Low Lying Placenta – 13 Weeks

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had bleeding at 12 weeks in my pregnancy and it was determined that my placenta was slightly low-lying.

In my case, as I have gotten further along, the placenta has moved up and out of the way. Usually this is was happens, and problems with bleeding resolve. However, in some cases, the placenta can also stay covering the cervix, which would require pelvic rest and a c-section.

Every case is different. I would say taking it easy is your best bet, as per doctor’s orders. Hopefully as your baby grows, the placenta will move off your cervix. Best of luck!

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

This is a delicate time in your pregancy.  Your MD isnt trying to scare you but there are people that ignore warnings, so they have to be firm.  Take it easy the next 6 weeks and hopefully with time the placenta with grow and move out of the way.

I’m a labor and delivery nurse and although many patients had a low lying placenta in early pregnancy, very few get to term with their placenta still in a low position.  Good luck!!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was told I had a low lying placenta at my 19 week scan. Before that I had a couple of spotting incidents and at 16 weeks I definitely lost some of my mucus plug with some brown spotting. My Dr told me no sex until the placenta moved up and had me go in for another scan at 23 weeks. At the 23 week scan the placenta had moved up and I was off the no sex restriction. I’m guessing that’s why I had some issues before 16 weeks.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

mariwithani: Doc told me I was borderline low placenta at my 19 week anatomy scan and told me to stop all exercise (even yoga!), lifting things, chores and sex. It was hard to feel so helpless around the house, but DH was really good about it and kept reminding me that it’s all worth it for the baby. I had my followup u/s at 28 weeks and the tech said it appears as though my placenta has moved up but I need to wait 2 more days to get the all clear from my OB at my next appointment. from what I have read, the placenta almost always will move up and out of the way. Hang in there!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

mariwithani:  Mine was low most of my pregnancy. I only spotted a couple of times and it was terrifying! I’m sorry you are going through this. My placenta was touching my cervix at 13w NT scan, just barely off my crevix at 20w anatomy scan, I had a follow up scan at 32w and 36w. The 32w scan it had barely moved high enough to make it safe for vaginal delivery so we rechecked at 36w and it was out of the way. I had a vaginal delivery at 37w1d with no complications. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

At my 16w scan, my placenta completely covered the cervix (complete previa). By 20 weeks, the placenta was about 2cm away from the cervix, and hopefully will move further up as my uterus grows. I didn’t have those bleeding scares, but that sounds terrifying. I’d be following my doctor’s advise and taking things as easily as possible.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

 

mariwithani:  So did your placenta move?  Do you know if you had an anterior or posterior placenta?

I have a low lying placenta, but it’s posterior- so less likely to move, but hoping it still will!!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Can you ladies who have had this tell me if your lower bellies…like at pubic line felt very hard-firm in first tri? I went to the md and she told me this, and i see that it is too now..and I’m wondering what the cause could be. She told me to take it easy and not do lifting or pushing.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

mariwithani:  I’m hopeful!!!  Mine wasn’t found until 20 weeks– I go back at 24 weeks for another ultrasound– not specifically for placenta, but for other reasons– but we will also see if placenta has moved!!  

 

Do you happen to know how far yours moved?  Or what the measurements were during the 13 week and then the later ultrasound.  And when did you find out it moved?  At 28 weeks or sooner??

 

Thank you SO much for your reply!!

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Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

FrenchNewlyWed:  I don’t think that your belly being low and hard has anything to do with a low lying placenta– usually low lying is very low- more close to your cervix.  That means you wouldn’t even be able to feel it in your belly, if that makes sense.

The OP and I have posterior placentas, meaning they are planted in the back.  

Your belly can be harder than your used to in early pregnancy- or at least feel that way.  Also, your uterus is going to be lower in the beginning of pregnancy– for reference, the top of your uterus is at your belly button at twenty weeks.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

mariwithani:  Hello to my fellow December momma. 🙂  I’ve already told you this, but I’m so glad things are back on track for you!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

MrsEME:  Thanks. I talked about this to a pregnant friend who said she had a friend with quite a hard tummy, and in fact it can be like you are contracted…from not taking it easy enough. Only thing is I am being so lazy right now I don’t know that I COULD take it any easier haha! I guess I will try to have a little lie down every day so my belly calms down…?

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