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20 weeks scan results - low lying placenta

(6 Posts)
Helley Wed 17-Sep-08 18:14:08

Hi everyone,

Just had my 20 weeks scan today and been told that I have a very low lying placenta which is covering the exit.

I've been booked in for another scan at 36 weeks as it can apparently move when your baby gets bigger, into a position which is a bit safer for normal delivery.

I had my heart set on a homebirth but if things don't move I could be booked in for a c-section which is a bit gutting and scary as I'm not a fan of hosptials...hench reason for the homebirth!

Has anyone had a low lying placenta at this stage and did it move naturally out of the way in time??

H x

pollyblue Wed 17-Sep-08 19:28:39

Hi Helley,
my low placenta was spotted at 20 weeks but it didn't move and i ended up having a section at 37 weeks.

A low placenta will very often move up and out of the way as your pregnancy progresses so there is a good chance that yours will. If it doesn't, please try not to be scared at the thought of a section - I was pooing myself to be honest, but it was fine and handled very calmly and professionally. Yes, it was painful for a while afterwards, but a friend who had a vaginal birth and 40-odd stitches said that stung a bit too!

Did the hospital tell you that a low placenta can cause bleeding? I had this and it can be sudden and pretty heavy, but painless. If this happens, go to hospital so they can monitor you.

Best of luck smile

TheFallenMadonna Wed 17-Sep-08 19:29:43

Yes and yes for me.

All fine by 34 weeks.

Littleface Wed 17-Sep-08 19:31:26

I had a low placenta at my 20 week scan but it had moved by my 36 week scan,still ended up with a section but for different reasons

osborne Wed 17-Sep-08 19:43:19

Mine was low at 20 weeks and fine by scan. Ditto a friend of mine.

Helley Wed 17-Sep-08 20:59:51

Excellent.....sounds fairly promising.

Thank you for your comments.....I suppose what will be will be.

Polly - no, they didn't tell me about bleeding but that's certainly something for me to watch out for.


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