What is Placenta Previa?

The condition Placenta Previa is when your baby’s placenta is “partially covering” or “completely covering” your cervix. (Yes, there are different levels of Previa). When women have to deal with Placenta Previa, this isn’t all they’re going to deal with when they’re going through with their pregnancy. The placenta covering the cervix is only the physical part. In my experience, along with many others, this is a devastating condition (mentally, as well). Not for all, but for most. Okay, here is a trigger warning so in case you have suffered dearly from this condition be aware there are some things mentioned that may be a trigger. Beware.

Not to alarm you with what you’re about to read, but it’s the truth: some women, depending on their placental grade and their own health condition; some women have to have a hysterectomy, organ repairs, loss of their baby, there’s a chance of losing too much blood and well, there could be many outcomes. We all want a positive outcome after any pregnancy, of course. Then, there are those individuals where the placenta clears and they can have a perfect delivery (what is a perfect delivery anyway?). Placenta previa, according to the doctors, can be a very common diagnosis (not cool though, right?). Well, for any expectant mother, this is definitely something you never want to hear.  

Here is one example: You and your husband (partner), want to have a baby. You get pregnant. You’re ecstatic. You tell everyone the amazing news. You can’t wait to celebrate and enjoy all the wonderful things pregnancy and motherhood have to offer (Right?). Let me just insert here the many different other cases of parents not mentioned trying to get pregnant or dealing with many other different factors. Anyway, it took my husband and me roughly five months to conceive. My first anxious moment happened as early, at 6 weeks. At such an early time in my pregnancy, everything was a whirlwind. I had what was called a subchorionic hemorrhage. I think it’s also known as “Chorionic hematoma”. And then, what? Well, the incredible “Birth Plan” you think you had has “potentially” gone out the window. Many expectant mothers want to deliver naturally, (eh, maybe not all), but now, that pregnancy’s going to have to be monitored, very closely. (Just Great!) 

Anyhow, back to Placenta Previa. There are several different levels or grades of Previa. Depending on your placental abruption, as your pregnancy progresses, your doctor will keep you up to date on how and when to deliver. I’m not going to get into all those details since I’m not a doctor. The knowledge I have and what I know is all from my personal experience. I do not want to scare you away from this situation as I know what it’s like.

Unfortunately, at this time there is no treatment on how to stop or prevent this condition. (Hey, and if there is, and I don’t know about it, please reach out to me and let me know). In case you don’t know, with placenta previa in a large number of cases, a cesarean is needed to safely deliver the baby. A C-section is needed, because of the placenta being so close or even covering part of your cervix, it’s a problem, because that’s where the baby makes its exit. The cervix is the opening to the birth canal. So, yaaaay! Now you know a little bit about Placenta Previa.  

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