What is Placenta Previa?
Placenta previa is a pregnancy problem that occurs when the placenta partially or fully covers the mother’s cervix. This is the gateway between the uterus and the vagina.
The cause for this complication is still unknown. But there are some factors that can contribute to your chances like the number of your past pregnancies and your age. This condition can usually be detected during pregnancy with frequent check-ups from your doctor.
It is important to know whether a mother has this or not early on. This is because placenta previa causes further complications for both the mother and the baby.
The most common problem is that it can cause extensive bleeding (hemorrhage) to the mother during delivery and even throughout her laboring period. When the mother has a placenta previa, the doctors typically opt for C-section delivery so that the mother can safely give birth to the baby.
For the infant, there’s a chance that they may experience some blood loss and other health risks especially if premature.
How to Prevent Placenta Previa?
Since the cause for this complication is still unknown, there’s still no clear way on how to prevent placenta previa. However, there are some things that mothers can do to at least lower the risks included in this condition. Here are just some of these things that you can do:
Avoiding any activity that can irritate the cervix
If you are diagnosed with placenta previa, you should always try and not to irritate your cervix. Any irritations which might cause the placenta to break. This includes staying away from any sexual penetration, orgasm, and even the use of tampons.