complications during pregnancy

placenta previa

what is placenta previa

When a baby's placenta partially or totally covers the opening in the mother's cervix- the lower end of the uterus that connects to the top of the vagina.

what are the symptoms

Bright red vaginal bleeding without pain during the second half of pregnancy (main sign)

Some women have contractions

What are the risk factors

Women have higher risks of having Placenta Previa if:

  1. You have delivered at least one baby
  2. You have had Placenta Previa with previous pregnancy
  3. Have more than one fetus
  4. Are 35 years or older
  5. are a race other than white
  6. smoke, or use cocaine

What are treatment options

Depends on:

  • Amount of bleeding
  • If bleeding has stopped
  • How far along your pregnancy is
  • Your health
  • Babys health
  • Position of the placenta and baby
For little to know bleeding:

  • bed rest at home, but you must be able to get to the hospital fast. If you begin to bleed you can't have sex
For heavy bleeding:

  • Hospital bed rest
  • May need blood transfusion to replace lost blood
  • Will most likely be having a C-section as soon as baby can be delivered safely
  • May be given Corticosteroids to speed your baby's lung development if you need a C-section before 36 weeks
For bleeding that won't stop

  • If your bleeding can't be controlled or your baby is in distress, you may need an emergency C-section (even if baby is born premature)