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Hi Girls!

I had a c-section with my daughter 8 1/2 months ago and now I am 3 months pregnant. And I absolutely do not want another c-section. The reason I had to have a c-section is because after being induced and 22 hours of labor, I only dialated to 7. Personally, I think I could've delivered naturally but whatever. My daugther did weigh 9 lbs but her head and shoulders were tiny.

So my kids will be 14-15 months apart, depending on when I deliver this once.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else on this board was told they have a low-lying placenta. Apparently I do and I've had bleeding off and on this pregnancy. My doctor said that 90% of low lying placentas move up by the 20wk scan but I'm so scared mine won't and then that'll mean another c-section. Urgh.

I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone on this board!

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Joined: 12/29/03
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Congrats on your pregnancy! Blum 3 The low-lying placenta is nothing to worry about at this point, and it's actually nothing to worry about at all. That's one of those things that happens, or it doesn't, and there's nothing you can do one way or the other. So just put that worry out of your mind; if it's something to deal with later, you deal. I know, easier said than done! But there is one thing to be aware of, and I'm only mentioning this because you said you've had bleeding, which indicates the placenta is very near the cervix at this time. It's called vasa previa, and it's where the blood vessels that feed the placenta are too near the cervix. The only way to diagnose vasa previa is with a vaginal ultrasound using color Doppler. Ask for that to be done at your 20-week ultrasound regardless of where they say the placenta is. Even if the placenta moves away from the cervix, those blood vessels may not. Again, it's not something to worry about since you can't do anything about it, but just be aware of it and ask your doc to order a color Doppler to check for it.

There's nothing about your pregnancies being close together that should preclude VBAC. The greatest risks are preterm labor (sometimes caused when the uterus hasn't healed properly) and placenta issues. If you make it to term without the placenta causing any problems, then your body should be able to push that baby out. Good luck, and I hope that placenta cooperates with your VBAC plans!

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Joined: 08/11/07
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I have heard of several people who had a low lying placenta and then it moved quite a bit. Congratulations, and I hope you get to proceed exactly as you had planned!

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