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When I had my 19th week ultrasound they found that I had a low lying placenta. The midwife and doctor assured me that it would move up once I reached the 30 week mark so I didn't really worry about it until I read and reasearched what it was exactly and now I'm a little concerned.
My question is has anyone had a low lying placenta that did not move up and what happened at the birth?
I'm also interested to know if I can have a 30 weeks ultrasound as a 3D to check if everything is ok including the baby?
I'm now 25 weeks....
1st BUB due 27th January 2006! :p
From what I have read and understood it is actually quite common for the placenta to be low-lying at the 20week ultrasound. Cos its all still quite small in there, and the placenta is big and has to be somewhere! As you grow bigger and bigger, the placenta most moves up and away and ceases to be a concern.
Seeing as you have it low lying at your 20 week, your midwife/doctor should recommend that you have a follow up ultrasound closer to your due date to see if it has moved, just to be on the safe side. If your carers aren't making moves to give you a follow up scan, put your foot down and ask for one, for your peace of mind.
WIth Andrew, mine was low lying and at the follow up scan (I had to have several for different reason) it was fine and had moved up.
There is no need to be concerned though if it does happen to stay over the cervix. It isn't immediately dangerous, but you will have to have a c-section. The baby needs to come out before the placenta does and if the placenta is in the way....not good!
Don't stress!!! Chances are really good that it will move and you would have worried your head off for nothing :) *hugs*
My mum had a low lying placenta and it moved during labour. She had spot bleeding throughout the pg because the baby was putting pressure on the placenta causing it to slighty bleed. As i said before the placenta moved and everything went well, there was no complications at all. Maybe yours might move as well.
I also had a low lying placenta and as my uterus grew the position of the placenta changed so don't worry as Nicole mentioned it is fairly common. I dwelled on it and wished I hadn't but I guess your first time around you tend to worry about everything the docs tell you as it's all such a new experience.
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