LOW LYING Placenta Not Previa

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cattac - October 29

Hey, I had my official dr ultrasound today to find my placenta is borderline low lying. Has anyone else had this? The tech said that the placenta is considered low lying if it's less than 2.0 cm away from the cervix. I just started my 19th week and the placenta is 1.91 cm from the cervix. Has anyone else had the low lying placenta or known anyone? Are there any limitations as to what you can and cannot do? My ultrasound was today but dr appt is not until next week so I did not see my dr today for any tips. Also what happens if my placenta does not move and it's still borderline come time to deliver? Is c-section necessary?


Brendansmom - October 29

My sil had the same problem. In most cases the placenta will move away from the cervix as your uterus expands. Unfortunately for her it didn't move far enough. And yes, if it's too close you will have to have a c-section. But don't worry yet, most of the time it does move. Good luck!


Tory1980 - October 29

I had a low lying placenta which eventually became placenta previa at 29weeks only for it to move up and I delivered him early at 34weeks. I was advised that I needed to abstain from s_x and to watch for any form of bleeding or spotting, cramping that doesn't ease or pain that feels different to the more 'normal' aches and pains of pregnancy - yeah I thought 'whats normal?' too since it was my first. If in doubt go and get checked. If it doesn't move up and away then there is the possibility of a c-section but it depends on if the babies head is below it or not and you will be carefully watched from now until delivering just in case. Usually as the uterus grows the placenta moves up and away from the cervix - as mine did. Did the tech say if the placenta was anterior (front wall of womb) or posterior (back wall of womb)?


BriannasMummy - October 29

I had a low lying placenta with my last little girl at my 20 week ultra sound. Its really nothing to worry about this early in the game. You have plenty of chance for it to move upwards as the uterus expands. All my doctor did was keep a good eye on it. It did move up.. it was anterior.. but at least it wasnt near my cervix. and only a very small perecentage of women have their placenta stay low. If the placenta decides to stay too close to the cervix a c section will be necessary, but honestly, you have excellent chances of it moving up. ~Kristin~


cattac - October 29

It is posterior against the back wall. OK so I guess one of my questions is...how close does it have to be to require a c-section? I've already had 2 v____al births and would love to have another if possible. Once it's no longer considered "low lying"...or if it's greater than 2 cm away from the cervix am I in the clear for a v____al birth or does it have to move way up?


Stephanie_31 - October 30

As long as it is not covering your cervix it will be fine. It will also move up as your pregnancy progresses. Mine is low too. If it is too low the doc will do another u/s later just to make sure it has moved. If not, a c-section will be done. To be a problem it has to be partly or entirly covering the cervix. You are in the clear if it the edge is greater than 2 cm from the cervix. It had pleanty time to move by the time you deliver, it doesn't have very far to go. Just think of it this way, you get to see your baby atleast 1 more time before you deliver!



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