Anyone else have this? I'm 19+1 and I have had this since 13 weeks. My MFM doctor and my regular OB says a previa to this degree normally doesn't move. I haven't had any bleeding or spotting since my 7th week. So no complications with the previa so far, thank God! I was put on a no sex restriction. My MFM doc said that means no orgasams of any kind so no intercourse and no oral. Anyone else have this? What restrictions are you on and how long have you been on them. Do they plan on taking your baby early because of it? They said they will start steriods at 33 weeks, do an amnio at 35 to check his lungs and then early delivery at 36 weeks.
I was diagnosed with complete previa at my 20 week scan. Very frustrating. My doctor put me on pelvic rest and said no sex, no exercise and no heavy housework. I never had a bleed but they still wanted to scan me every 4 weeks. I just went back last week and my placenta has completely moved out of the way! I'm no longer on pelvic rest and everything is back to normal. Hope your placenta moves for you hun!
Hi, I will warn you straight up I'm probably one of the worse case scenarios so don't panic that you wil be the same. I was told I had a complete previa at 13 weeks but that it would probably move. At my scan at 19w+6d I was told it was still complete and that it would not move. At 20w+3d I had my first big bleed and spent the day in hospital, had a scan etc and was sent home with strict instructions to take it easy, no sex etc, and that if it happened again that I would likely spend the rest of my pregnancy in hospital.
Luckily we prepared for that possibility, booked the kids into day care a few part days a week with them warned that they may need to go in full time at very short notice etc. At 24w+1d I had my 2nd big bleed and lo and behold I am now in hospital and have been for 3 weeks. They were thinking of sending me home, but as I live a reasonable distance from the hospital (40 mins) we decided it was best for me to stay, and luckily I did as I had another bleed 2 days ago. I am 27 weeks today and have been given the steroids now just in case, but we are all still hopeful that this little man is going to hang in here for the next few weeks. I have had no signs of labour with any bleed luckily and they are mainly worried about my blood loss if I have a big bleed, but said at this stage if it happened they would try to transfuse me rather than deliver if at all possible. If things go well from here they will not plan a c-section until 37-38 weeks, so 36 weeks does seem quite early to be planning a c-section if there are no complications.
Anyway, this is not to scare you, just to let you know of the worst that may happpen, and it's pretty rare for it to be this bad. I'm very lucky that the hospital I'm in is a specialist women's hospital with a neonatal unit that caters for babies from 24 weeks so I couldn't be in better hands. Yes I miss my other babies terribly, but know that for the long term health of me and this little one this is just something I have to do, and give it a few months and my other 2 will probably not even remember this time.
I know your message is a couple of weeks old now, but I've only just got myself hooked up with internet now we know I am here for the duration. I hope that you have had no complications and all is going well.
So sorry to hear of all of your complications. I hope your little one will bake for much longer. They will deliver me at 36 weeks regardless. I have had 2 premature births (28w3d and 32w2d) one of which was stillborn. So I have tons of complications during pregnancy on top of the complete placenta previa. The previa is just like icing on the cake. They are planning on an early delivery if not sooner to help me to have a live baby. This is my 3rd pregnancy and I have no living children.
I'm so sorry to hear about your previous losses and that you have so many complications this pregnancy too. I so hope you don't get too many complications from the previa and the others stay under control as much as possible. It sounds like they are keeping a close eye on you to make sure all goes well.
Like NZ beth, my story is far from typical, but I think it is always good to be aware of the possible scenarios, no matter how unlikely they are and to take any precautions possible.
I had a low lying placenta showing at 20 weeks. I was basically told just to watch for any bleeding. No-one said anything about taking it easy or avoiding anything. At 26 weeks I had a wee bit of bleeding so went to hospital to check it out. They gave me an internal exam and I bled heavily. They then gave me steroids and kept me in for a week. Over that week I had 3 internal exams.
I got home and stayed off for a week til I could see my consultant who said it was ok to go back to work and 2 days later had another massive bleed. It stopped and they were about to send me home 3 days later then my waters broke, followed by a huge bleed. At that point they went in to get Abby out.
I was furious when I later found I never should have been given an internal exam with a low lying placenta and that others had been given warnings and advice about what to avoid.
Heed any advice about taking it very easy. Feet up when possible. Basically anything that might strain the uterus is to be avoided and ANY bleeding, no matter how minor should be checked out.
