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Views: 34241 Description: So Shelly, you asked a question about a low-lying placenta, and that has everything to do with a placenta previa. And it looks like you're wondering why your doctor wasn't concerned at about 20 weeks when you had your ultrasound. So a placenta previa is where the placenta attaches right over the cervix and that can cause issues. If it's still that way once it's time for you to deliver then a C-section is necessary. But during your first routine ultrasound, they'll check for this and see where the placenta is located in relation to the cervix.
So if you can see on this balloon, here you have the cervix and the placenta. And at 20 weeks when the uterus isn't very big, it looks like it's really close either on or near the cervix. However, let me show you what happens as your uterus grows. [Blowing up balloon.] Now you can see that the placenta is still low on the uterus, it's not attached up higher. But in relation to the cervix, it's not on or near it. So it's not technically a placenta previa. Only about 4 in 1000 placenta previas never resolve and actually end up causing complications. The complications that might arise are vaginal bleeding, and it can vary from spotting to heavy bleeding, and it does increase mom's chances of needing to have a blood transfusion because of this. And like I mentioned earlier, you will need a C-section if the placenta previa has not resolved.
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Username: IntermountainMoms Added On: 2011 November 05