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Low placenta, worried :( Latifa1987 Due January 9; Dubai, United Arab Emirates 1 posts
30th Jul

I'm currently in week 16 and yesterday I have been diagnosed with low lying placenta. Is this a serious problem and will it effect my baby and what should I do to make back in its place. I'm very worried.



Please advise and help :(

Blair Nealey 2 kids; Darlington, South Carolina 312 posts
30th Jul

When I had my 20 week ultrasound, we found out I had a low lying placenta. They did another ultrasound at 29 weeks and it had moved up. If it hadn't of moved I would've had to have a C-Section. But there is nothing you can do to make it move but just hope and pray it does. But my doctor told me that a low lying placenta almost always moves up.

Bambi78 1 child; United Kingdom 1596 posts
30th Jul
Quoting Latifa1987:" I'm currently in week 16 and yesterday I have been diagnosed with low lying placenta. Is this a serious ... [snip!] ... and will it effect my baby and what should I do to make back in its place. I'm very worried. Please advise and help :("


Placentas can still be low at this stage. They should repeat a scan further along. I had same and they rescanned me up until 35 weeks. Most will have moved up by then. There is nothing you can do to make it move.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
30th Jul

First of all calm down. It's perfectly normal to have a low placenta in early preg. You had plenty of time for it to move up. Majority of them do. There's nothing you can do to help it along. Only time will tell.



Second, watch for bleeding. This is very common with placenta previa but it is maternal blood loss and can be serious if you lose too much. So if you do have a bleed don't panic, call your dr, and head to L&D.



Third, a very rare but serious complication can occur with previa cases called vasa previa. Don't google it or let it scare you, but please advocate for you and your baby by asking that your dr do a thorough u/s to eliminate the possibility of having it.



If the placenta does not move up and you experience Jo bleeding they'll prolly just do a csection before you go into labor somewhere around 37-39 weeks because if you dilate it could separate the placenta causing you to hemorrhage. But that's nothing to worry about now and I'm sure you're dr is taking very good care of you and will do all they can to eliminate any of those risks.