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FAQs on Placenta Praevia | Placenta Abruption - What you should know
  Understanding the Placenta
  What is Placenta Previa?
  The symptoms and the Complications of Placenta previa
  What causes Placenta Previa?
  Treatment for Placenta Previa
  What is Placenta Abruption and its symptoms?
  What causes Placenta Abruption?
  Treatment for Placenta Abruption
  Final Words about Placenta Abruption

What is Placenta Previa?

It is a condition where the placenta lies low to the point of obstructing the cervix marginally, partially or fully. Low-lying placenta is a variation in that the placenta does not cover the internal os at all, but is a safe distance away from the cervix. Fortunately most 'low-lying' placenta cases do not progress into placenta previa. Fortunately, any problems with the placenta happening within 20 weeks of pregnancy can be detected at the anomaly scan performed at the 20th week of pregnancy.

Marginal previa means the cervix is covered marginally; partial means the placenta covers the opening quite a bit and complete previa means the cervix is totally covered. At the start of the pregnancy the placenta may be low-lying but usually makes a shift upwards as the belly expands and with time moves away from the cervix completely, especially towards term. In the case of a previa, the placenta stays lodged at the cervix even as the pregnancy progresses. In a favorable situation, the placenta moves upwards with the advancement of the pregnancy.

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