Placenta previa is a common pregnancy complication that happens in about 1 out of every 200 pregnancies. Board-certified OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist Sasha Davidson, MD, FACOG, works with women who have and are at risk for placenta previa at Signature Perinatal Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To find out how you and your baby can stay healthy with placenta previa, call or book an appointment online.
When you’re pregnant, the placenta is the structure that attaches to the wall of your uterus and connects to your baby through the umbilical cord. The placenta provides your baby with oxygen and nutrients and removes waste.
Most of the time, the placenta attaches to the upper part of your uterus so the cervix is clear. Placenta previa happens when the placenta partially or completely blocks the cervix. This can cause severe vaginal bleeding during pregnancy and delivery.
Placenta previa affects about 1 out of every 200 women during the third trimester of pregnancy. Certain factors may increase your risk of developing placenta previa, such as:
Having scar tissue on your uterus, such as from a previous Cesarean section or uterine fibroid removal, can also increase your risk of placenta previa.
The primary sign of placenta previa is bright red bleeding (spotting) without pain during the third trimester of your pregnancy. In some cases, women also have contractions with spotting.
Dr. Davidson may also discover a low-positioned placenta during an ultrasound. If you’re at higher risk of placenta previa or other pregnancy complications, you may need more ultrasounds and other prenatal tests than routine pregnancies require.
With Trice Imaging services, Dr. Davidson can easily send ultrasound images to your other medical subspecialists for consistent, collaborative care.
If you or your obstetrician suspect you have placenta previa, Dr. Davidson can help. She specializes in working with women who have placenta previa and other pregnancy risk factors.
There’s no cure for placenta previa, but Dr. Davidson works with you to control the bleeding and protect the health of you and your baby.
Before she develops a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Davidson first assesses your condition with a physical exam. The treatment she recommends depends on unique factors such as:
The goal of treatment is to get you as close as possible to your due date without risk of complications. In some cases, placenta previa resolves on its own before delivery. Other times, Dr. Davidson may recommend a Cesarean section to safely deliver your baby.
For expert care in managing placenta previa, call Signature Perinatal Center or book an appointment online today.