Can a low lying placenta harm my baby?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Simply having the placenta in a low lying position but not on the edge of the cervix, should not interfere with normal growth and development of the baby, especially if there's no bleeding or other health condition present. The placenta should be able to function as normally in this position. You may be scheduled for additional ultrasounds, though. Your doctor will want to keep a close eye on the position of the placenta as well as on your baby's growth.

A low-lying placenta has the ability to harm the baby but that's usually in severe cases, with additional circumstances.

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