I had an OB appointment today (I'm at 23 weeks), and he went over with me the results of the ultrasound I had in mid-January. Apparently the ultrasound shows I may have placenta previa.
I've been doing a little frantic online research, and so far it's setting my fears to rest. For one thing, I was thinking that placenta previa could lead to placental abruption (where the placenta pulls away from the uterine wall, depriving the baby of things it needs), but I was mistaken in that. Also, it appears that it's fairly common to hear after a mid-pregnancy ultrasound that you have placenta previa, but then to find later that the problem is no longer there. I have an ultrasound in 4 weeks to check to see if "migration" has occurred. The OB said the placenta doesn't literally migrate (here he made a wing-flapping gesture) but that as the uterus expands it can turn out that the placenta was never over the cervix to begin with and only appeared to be.
If it hasn't migrated, the ultrasound will determine how far over the cervix the placenta is. I'll have to be alert for any bleeding (as if I'd be blase about that otherwise), and there's an increased risk of early hospitalization and premature birth. Women with placenta previa have to have c-sections, but I have c-sections anyway so that's no big deal.
The most alarming thing to Paul, of course, is that if I do have placenta previa, I'll be put on, um, "pelvic rest."
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