than a few mil. I'm sure that yours will resolve with more time. Just be sure to communicate with your doctor about it.

Glad things are going well!!!

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This is actually very common and the only time I would be a teeny bit nervous would be if there appeared to be a complete previa. Even with a complete previa there is still lots of time.

What you have is called a marginal placenta, and I had that last time. It moved within 2 weeks! They are very common and my midwife was so unworried she didn't even feel I needed another ultrasound to rule it out.

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Thanks guys--that certainly puts my mind to rest!