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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

What is placenta previa?

What is placenta previa?

The placenta is a structure that connects to your baby through the umbilical cord. It provides oxygen and nutrition to your baby throughout the pregnancy. The placenta usually attaches to the top or side of the uterus.

 

Placenta previa is a pregnancy complication in which the placenta, partially or totally, covers the outlet of the uterus, that is, your cervix.

Placenta previa symptoms

Placenta previa symptoms

Placenta previa symptoms primarily include bright red vaginal bleeding during the second half of pregnancy. While most women do not experience any type of pain, others feel some contractions in the placenta previa.

Placenta previa types

Placenta previa types

There are three placenta previa types:

 

Placenta previa causes

Placenta previa causes

Placenta previa causes are not yet known exactly. This condition can affect any pregnant woman. However, it is more common in certain women than in others. 

 

Placenta previa risk factors include: 

Placenta previa complications

Placenta previa complications

Placenta previa is a complex and serious health condition. Upon detection, your obstetrician will provide a personalised plan to manage this condition. 

 

If left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems. Common placenta previa complications include:

 

Placenta previa treatment

Placenta previa treatment

Placenta previa is usually diagnosed during your routine prenatal visit or upon the display of symptoms such as vaginal bleeding. Your obstetrician will perform an ultrasound to help detect this condition and offer corrective treatment. 

 

Placenta previa treatment protocol includes the management of vaginal bleeding. Your healthcare provider will aim to manage the amount of bleeding based on the stage of pregnancy, your overall health, your baby’s health and the position of the placenta. 

FAQs
FAQs

You should become aware of placenta previa symptoms, consider and prepare for C-section and consult your obstetrician. 

Yes, placenta previa treatment and management is possible if the condition is detected early. 

If you have placenta previa, your chances of getting a C-section increase largely.