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Low Lying Placenta

There is so much information out there about low lying placentas and none of it was right for me. I wanted to share my experience for those of you looking for help and information.

At my 18 week ultrasound, I was told my placenta was about 2cm from my cervix. Nothing to worry about, they said. It will migrate up. Placentas almost always migrate up. Okay, no problem, no worries. I, for once, didn’t worry. Everything I read online said most likely my placenta would migrate up.

Imagine my surprise when I went for my 28 week ultrasound and found that my low lying placenta was now 2.1cm from my cervix. Oooohhhh… a whole .1cm of movement. And then, my family doctor was so worried she insisted I see an OB.

They said if I have a low lying placenta, I could bleed in labor and delivery. I could hemorrage. This worried me. But, I kept the faith. I kept hoping that it would change. I prayed.

I went for another ultrasound when I was 36 weeks. Finally, improvement! The prayers had worked. My placenta was now over 4cm away from my cervix!! This was perfect! Of course, they did find that the baby wasn’t as big as they’d like her, ending up labelling her “IUGR” and that led to a whole other set of problems… but the placenta problem had resolved.

If the ultrasound technician hadn’t told me to get another ultrasound when I hit my 3rd trimester, I would have waited until I was closer to my due date to have it, sparing myself the weeks of worrying after that 28 week ultrasound.

So, for all those wondering if your placenta will migrate later on in pregnancy, I am proof that it IS possible. It can migrate after 28 weeks. Don’t let an early ultrasound prevent you from delivering at home or even vaginally. Insist on having an ultrasound around 37 weeks instead.