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Placenta Previa : Overview


The placenta may be a 
structure that develops inside your uterus during pregnancy, providing oxygen and nutrition to and removing wastes from your baby. The placenta connects to your baby through the duct. In most pregnancies, the placenta attaches at the highest or side of the uterus.

Placenta previa occurs when a baby's placenta partially or totally covers the mother's cervix — the outlet for the uterus. Placenta previa can cause severe bleeding during pregnancy and delivery.

If you've got 
pregnancy , you would possibly bleed throughout your pregnancy and through your delivery. Your health care provider will recommend avoiding activities which may cause contractions, including having sex, douching, using tampons, or engaging in activities which will increase your risk of bleeding, such as running, squatting, and jumping.

You'll need a C-section to deliver your baby if the pregnancy doesn't resolve.



Bright red vaginal bleeding without pain during the last half 
of pregnancy is that the main sign of pregnancy . Some women also have contractions.

In many ladies diagnosed with pregnancy early in their pregnancies, the pregnancy resolves. As the uterus grows, it'd increase the space between the cervix and therefore the placenta. The more the placenta covers the cervix and therefore the later within the pregnancy that it remains over the cervix, the less likely it's to resolve.


When to see a doctor

If you have vaginal bleeding during your second or third trimester, call your doctor right away. If the bleeding is severe, seek emergency medical aid.



The exact cause of placenta previa is unknown.


Risk factors

Placenta previa is more common among women who:


Ø  Have had a baby

Ø  Had placenta previa with a previous pregnancy

Ø  Are carrying more than one fetus

Ø  Are age 35 or older

Ø  Are of a race other than white

Ø  Smoke

Ø  Use cocaine



Notice: Please consult your doctor before following any instruction of


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