Placenta previa

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Placenta previa

I found out yesterday that I have a complete placent previa. I'm kind of in shock and not sure really what to make of it. I've not had any other problems with my previous two pregnancy so I wasn't expecting anything this time. I am a c-section mama so I guess that is a good thing! My OB said not to worry, but then told me to make sure I call if I have any unusal pain, if I do have to go in to the hospital because of cramping I CAN NOT have my cevix checked because of dangers to injuring the placenta, have to have monthly ultrasounds....etc, etc, etc. Has anyone had to deal with this? What should I expect???? I am concerned because my job requires me to be on my feet all day and I do lift/transfer people nearly all day long. Thankfully my coworkers are great, but I still need to safely work with my pt's without hurting myself and the baby. I'm afraid to look up info on the internet because I know there is a lot of bad/incorrect information out there. Any advice would be great!

Thankfully baby looked great and was moving around like crazy. We didn't find out the gender per DH's request. I'm nearly 100% sure baby is a girl like my other 2 because I didn't see any boy parts on the ultrasound and I was REALLY looking!

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I've never had previa, but from what I do know is that most of the time they put you on pelvic rest, restrict lifting and increased time on your feet (partial bedrest) and you are much more likely to experience bleeding. I have not heard any women complain of pain with previa, but bleeding is much more common and can be a reason for concern. Did he discuss any restictions with you or the dangers with bleeding?
I'm sorry that you are dealing with this.

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I had a marginal previa with my pp. I was on pelvic rest and had boughts of bleeding. As long as there isn't pain with the bleeding, you should be fine unless the bleeding is severely heavy and you continue to soak through pads. You should always call if that makes you feel better though. HTH!

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Really all they told me was that I could experience bleeding especially with intercourse or too much activity. But I wasn't told anything about being on pelvic rest or restricted activity...I have a second ultrasound in 4 weeks, maybe then they will take further actions if it has not moved. Though I was told that because it was complete and with my history of 2 prior c sections it was less likely to move. I did some research on the Mayo Clinic's website and that is where I saw that pelvic rest and limited activity was recommended. I guess I will call my OB tomorrow!

Sorry about that first post was a complete and total rambling mess!!!

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Def pelvic rest. DH and I thought we would DTD a couple of times, and even being easy, I still bled. Quite a bit!

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I just told DH that until I see the doc June first that I should be on pelvic rest...being a man he is being overly dramatic. MEN!

I am going to call my OB in the morning and see if I can get more information from them. I wish I would have thought to ask more questions when I was at my appointment, but I was shocked and couldn't think of anything to ask.

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I have no experience with previa but hopefuly everything will turn out ok and it won't cause too many problems.

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"3xthefun" wrote:

I wish I would have thought to ask more questions when I was at my appointment, but I was shocked and couldn't think of anything to ask.

It's to be expected, I think. When you know nothing but what people have said about it and you don't know all the details, you can be shocked about things like this.

Def call and ask more questions and perhaps you need to make an appointment with your boss to discuss the information and that there is a strong possibility that you will eventually put on restrictions like lifting and stuff. It's better that your work be prepared just IN CASE.

I have no experience what so ever with placenta previa, but I did have irritable uterus with my last pregnancy and had to stop working at only 12 weeks due to contractions, so I understand the dilemma of sacrificing work. However, my work was not a "career" like yours sounds to be, so I had no reservations about possible employment with them later.

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I'm surprised your dr didn't automatically put you on pelvic rest, doing a cervix check is probably not as bad as the cervix being hit over and over.

There is a nice little thought to go with previa: it means you have a miracle baby b/c it attached to your uterus at the very very very last moment before being expelled.

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Thanks for the support ladies. I called my OB today, but called later in the day and did not hear back. I did talk to my reginal director about the previa and they said they will do what is needed to keep me and the baby safe. I work at a nursing home as an Occupational Therapist so light duty isn't really an option because I doubt they will pay me to file papers. I absolutely wouldn't fight it if I needed to stop working, but it would be very difficult for my family. So the longer I can work the better! I'm just going to take it easy until I can get a hold of the doc on Monday! Thanks again ladies Smile

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Np hon! I just hope that you can get some answers from your OB to help put your mind at ease!

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I have a partial previa right now too, though not anywhere near complete like yours. My midwife put me on pelvic rest right away to be safe, so I`m definitely thinking you should be too! She also told me to try and take it easy - rest and get off your feet whenever you have a chance, even if it's for 5 minutes. And no high intensity or high impact exercise - I've been told absolutely no running or jumping.
The good thing about where you work is that you're around medical personnel, so if anything bad were to happen you'd have people to help you right away!
Good luck to us both!

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