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Pregnancy Complications

What are the treatment options for a low lying placenta?

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  • A low lying placenta, by itself, my not require any treatment. If it is early in your pregnancy, before the twentieth week, then there is a good chance that the placenta will shift into an upward position as your uterus expands. If the placenta stays at a low lying position but is not near enough to the cervix to be classified as placenta previa, then you might want to talk to your doctor about whether or not you will need to refrain from exercise or too much activity and sexual intercourse, things that can prompt bleeding. Some women with a low lying placenta may experience bleeding proceeding a delivery, so make sure to talk to your doctor about the course of action if that may be the case.

  • ADeborah Raines, MSN, Nursing, answered on behalf of Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)

    There is no direct treatment for a low lying placenta. However there are treatments to prevent the two most common complications of a low lying placenta: bleeding and pre-term labor. To prevent these problems some women are placed on bed rest or limited activity. Especially activities that result in bouncing or jarring of the lower abdomen need to be avoided. Similarly some women need to refrain from sexual intercourse, or the use of rectal suppositories or vaginal douches/suppositories. The degree of restriction depends on whether or not the woman is experiencing any vaginal bleeding or pre-term labor.

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