Can The Position Of The Lower Placenta Change?

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, how to handle pregnant women who are 18 weeks pregnant. when ultrasound the doctor said that the position of the placenta is below.

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Hi Rety,

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The position of the placenta in most pregnancies is located above (the fundus). The position of the placenta that is located below, near or covering the birth canal is called placenta previa. This condition is one of the most common causes of bleeding from the birth canal in pregnancies that are older than 20 weeks.

The exact cause of placenta previa is still unknown. However, placenta previa is more common in women who have given birth frequently, have scar tissue in the uterus (for example due to a history of cesarean delivery or other uterine surgery), have a previous history of placenta previa, are pregnant with more than 1 fetus, are more than 35 years old, smoking, or consuming cocaine.

If your gestational age is only 18 weeks, the placenta may still move along with the enlargement of the size of the fetus and uterus. There are no specific tips you can do to cause this shift. Therefore, the best step you should take is to regularly control your pregnancy to an obstetrician for an ultrasound examination. You should do this examination every 1 month until your 7 months of pregnancy, 2 weeks at 8 to 9 months of pregnancy, and 1 week after 36 weeks of gestation until it is time for your labor to arrive.

If the position of the placenta does not change significantly until near the time of delivery, your general practitioner will recommend that you have a cesarean delivery. This condition is done of course for the safety of you and the fetus in your womb. Meanwhile, it is advisable to limit sexual intercourse and also reduce activities that are too strenuous to minimize the risk of bleeding due to the low placenta.

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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