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The placenta is an organ that provides nutrients to a growing fetus through the umbilical cord. During the early stages of pregnancy, the placenta moves around to accommodate the growing baby and womb. During this stage, it generally lies in the lower part of the uterus, until the womb gets bigger and it moves to the top. By the third trimester, the placenta should be at the top, away from the cervix and secured to the uterine wall.
Placenta previa is not a common condition, it affects 1 out of every 200 pregnancies. However, when it does occur, it can lead to birth injuries and health complications for both mother and baby.
Placenta previa occurs when the placenta does not make it's way to the top of the uterus. Instead, it stays in the lower part, either partially or completely blocking the cervix. This can be dangerous because in order for a baby to be born, the exit through the cervix must be clear.
There are a number of factors that contribute to placenta previa. In many instances, it is caused by uterine factors. There may be scarring in the tissues that line the cervix due to a previous C-section delivery or D & C procedure. The scar tissue increases the risk of placenta previa.
However, there are other factors that can contribute to the condition. Some of these include:
First of all, there are 3 types of placenta previa. These are:
Most pregnant women have an ultrasound between 16-20 weeks pregnant. In addition to other things, the location of the placenta is checked at this time. When a woman has had previous complications, or has other health problems, her physician should check to make sure the placenta is not settling in the wrong place.
When placenta previa does occur, some women experience vaginal bleeding with or without cramps. In some cases, there are no physical symptoms at all. Only when an ultrasound is performed, is the placenta previa detected.
One of the major risks associated with placenta previa is heavy bleeding. A pregnant woman may experience major bleeding well before it is safe to deliver her baby. In this case, the baby may need to be delivered before the vital organs have matured enough to survive outside the womb. This can put an infant at risk for many life-threatening health problems.
A physician should always monitor a pregnant woman closely, especially when there may be risk factors for placenta previa. When the issue is detected early, there may be things that can be done to keep it from getting worse. However, when a doctor fails to detect, monitor or treat a pregnant woman that develops placenta previa, he or she should be held accountable.
Some of the risks and complications associated with placenta previa for an infant include:
Some of the maternal health risks include:
If you or a loved one have suffered complications due to placenta previa, contact Willens Law Offices today. If you or your baby has been injured due to incompetent medical professionals or out of sheer negligence, it make sense to speak with our birth injury attorneys.
To discuss your case and schedule your FREE consultation, call us at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form. Physicians should have the experience, training, and knowledge necessary to handle any birth complications that arise. You should not have to bear the cost of injuries due to the mistake of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider.
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