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Placenta Previa

Placenta Previa Causes

Placenta previa occurs when the placenta positions itself in the lower part of the uterus and then grows covering the cervix. Placenta previa may be attributed to large placenta, scars in the endometrium, and an abnormally shaped uterus.

Placenta Previa Definition

Placenta previa is a pregnancy complication, wherein the placenta positions itself in the lower part of the uterus and grows therein to block the cervix, which may result to vaginal bleeding before or during delivery.

Placenta Previa Diagnosis

This condition is diagnosed either through examination, after an episode of vaginal bleeding, or through ultrasound, during a routine prenatal check-up.

Placenta Previa Symptoms and Signs

The main symptom of placenta previa is painless, bright red vaginal bleeding usually occurring in the latter trimester of the pregnancy. There are instances when women with this condition experiences contractions with bleeding.

Placenta Previa Treatment

The treatment for placenta previa is dependent on a number of factors, such as the health of the mother, and the unborn. For little or no bleeding, home bed rest may suffice. Bed rest in the hospital, a blood transfusion, and other medications (to prevent premature birth), may be necessary if the placenta previa causes severe bleeding. For profuse bleeding, an emergency C-section, may be needed.

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