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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Placenta Previa

Wondering what to do about placenta previa and how it will affect baby? We've got the answers here.

What can I do to prevent placenta previa?

There’s no specific way to prevent placenta previa, but a woman can reduce her risk by avoiding cigarettes and drugs like cocaine. Previous c-sections may increase the risk of placenta previa, so it’s important to avoid an elective c-section.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have placenta previa?

“I started bleeding at 16 weeks and was told I had marginal placenta previa, and they also saw blood clotting behind the placenta. My doctor told me it was a pretty large area and that I should be concerned. Well, everything healed up just fine. I stopped bleeding, and over the next three weeks, my placenta moved up to where it was supposed to be.”

“I had an ultrasound at nine weeks, and they told me I had partial placenta previa, so the placenta was only partially covering the cervix. While it’s something that’s definitely serious, it may not last the whole pregnancy. I’m having another ultrasound at week 13 to check on the condition to see if the placenta has moved off the cervix.”

“I was admitted at 14 weeks; it was discovered that I had a low placenta. After being on bed rest for a week and a half, I went back to work, only to start bleeding again four days later. A sonar was done, and there was bleeding between the uterus and the placenta. I’m back at work again and hoping all goes well.”

Are there any other resources for placenta previa?

There are numerous support groups for bed rest mothers and also for those with placenta previa -- try posting on some community boards like ours. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has information as well.

Plus more from The Bump:

What are placenta conditions?

What is the best placental positioning?

What does the placenta do?

-- American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists

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