Placenta Previa. A low-lying placenta, or otherwise known as placenta previa, can be potentially dangerous. It can cause the placenta to separate from the uterine wall, bleeding, a premature baby, and if it is covering (fully or partially) the cervix it poses a problem during delivery.
What are the chances of getting placenta previa again?
Placenta previa occurs in about one in 200 pregnancies. Women who’ve had a placenta previa in a previous pregnancy have a 4 to 8 percent chance of a recurrence.
Is placenta previa life threatening?
Placenta Previa is a potentially life threatening pregnancy complication in which the placenta totally or partially blocks the cervix.
When is placenta previa diagnosed?
Diagnosis. Placenta previa is diagnosed through ultrasound, either during a routine prenatal appointment or after an episode of vaginal bleeding. Most cases of placenta previa are diagnosed during a second trimester ultrasound exam. Diagnosis might require a combination of abdominal ultrasound and transvaginal ultrasound,…
What is the difference between the types of placenta previa?
What is the difference between the types of placenta previa? A complete previa occurs when the placenta implants symmetrically and completely covers the cervical os. A partial previa occurs when the placenta asymmetrically covers only part of the internal cervical os. A marginal previa occurs when only an edge of the placenta reaches the internal os
How common is placenta previa?
Placenta previa occurs in about 1 out of every 200 pregnancies. “It’s not super common, but all obstetricians have seen it,” says Gerardo Bustillo, MD, an ob-gyn at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California.
Is placenta previa genetic?
Placenta previa appears to be unrelated to genetics. About inheritance and genetics: Inheritance of Placenta previa refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or “runs” in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease.