I'm 31 weeks pregnant and after a sudden, painless, and profuse vaginal bleeding a few day ago i was diagnosed with placenta praevia. What dose this mean? I'm scared please help!! i need some info please !!!
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replied July 19th, 2007
Re: Info On Placenta Praevia
kiflaburek wrote:
I'm 31 weeks pregnant and after a sudden, painless, and profuse vaginal bleeding a few day ago i was diagnosed with placenta praevia. What dose this mean? I'm scared please help!! i need some info please !!!


Here is some info on it:
What is placenta previa?
If you have placenta previa, it means that your placenta is lying unusually low in your uterus, next to or covering your cervix. The placenta is the pancake-shaped organ — normally located near the top of the uterus — that supplies your baby with nutrients through the umbilical cord.

Placenta previa is not usually a problem early in pregnancy. But if it persists into later pregnancy, it can cause bleeding, which may require you to deliver early and can lead to other complications. If you have placenta previa when it's time to deliver your baby, you'll need to have a c-section.

If the placenta covers the cervix completely, it's called a complete or total previa. If it's right on the border of the cervix, it's called a marginal previa. (You may also hear the term "partial previa," which refers to a placenta that covers part of the cervical opening once the cervix starts to dilate.) If the edge of the placenta is within 2 centimeters of the cervix but not bordering it, it's called a low-lying placenta. The location of your placenta will be checked during your midpregnancy ultrasound exam.
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replied August 7th, 2007
For Placenta Previa there are two standard treatments.
One is an immediate delivery by c-section or strict bedrest and frequent monitoring.

Here's a few questions you may want to ask your doctor about placenta previa:

Can anything be done to prevent hemorrhaging?

What happens if hemmoraging begins?

How serious is the risk to the unborn child's health?

Depending on the severity of the condition, how far along in the pregnancy is it safe to deliver the unborn child?

is the unborn child getting enough nourishment if the placenta is separating from the uterine wall?

Many blessings,
Elizabeth
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