Placenta Praevia

Hi Ladies! I wanted to share something that may or may not have impacted where my minion implanted, but it is definitely something I wish I had avoided while TTC. At my u/s at 22 weeks it was determined that I have a praevia - my placenta is attatched low in my uterus and is partially covering my cervix. I am getting rechecked at 28 weeks and we are hoping that my uterus will stretch in such a way that it will pull my placenta up and away from the cervix. If it does not I will not be allowed to dilate as it will cause hemorrhaging. I will be scheduled for a cesarean delivery at 36 weeks. If I begin to dilate before then, baby comes out.... Because I'm a geek I of course researched this. Where my placenta attatched could just be dumb luck. Women over 35 have an increasing risk of having a praevia, but I also found alcohol consumption is a factor. What I haven't been able to find is how much alcohol and when. I know I had a glass of wine 7 days before I got my BFP because I was out with my friend for her birthday. I don't remember if I had any others during my TWW. I'm a very light drinker when I'm not pregnant so that may have been my only glass. It may not factor into this pregnancy but I will not be drinking on my TWW with my next and wanted to share. Good luck, Ladies!
Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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NicoleJuliette
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 Oh Claire so good to know and thank you for coming to share. I know we've had this discussion on here before and I've been going back and forth on the issue myself. Looks like I'm back to alcohol free during TWW, there's just too much unknown. FX that everything smoothly, keep us updated!

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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As a nurse, I can't turn up the opportunity to look into some research when there is a possible correlation between two things!

As such, I looked into published studies about whether or not alcohol plays a factor in planceta previa. The short answer is that all studies found there was no link between alcohol and placenta previa. (There was a link with alcohol and placental abruption but these were with women who were drinking 1-5+ drinks/week throughout their pregnancy, and it was a 33% risk). 

Just in case anyone is wondering the proven risk factors are: "Maternal risk factors include a history of PP, previous cesarean delivery, prior induced or recurrent abortions, history of dilatation and curettage, multiple pregnancies and/or births, closely-spaced pregnancies, endometriosis, erythroblastosis (i.e., presence of erythroblasts in the blodd), smoking, defective vascularization of the decidua, maternal age > 30 years, lower socioeconomic status, and cocaine use. PP may be more common in pregnancies with male fetuses"

So what I'm getting at here is DO NOT beat yourself up or feel bad about this!!! This is in no way something that you contributed to or could have avoided by not having that drink! 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything turns out well, please keep us updated!!!!!!!

 

 

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm
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 I would love to see those studies!  It's interesting because my sister who is also an RN found the ones that say it can contribute to praevia......

 

I guess this is truly one of those things we will never know for sure, but I figured it didn't hurt to share in case it does have an impact, however small.

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm
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 If you PM me your email I can send you PDF files! I can't post links because they are from peer-reviewed journal databases where you need to login to gain access but I can download the PDF and send it (it's silly, I know!), if you would like some light reading! :P

It definitely is one of those things where you can never really pinpoint the cause, but as long as you and baby are healthy, I think that is all that matters! Thank you for sharing your situation, and I hope this can be informative to lots of other ladies on here! It sure was for me as it gave me a chance to learn quite a bit on the subject!

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm

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