(Closed) Anterior Placenta and C section vs natural birth??

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had an anterior placenta, my midwife said nothing about it causing problems with the birth. I did have to have a c section, but it was for other reasons. Good luck!

Post # 3
2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had an anterior placenta and my OB never said it would cause any issues at birth, the only “problem” with anterior placentas is that since it’s located at front it takes longer for you to feel the baby move/kick/etc, women with posterior placentas may feel baby move early in their second trimesters while women with anterior placentas may have to wait longer to feel those kicks (that was my case). I had a vaginal birth with no complications.

Post # 4
9841 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

An anterior placenta is very common and is not a reason for a c-section unless it’s actually covering the cervix. You should know by now if you had placenta previa.

Mine was anterior and I had no issues. It was low lying at my 20 week ultrasound but moved up later on, which my MFM doctor said was almost always the case.

Post # 5
3003 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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palchicka :  I had an anterior placenta and a completely unmedicated, “natural” birth. My midwives never said anything about needing a c-section, either.

Post # 6
249 posts
Helper bee

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palchicka :  like what has been said, anterior placentas are not an issue with regards to successful vaginal deliveries, and are not an indication for a cesarean section. The only time you may not labor (and need a c section) is if your placenta is low or covering the cervix (called placenta previa). 


Im guessing what you were reading was with regards to low placentas or when the placenta has grown into (or through) the uterine wall – called a placenta accreta/percreta. Both of these are more common with anterior placentas because (and this is key!) they are related to previous cesarean section scars (which are done on the anterior uterine wall!)! So if you’ve never had a c section before then you’re not at any higher of a risk for having either of these placental conditions.


All this to say there should be no reason why you can’t try for a vaginal delivery if it’s just an anterior placenta 🙂

Post # 7
575 posts
Busy bee

I had anterior placenta – noone ever considered it a risk factor. However, anterior placenta often means that the baby is face-up (apparently they like to use the placenta as a cushion) as it was in my case. My midwife didn’t make any effort to reposition the baby. I labored naturally until I was 9 cm dilated and then all progression stopped. Long story short, they broke my water, I got an epidural, baby came under protest, I tore badly. Now, two years later, of course, no one cares about any of that. I still think that my birth (which was relatively quick and painless) is preferable to a c-section, but I wish I had had more skileed midwives around who could have handled it better.

Post # 8
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had an anterior placenta and was never told it would be a problem.  Delivered my baby vaginally.

Post # 9
7308 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I had an anterior placenta with YDS, and had a med free vaginal birth. He tried to come put sideways, and ended up coming out sunny side up. That was no fun. But even after 40 hours of labor there was no need for a c-section.

Post # 10
20 posts

Nope, two anterior placentas, two vaginal births. Anterior placenta alone was never discussed as increasing risk of c section.

Post # 11
1037 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had an anterior placenta and it didnt affect labour & delivery. My mom said it might mean back labour. I don’t know if there’s any truth to that but I did have back labour. Also ended up with a c section but that was for other reasons.

Post # 12
2020 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had anterior placenta and it was never even a concern that I may need a c section. I had a healthy vaginal birth. 

Post # 13
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Generally you only risk placenta migration while it is growing, so pre-3rd tri. By 30 weeks you would absolutely know if you had placenta previa.

My ds’s placenta was anterior and not problematic in the least, he was breach position up until 35 weeks, so that made things interesting but he flipped np.

I did have awful back labor though, but I have no idea if that had anything to do with it. Back labor aside, it was quick, easy, and complication free.

Any rational Doctor should not encourage c-section simply because of an anterior placenta – DONT WORRY!

Post # 14
2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Two anterior placentas and two vaginal births for me!

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