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July 23rd, 2014, 06:19 PM
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I just got a letter in the mail saying I have a low laying placenta. Is this bad? Does it matter? I wish my doctors would explain these things to me.
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July 23rd, 2014, 07:15 PM
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I have a low laying placenta. The way my doc explained it is it means it is partially covering my cervix. It really effects things in the third trimester because it could cause bleeding and will result in the need for a c section. That is, if it doesn't moved. Low laying placentas have a higher chance of correcting themselves than complete placenta previa. They are going to check again at 32 weeks and if it is still covering my cervix, I will be scheduled for a c section. Hope this helps.
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July 23rd, 2014, 07:50 PM
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Yes it does thank you. I just wish out of the 2 doctors I see one of them would of told me.
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July 24th, 2014, 07:23 AM
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They should have talked with you about this, that's ridiculous.

I had a low lying placenta with baby #2. They checked it at 20 weeks and it was low. They rechecked at 32 weeks and it was up out of the way of the cervix and I had no problems and a vaginal delivery.

They did put me on "pelvic rest" (no sex) so you might want to ask about that.
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July 24th, 2014, 08:18 AM
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I agree with Joy, there is no reason they didn't at least call you and tell you so you could ask questions. Very unprofessional.
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July 26th, 2014, 04:44 PM
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No need to worry yet! I have had a 'low' one too at 20 weeks three times!

If you have a balloon in the house go get it! Blow just a couple small breaths in.. then put a dot right next to the bottom where you are putting in the air (by your fingers holding it). Then fully inflate the balloon! See as you stretch everything stretches and you will see your dot looks to have moving up and away.


I will be going back at 34 weeks to be sure everything is all clear. I am sorry they worried you.
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July 26th, 2014, 05:02 PM
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I've never heard of sending a letter for that. I have partial placenta previa that the doctor wants to recheck at 28 weeks to see if it has moved. I've also heard that you can have a low lying placenta that is not previa, just very close to the cervix. Your doctor needs to explain to you exactly where your placenta is, and it's implications for you. When I went to the perinatologist for the 20 week ultrasound, not much was explained to me other than that I have "previa"....When I followed up with my OB, she gave me a much better explanation. If it was me, I would specificallly ask to speak with the person that thought they should write you a letter, rather than discussing this with you at an upcoming appt.
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