Placenta previa questions???

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Registered: 10-02-2003
Placenta previa questions???
Thu, 04-01-2004 - 9:50am
Hi ladies. I am from the June '04 board, and I had posted this question over there, but wondered if any of you might also be able to help:

Ok - at my 20+ week ultrasound, they found that my placenta was "low-lying" - not full placental previa, but pretty close to the opening. I saw the doctor immediately after my ultrasound (it's in the same office) - so he explained the problem with a vaginal delivery when the placenta is so close to where the baby has to squeeze out, but that 9 times out of 10 it moves up and out of the way as the uterus grows.

So, I got scheduled for a follow-up ultrasound at 28 weeks, and I had that today, but according to the US Tech's notes, my placenta is still low-lying and only 1.7 cm from the cervical os (the opening). BUT, I don't see the doctor (and hear what he has to say) until my appointment on the 12th. Less than 2 cm seems SO close - and I feel like the doc is going to give me the option to just go ahead and schedule a c-section.

If the placenta hasn't moved away in the last 8 weeks, what are the chances it'll move enough out of the way between now and when I start labor?

Has anyone had a similar circumstance? Or have any advice? Thanks.

Thanks so much. MTT & the wee bald Walker

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Registered: 08-25-2003
Thu, 04-01-2004 - 10:12am

Hi There and welcome to our board.

I had the same issue as you with #1, but my placenta had moved by the time I had my follow-up u/s at 32 weeks. (Obviously, since I am here, I ended up have a c/s for another, unplanned reason, anyway.) From what I remember being told back then, less than 2 cm does seem very close. It is dangerous to both mom and baby to try a vaginal delivery if placenta is in the way.

However, I was told not to have my follow-up u/s until after 30 weeks because movement can still happen up to that point. I wonder if there is still chance for movement in the next few weeks? I can imagine that it would be very difficult to have to wait another 2 weeks to see your doctor. I wonder if you could get an earlier appointment or talk to someone from you clinic on the phone?

If you do end up needing a c/s, please know that there are many of us who have had poisitve experiences with it. You can get most of your c/s questions answered here, along with a good dose of support to help you with the fears and worries that we all have. I am due in June also. I do not spend much time at the EC because I feel so many of the questions are not as relevant to me, being the 2nd time at this and having a c/s. Good luck to you!

Shelly (29) and DH (30)
DS (via c/s) 4/8/02 & dd EDD 6/16/04

Shelly (30) and DH (31) DS 4/8/02 & DD 6/7/04