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Fibrous Placenta? is it hereditary?

Ok so my mother had what the doctor called a fibrous placenta. She had it with both me and my older sister. Worse with my sister though, she almost died because of the bleeding. But apparently what it is is when the placenta is strongly attached to the uterine wall so when you try to birth it it can't detatch itself. I've never heard of it before and I looked it up in all different ways on google but obviously no one else seemed to know what a fibrous placenta was. If anyone has heard of it can they tell me about it?!? I'm scared that It might be hereditary. I guess it's something I should ask a doctor but Im not pregnant yet. And I don't even know if there are tests for it! I want a home birth when Im older but if it's hereditary I may not be able to. My moms doctors didn't even know she had it till my sister was born. Please help?!?
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replied August 23rd, 2012
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If there was difficulty in placental separation after childbirth, the placenta is called adherent placenta, and complications include heavy bleeding, lack of proper uterine involution, infection & sepsis, DIC, death. The chances of developing adherent placenta increase if there have been prior instrumentation involving endometrial lining (like D&C, abortions/miscarriages, previous history of adherent placenta etc). It is difficult to say if you will have the same complication as faced by your mother as it is found only at time of placental delivery or after childbirth when investigations are done if women had persistent heavy bleeding and uterine contractions. If you avoid any instrumentation and/or miscarriages, chances of it occurring is minimal. For further clarification and assistance, visit your doctor/gynecologist.
Take care.



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