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17 Aug 2006

Placenta Privia
Dear Doc

I am 28 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. The first two were with my first husband. I am 37. The first two were very normal and good pregnancies and both nautral birth. This little one, is placenta privia, number 2 - after 28 weeks the placenta still has not moved. My DR has advised that I should have a C section as this would be best, mind you I was never really told too much about placenta privia and the worries that it causes. I have been onto the net and now am alarmed at the probolems it can cause, some ladies have mentioned still born babies etc, this has not got me worried.
I have had no bleeding, no pain, except for a slight "stitch" on my right hand side. Due to the fact that I am not on a medical aid I have to go to the local hospital, for the delivery, yet my own GP has been looking after me. I am a bit worried now as to what I should do. The scan on Tuesday revealed that the baby is fine, he has move down, and moving alot, and the baby is 100% what, if any more, precautions should I take, can I still have sex, and could the placenta at this late stage still move up, or should I rather lay to rest that I will have to have a C section, will anything happen to my baby in these nect 10 weeks or so. Me being me and an optimist, I would dearly love to have a natural birth again and I am hoping the placenta will move, am I being unrealistic and should I fear that my baby will have health problems or and more serious complications. A quick answer would go along way to laying my worries to rest.
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GynaeDoc

01 Jan 0001

The placenta can still move, depending on the Grade of placenta praevia. Only by 34 weeks will you have a definite answer. Placenta praevia can bleed at any time and it is this that can cause complications for you and the baby. The precautions you could take are to avoid intercourse and go to your doctor immediately if there are any signs of bleeding. If you do this, even if there are problems, it should be possible to manage them promptly.

Best wishes
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