In the case of a placenta at the front, the placenta is too low in the uterus. Normally the placenta grows somewhere at the top of the uterus, but sometimes this does not happen and the placenta comes to lie over the exit of the uterus. The placenta can cover the cervix and cervix with this location, which can lead to bleeding. If you have a low lying placenta, you will be accompanied by a gynecologist during the rest of your pregnancy.
Discover the present placenta
In many cases, the placenta is seen to be low during the 12-week or 20-week ultrasound. Often nature also resolves it itself. Because the uterus continues to grow for the time being, chances are that the placenta will be pulled up.
If, however, the placenta remains completely or partially in front of the cervix, it is not possible that your baby is born vaginally. The output is blocked after all. Caesarean section is inevitable at such a moment.
Around week 30 we will look again at the location of the placenta.
A leading placenta can cause a great deal of blood loss. The bleeding is painless and can start without any warning. In case of excessive blood loss you will be admitted to the hospital and you will get strict bed rest. However, it can be so serious that your child has to be taken straight away.
If bleeding stops, you can often go home again. However, you do get the restriction as quietly as possible, to prevent a new bleeding. This means: not working, no sex, no housework and not walking or cycling for too long.
Larger chance of present placenta
Why a fertilized egg sometimes so low intakes is not clear. There are, however, factors that can increase the risk. For example, you have a greater chance of having a placenta in front if you:
- have had a cesarean section before
- are older than 35
- are pregnant with a multiple birth
A prevalent placenta or placenta previa has several stages. We explain them here:
The placenta is completely located over the ostium internum (Placenta praevia totalis)
The middle of the placenta lies over the ostium internum (Placenta praevia centralis)
The placenta is partly located over the ostium internum (Placenta praevia lateralis)
The edge of placenta borders the ostium internum (Placenta praevia marginalis)
With a marginal placenta previa, where the placenta does not cover the entire cervix, there is sometimes a small chance that your baby can still be born vaginally. In this condition, however, sex is a taboo, because every movement of the cervix can lead to serious bleeding.