When I went into hospital the second time, they still were sure I could go full term and they had no plans for an early birth - unless I was to bleed dangerously again. Otherwise they were happy to keep her in there as long as possible. The only thing they said was, if the placenta didn't move, I'd have to have a C-section as it would block the opening for a natural birth.
I had complete previa with my first. I found out at 13 weeks when I went to the loo, and there was bright red bleeding. I went to the hospital and when they did a vag check, they could see placenta sticking out of the cervix. I went for an u/s and there it was condfirmed that it was complete previa. I ws hospitalized with bleeding several times, just because it was so severe. I had more u/s, and I can't remember at what point my last one was, but it never budged. They scheduled me a section for 38.5 weeks, but my water broke two days before my scheduled section. I had an emergency section and he was born healthy. So, what I find interesting, is that when my water broke, there was no blood whatsoever, so it makes me wonder if it did move up at least a little at the very end. I also went into preterm labour a couple times, which they stopped...but, they thought that was because of the placenta sticking out of my cervix irritating it. Anyhoo...my son is now 7 years old in April, and healthy and fine...and my next pregnancy I never had that issue. As far as the section went, I had a great experience, and I do think it helps to know in advance that you are getting one, versus women who don't know and feel more let down. KWIM? We have time to prepare, and it really was a good experience...I held him right away, everyone sang happy birthday, they put clothing on him, and then gave him back to me...and I held him for the rest of the surgery and in the recovery room too.
I am currently 29 weeks pregnant with my second child a baby boy and at 18 weeks they noticed that I had a low lying placenta and said not to worry I will go back in at 28 weeks and get another ultrasound. So I did and they discovered that I have complete placenta previa and put me on pevic rest which means no sex. (which sucks for my hubby). And they have sceduled me for another ultrasound in 4 weeks which is Jan. 7th to see if it has moved at all. My DR. isnt worried about this at all but I cant help but be. There is so many risks that go along with this. My little Tyler being born early or bleading. I have already freaked out but my husband tells me it doesnt do anybody any good to freak. I trust my Dr. its just scarey to think about what if. I have never had surgery and it scares me to possibly have him early.
I joined this board like you when I found out at 20 weeks that I have a complete previa. After the near perfect pregnancy and homebirth of my daughter 2years ago it can as a horrible shock. I don't think I stopped crying for 4 days. I've always done everything the natural way and so far been lucky enough to never be in hospital for even something minor so the whole idea of a c-section completely freaks me out.
I hasn't helped that apart from one midwife that I spoke to just a couple of days ago all the medics have been pretty dismissive of my questions and just keep repeating that I need to wait and see what happens !
I'm just over 24 weeks at the moment and petrified that not only will my little boy have problems because he arrives early but having a hard time getting my head around the c-section as we had another totally natural home, hypnobirth planned. We are waiting for an appointment for another scan with a specialist in mid Jan so hopefully will find out more then. Believe me I'm not leaving the room until I get my questions answered this time !
I've read that that things can keep moving right up until 38 weeks. So my plan at the moment is to do everything I can to get that far.
I found it difficult to find any stories that had the ending I wanted to hear but this link gave some more positive stories.
There are positive stories out there. I was in hospital with a lot of women who had placenta previa and I'm the only one for whom it didn't go smoothly. In something like 90 percent of cases, the placenta will move up so the odds really are on your side.
I know it can be difficult when your plans for pregnancy and birth seem as if they will not go as you wish, but sometimes we just have to take a deep breath and remember that even now, it is our LOs who dictate what is going to happen in life, and just take a deep breath and go with the flow. You can't be in control of everything and if you end up having a different experience than you expected, you might be surprised how it works out for you.
Of course everyone want's to know what is going to happen next, but perhaps the reason the doctors are saying to wait and see, is that they cannot possibly tell you anything else. They don't know if your placenta is going to move or not. I know the medical profession don't want to give "Worst case" advice as they feel there is no need to worry you unnecessarily.
If you aren't able to go full term, it is important to know about the statistics when it comes to prem birth. At 29 weeks, the odds are really really good for babies. Even at 26 weeks they are starting to increase greatly. If you are at all concerned, ask for a tour of your NNICU unit as this really can prepare you well, should you'r baby come early.
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