Placenta Previa.. (current pg.)

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Placenta Previa.. (current pg.)

Has anyone ever had this?
Oh, in case you all don't know (because I haven't posted it on fb), I am 14wks pregnant, due Nov 25th!! This pregnancy has been un-eventful so far, just major nausea, sickness, etc. 7wks of diclectin, and I almost feel normal finally! Anyways.... my midwife just told me yesterday at my 14wk appointment that my ultrasound 2 weeks ago came back showing I have placenta previa. Thankfully it is only marginal, meaning the placenta is only partially covering my cervix, not fully. Phew! But.. since I have had 3 miscarriages in the past and am prone to UTI's and kidney stones while pregnant, I am now considered "high risk", and have to take it easy. The next 6-14wks are the most critical. I have my big u/s that I will be booking first week of July, but I have to go to the hospital to have a special u/s done to check my cervix. If I have any bleeding, I have to go to the hospital immediately, will be admitted, and then put on strict bed rest the remainder of the pregnancy. How that is possible with a 2yr old and 4yr old is beyond me, but I will do whatever it takes to keep baby healthy and safe! Oh, and my midwife also said no intercourse for the next 6wks.. poor dh! LOL... anyways, we still have not announced this pregnancy on facebook, nor will we be until my 20wk u/s is done with, to make sure everything is okay. Our family/close friends know we are expecting, but at this point I just don't feel comfortable posting about it on facebook. Just needed to write this out somewhere, so thanks for listening!
If anyone has had this, or has this with this pg, please share any words of advise!

ChristaM's picture
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Julie: I've never experienced a placenta previa, but wanted to send hugs and let you know I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Joined: 08/29/08
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Glad you found out about it so early on so you can take it easy and minimize your risks! I wish you all the best. Good luck!

wishing4agirl's picture
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I never experienced it, but I know lots of ladies here on the boards have. I know it happens not sure how often. I'm sorry you have to go through this though. I'm glad they found it and are monitoring you too. I'm also glad you came and shared. Smile :bigarmhug:

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I've never had it, but I have heard of it. I hope you're alright. Hopefully you noticed it early enough that you can take care of it...

p.s. I'm pregnant again too! due Dec. 3rd!! We're close together!! woo. haha

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Congrats on the pregnancy! That is exciting news! I had a friend that have placenta previa with one of her pregnancy and ended up having a c-section. She and the baby were perfectly fine. I am glad they caught it early and are monitoring you closely, it sounds like you are in good hands.

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Congrats Julie, what amazing news! I had two friends IRL that had PP and both had it move before they delivered. I think it is very common for it to move but obviously not for everyone. Good luck with taking it easy. I have no idea how I would do it either with two but I'm sure you'll get through it.

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Awesome news, Julie! Congratulations!

While I have never had a previa myself, my understanding is that many previa's, especially partial previa's, tend to move away from the cervix as the uterus grows. It is kind of misleading to say it "moves" since the placenta itself does not change where it is attached to the uterus, but as the uterus gets bigger and taller, the placenta gets pulled up and away from the cervix. I think of it like if you took a sticker and put it right inside the opening of the balloon. As you blow it up, the sticker moves away from the opening. This is why many women who have previa's in early pregnancy go on to have normal pregnancies and deliveries.

I hope everything goes well for you and congratulations again!

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Your thread title caught my eye and I wanted to share my experience. I had a full previa with DD diagnosed/caught at 20 week u/s. I was told "no lifting, take it easy, watch for bleeding, no DTD" etc. and was set-up with a follow-up u/s. Went in for the 24 week u/s and the previa had totally moved! I ended up with a NCB and had no issues whatsoever. I hope your previa also moves!!

From my research, many previa's dianosed prior to 20 weeks move away from the cervix and go on to have no complications with the pregnancy. I believe it was over 80% of women who have a previa of some kind don't later in the pregnancy. Your MW will monitor you closely and will do u/s often until they see it clear up.

If by chance the previa does not clear up you will have to have a c-section, probably early (around 37ish weeks) because if you went into labor with a previa you could have major blood loss. I'm pretty sure with just a marginal previa at 14 weeks your's will clear up before you get to that point though! Keep in mind that most previa's clear up between 20 and 30 weeks though since that's the period where the most growth in the uterus occurs.

Good luck! Take it easy, try not to lift your 4 and 2 year old (I know, so hard!) :bigarmhug: