(Closed) Placenta calcifying @ 34 weeks

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Mollie-Rose:  I’ve never heard of this before, but it sounds scary for you.  I hope everything is OK!

Post # 4
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have any experience. But the great news is that you are well beyond the 25 week mark which is the mark of viability outside the womb. While delivering before 39 weeks isn’t optimal, it wont cause too many problems. I know here if doctors know they have to deliver early, they will sometimes give they baby steroids in utero to help accelerate lung development. 

And they might not even talk about delivering early and just keep a closer eye on everything.

I’m sure it will all work out fine. Even if baby is a little small. Keep  us updated and good luck with your  appointment. 

Post # 5
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Mollie-Rose:  My last US before giving birth was at 32 weeks and there was no mention of any issues with my placenta. However, I was induced at 41 weeks and my placenta did not deliver on its own, which is pretty rare. When my doctor did finally get it out (by literally putting her hand up into my uterus- I was heavily medicated) she saw that is was heavily calcified. I could tell by her reaction she hadn’t seen a placenta so calcified. The good news is that my baby is perfectly healthy! So, I know this does not totally answer your question as I am not sure how long my placenta had been in that state before delivering, but based on the condition it was in when I delivered, I’d guess it had been a few weeks. If we decide to have another baby, I’d want to be monitored more closely towards the end of my pregnancy and would probably want to deliver early to avoid possible complications. Good luck and I’m sure your doctors will probably recommend inducing early if they are concerned.

Post # 6
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just to ease your mind a little, we had our 36 week scan last week and our LO was measuring in the 33rd percentile, and my midwife said that it was in a perfectly acceptable range of normal. 🙂 I would say if you are concerned, call your dr today and see if they can squeeze you in this week to ease your worries, or at least have a phone consult.

Post # 7
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I delivered at 38w5d and my midwife showed me my placenta afterward and it was covered in calcification spots. It was no big deal. My little girl is healthy and happy. Keep in mind with weight percentiles that they just show how far you are from average. 1 in 5 babies will be in the lower 20th percentile. I know it’s really hard not to stress over this kind of thing, but try to relax while you wait for your next appointment. Your doctor will do whatever needs to be done to keep your baby boy healthy.

Post # 8
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I haven’t experienced this but just wanted to say, try not to pay too much attention to percentiles. My daughter is 3 months old and since birth has only measured in the 3-15 percentile for weight, height, and head circumference. You’d never know by looking at her, she’s so chubby! It’s just a way to compare all babies and doesn’t mean anything for future growth and development. Try not to stress, I’m sure you’re Dr will reassure you at your appointment next week 🙂

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