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    Default Low lying placenta

    Ladies I had my 20 week scan today and when I've asked where is my placenta situated the sonographer said- oh it is low but not touching cervix. She has not elaborated how close to cervix it is. Just mentioned that she may want to see me at 32 weeks.
    few questions- if I didn't ask would OB then mention it during my next appointment?
    if it is dangerous would they tell me today? How likely is bleeding of low lying placenta?
    and does placenta grow down or only it can move up from now?
    im not too concerned abt C section more so of bleeding and blood transfusions

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    It would be in the official report. The sonographer will do the scan, but the doctors behind the scenes are the ones who interpret the results and write the report. If the docs don't write the report, they at least check it all before it gets signed off. Your obstetrician will talk to you about it when they have the official report. Depending on how far it is from your cervix will depend on how it's classified. Bleeding can happen at any point, regardless of the position of the placenta. If you have any bleeding, tell someone right away. There's not much you can do to stop it happening, it just happens. A blood transfusion is only likely in the event of a massive haemorrhage, if you become symptomatic (pale, weak, tired, anaemic) and if your haemoglobin/iron levels drop significantly. I've only seen a handful of transfusions and they've all been for post partum haemorrhages (PPH) rather than ante partum haemorrhages (APH).

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    It only needs to be 2cm away from the cervix to be classified as safe for vaginal delivery.

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    Mine was considered low at my 19 week scan so I was freaking out from 19 to 34 weeks, then at the 34 week scan it had moved up to be in a completely normal spot. A huge majority seem to move up themselves so please try not to panic.

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    Well this morning I woke up and after going to the toilet felt the usual morning discharge coming out. Only to find it was dark brown. Naturally freaked out and rang my OB she was not concerned but I'm panicking so going to see her tomorrow. The discharge is lighter brown now usually after I lay down and then walk around a bit or a tiny amount after bathroom. I hope both baby and I will be fine. Read too many scaries online whole day today- Dr told to rest it.....

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    Went to OBYGN today, official report said placenta is low lying, 2.2cm from cervix. dr did scan at her rooms and said its just there right next to cervix- so who is more accurate? She found a spot where bleeding was coming from, it is no longer active she said, but did give me certificate to stay home until Thursday. She has mention more bleeds are possible.
    Does having placenta 2.2cm away make it less likely to bleed or it doesn't matter? She didn't see the report before she said it. Naturally I'm very upset and my appetite is gone due to stress

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russian View Post
    Went to OBYGN today, official report said placenta is low lying, 2.2cm from cervix. dr did scan at her rooms and said its just there right next to cervix- so who is more accurate? She found a spot where bleeding was coming from, it is no longer active she said, but did give me certificate to stay home until Thursday. She has mention more bleeds are possible.
    Does having placenta 2.2cm away make it less likely to bleed or it doesn't matter? She didn't see the report before she said it. Naturally I'm very upset and my appetite is gone due to stress
    2.2 means it's safe for vaginal delivery, I know this because mine was low and once it got over 2, I'm now in the clear (at 2.4). So I wouldn't worry about the placenta. Bleeds are pretty common and it sounds like the bleed is separate to the placenta placement. Try to relax I know it's very scary but it sounds like your OBGYN is on top of it.

    Stop googling things

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    Thank you ScubaGal, I'm hoping all will be well

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    10 days on from initial u/s and placenta is 2.8cm away. Heading in the right direction. Does it mean chance of bleeding has been reduced further?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russian View Post
    10 days on from initial u/s and placenta is 2.8cm away. Heading in the right direction. Does it mean chance of bleeding has been reduced further?
    Sounds good @Russian
    You should really ask the question about bleeding to your OB. Can you give them a call?


 

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