Low Placenta?

Hi ladies,


At my 20wk appt and anatomy scan yesterday I was told the placenta is very low and that it should move up as the uterus expands, but they will check again between 28-32 weeks. Its not covering the cervix, so its not placenta previa... Of course now that I've googled it, I'm a little worried.  I had a caesarian 18 months ago and I guess this is more common after that.


Also, the doc told me he didn't think I needed to do the glucose screen this time around because it wasn't an issue last time... anyone else ever been told that?


The doctors office is now doing an internal exam at 20 weeks to measure the length of the cervix to check for signs of preterm labor.  That's new too.  I totally wasn't prepared to have to drop my pants. lol

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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I wouldn't worry about a low placenta yet at 20 weeks.  It should ride up as the uterus expands.   I think its fairly normal.  But its good that they're keeping track of it. 


As for the glucose test, I'm not sure.  I would think that they still should do the test, anything could have changed between pregnancies, especially diet.  If you want one, I dont see how they can deny you that. 


ANd that last bit is surprising.  I haven't had to any internal exams with my OB at all. 

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 3:14 am
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Posted on February 9, 2013 at 4:10 am
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I had a friend that had full on placenta previa at 20 weeks but by 30ish weeks it had sorted itself out. I know with a previous c-section they are looking to make sure it isn't attached over your scar so they want it to be high and in the back if you are trying for a vbac. If it was anterior and low then they might be concerned it was over your scar.

My midwives give you the option to opt out of the GD testing for second pregnancies if you are low risk. I think I was considered regular risk because I am over 30 but I probably would have done it anyways. I do know one mom that didn't have it with her first and had it now with her second and she would have been considered low risk except for her age.

And no idea about the internal exams. I'll get my first one at 40 weeks if I haven't delivered but if you had preterm labor before or miscarriages I know they check more.
Posted on February 9, 2013 at 8:53 am
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yeah I was surprised about the internal exam... no preterm labor or miscarriages before.... wonder if it was because of the placenta and previous caesarian.... I'll have to ask my doc next month.  I didn't see her this time, it was another doc in the practice.  He's awesome and my DH actually prefers him to my doctor, but I'm interested to here her take on it because she usually gives me a heads up if something like that is coming up at a future appointment.  She didn't mention it at all last month.

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 10:54 am
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My OB said that I would be having Transvaginal U/S's more often than not throughout the pregnancy since my cervix could be considered 'unpredictable'. I had a LEEP procedure about 2 yrs ago (I had cancerous cells on my cervix that were removed). Ultimately it would could lead to pre-term labor. But he gave me the heads up at least. But to be caught off guard... awkward...


I personally would to the Glucose test. Only because if it causes an issue, you could have avoided it if you knew... Like dorkmeetsnerd said, all pregnancies can differenciate from one another.

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 4:30 am

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