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Is a scan @ 13 weeks too early to predict a Caesar?

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#1 Koobie83

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:10 PM


Had my first OB appointment this morning. He checked my NT scan done at 13 weeks and told me one of the notes was that my placenta was low lying. He didn't seem overly concerned with this and told me they can move up during the pregnancy as the uterus and baby grows and they will keep an eye out on it.

I'm 17 weeks now and my Morphology scan will be done in 3 weeks. I'm curious because not long after the NT scan I had a small bleed. I asked the OB whether this could have been the placenta moving - he said perhaps but they couldn't be sure.

So naturally.. I am curious. Has anyone else had this? Does this automatically mean placenta previa and a Caesar? Or is 13 weeks too early to say whether this is going to be an issue at all?

#2 strawberry blondes

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:15 PM

Too early I would think. My last pregnancy was similar and by 30 weeks it had moved.

#3 Bluenomi

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:25 PM

I had a low placenta at my 20 week scan. I just had another one at 36 weeks to check where it was and it was clear by then. 13 weeks is way to early to be getting worried

#4 mandala

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

Too early to worry. My OB said to imagine your uterus was a balloon. If you blow it up a little way, and put a mark right at the bottom, then blow it up all the way, you'll almost always find that the mark is now nowhere near the bottom - and it's the same with placentas.

#5 Velvetta

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:33 PM

In my 3rd I had a low one at 12 weeks and it stayed put, pp grade 3! 4th and 5th pregnancies the placenta was fine.There's no knowing. Hope it moves up for you, it's quite stressful. Just be thank ful I guess that the technology exists to see this. This was one of many major causes of mother and child death in childbirth for every century up to the last. sad.gif

KRT, sorry but that balloon analogy is just stupid, the growing uterus and where the placenta implants is nothing like a balloon being blown up.

Edited by Velvetta, 20 November 2012 - 02:34 PM.

#6 Soontobegran

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

The placenta doesn't really move from the wall of the uterus, it just gets further away from the cervix as the lower segment of the uterus forms so the bleed probably wasn't caused by the low lying placenta unless the placenta was noted as being covering the os and not just low.
13 weeks is way too early to be diagnosing PP and thinking C/S.

Lots of luck original.gif

#7 ceeshell

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:39 PM

It's too early. Mine was low lying all the way Til 32 weeks, then it was fine.

#8 Soontobegran

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:39 PM

QUOTE (Velvetta @ 20/11/2012, 03:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
KRT, sorry but that balloon analogy is just stupid, the growing uterus and where the placenta implants is nothing like a balloon being blown up.

It is not a stupid analogy Velvetta, the lower segment of the uterus is non existant until late second to third trimester when the uterus has increased in size.

#9 Natttmumm

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

ay too early, mine was low at 12 weeks and 15 weeks. It was not near the cervix by 19 weeks scan.

The obyn said at 12 weeks - it will most likely be fine

#10 Koobie83

Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:54 PM

Awesome advice everyone. Thank you!

#11 monkeys mum

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:34 PM

Mine was partialy covering the cervix around 14/16wks by 34wks it had moved just enough not to need a ceasar. I was also unlucky as i had quite a lot of bleeding so had quite a few hospital visits due to being a negative blood group and having the anti d. That was my second pregnancy and my third was no issues and this one i just have to wait and see.

#12 Nut

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:56 PM

With DS they said my placenta was low. At 14 weeks I had a bleed which they put down to a subchorionic haematoma down the bottom where it was very close to the cervix. By 20 weeks it was no where near the cervix.

It's too early to tell.

As a result of that NTS they made me see a OB after my morph scan and he looked at me and asked why on earth they did it (sent me to him). I said the midwife told me because it was on the report, protocol dictated that I needed to see an OB

#13 SeaPrincess

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:42 PM

I would say 13 weeks is too early.  At my morphology scan with DS2, I had a low-lying placenta which at that stage was completely occluding the internal cervix.  It had moved by 30 weeks and DS2 was delivered by VB.  I also had a bleed at about 23 weeks, which I think might have been the placenta coming away from the cervix, but like yours, my OB wouldn't say for sure (they did do scans and couldn't identify the source of the bleeding.)


#14 Lovingcountry

Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:00 PM

Agreed... way too early!  Two of my babies had the placenta blocking the cervix and later u/s in both showed they'd both moved up.  Beautiful natural births for both!

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