Be sure to carefully watch out for placenta previa signs if you:
- Know that you have an “abnormally-shaped” uterus based on what the doctor has told you
- Already had many pregnancies
- Have multiple pregnancies, like twins or triplets
- Sustained an injury or scarring to the lining of the uterus. Usually, this occurs during surgery such as Cesarean section.
- Underwent in vitro fertilization
Women who are aged 35 and older, who smoke, and those who used illicit drugs, such as cocaine, also have a higher risk of having placenta previa.
Is It Treatable?
Please note that there’s no treatment to change the position of the placenta. Hence, pregnant women who have placenta previa symptoms will rely on strategies that can reduce the risk of serious complications. Treatment modalities include:
- Bed rest or hospital confinement even before the labor starts.
- Ultrasound monitoring to track the position of the placenta.
- Early delivery, based on the severity of bleeding and baby’s health status.
- CS delivery, considering the placenta is covering the cervix
- Blood transfusion.
Placenta previa happens when the placenta grows at the lowest portion of the uterus and covers the cervix which opens to the birth canal. Its main symptom is vaginal bleeding that’s usually heavy, bright red, sudden, and painless. If you experience bleeding of any sort, please report it to your doctor to ascertain the cause and needed treatment.
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