Low Lying Placenta: Facts You Should Know!


Normally, The upper half of the uterus is rich in blood vessels and thus the favoured spot for implantation. However, the foetus sometimes implants in the lower portion of the uterus. This is when you have a low lying placenta.


A low lying placenta is looked upon with fear and distrust by most women. That is because we rarely know the whole truth about this phenomenon. Most low lying placentas are diagnosed in the first trimester. They are often rectified later in the pregnancy. But some may not change till the last trimester.


Here are some facts that you must know about this pregnancy related risk factor-


- If you are in your first trimester of pregnancy and you have low lying placenta, then there is a strong possibility that it will move up. As the uterus expands upwards with time, the placenta will move up towards the upper half.


- You need to be careful and take rest but that does not mean you are strictly confined to the bed. You can move around as long as you do not strain yourself. But you surely should not lift any heavy weights.


- If you have low lying placenta in the first trimester, then there is no reason why your pregnancy should be declared high risk. Beyond the third trimester, low lying placenta is a cause of worry.


- The chances of preterm labour increases when you are in your last stage of pregnancy. However, if you take ample rest, there is nothing to worry about a premature delivery.


List of Do's and Don'ts-


  1. You need to drink as much water and fluids as you can. Fluids help the placenta to move upwards.
  2. You need to rest yourself to the fullest. Do not take any stress like long standing, climbing, walking, coitus, lifting heavy objects.
  3. You need to measure your steps when you have low lying placenta. Never get up with a start or sit down with a thud. You also need to walk carefully and make an deliberate attempt to walk slowly.
  4. Just be careful and follow the advice of your obstetrician. Many women are live witnesses of the fact that a low lying placenta can move up, so do not worry.
  5. Keep an eye on fetal movements everyday.
  6. Any kind of P/V leaking or spotting or bleeding or strong contractions or abdominal tightening, check with your OBG asap


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Hi mam
I am 6 week pregnent,doctor told that u dont have fetal pole,is there any chance for fetal pole for waiting 2 more weeks

Dr. Shilpitha Shanthappa

S Meena wait for 2 more weeks and get a rescan.. yes there are chances to develop..

Hello doctor Dr. Shilpitha Shanthappa .. I am also diagnosed with the same in recent ultrasound.. If in case it does not get alright then what are the problems?

Hello Dr. Shilpitha Shanthappa , i am a mother of 3yr old daughter. Due to excess breastfeeding, my prolactine level is increased to 55 . and so i am not getting my periods from last 1 year. Now i want to conceive again. Trying from last 2months but not getting positive result. What to do . is there any chances that i am not ovaluting at all. Please help

Megha Sharma firstly ask your doctor to suggest medicines to withdraw lactation.. after that you will have regular cycles and ovulation as well

Charu Nb if it wont go upwards then elective c- section is done

I wish I knew this before

I wish I knew this before

This is just in time

I am in the same situation. And my doctor too suggested me to avoid strain and and heavy lifting. She also informed me that there is a good chance the placenta may move upwards towards the 7th month. So i need not worry. Let's hope for the best.
Thanks Dr. Shilpitha Shanthappa;
I will start watching my movements more now.

Today I had my NT/NB done at week 13
Everything in normal expect the report is showing
B/L uterine arteries shows increased impedance
Bilaterally (suggesting probability of PIH in later pregnancy)
Plssss tell me what does it mean?

thanks for the informative article Dr .
i also got low posterioir placenta in 16th wk scan..doing wfh for next 3-4wks as suggested by doc..hoping to get it fine in my nxt scan...which scheduled on 18th wk ..thanks..

Hi madam I am 21 weeks pregnant and I also suffering from Low laying placenta my dr told me about placenta privia and I am on completely bedrest from last two months I am worried about my delivery is there any chance of normal delivery I am Mother of 11 years boy with normal delivery .......its long time difference that's y i am suffering from this problem i am so worried about my pregnancy.....is there any chance of normal delivery

Hi madam i am 15 weeks pregnant. From morning i am feeling little pain in my chest. I have to take long breath. What shall i do? Shall i go to doctor?

I wish I knew this before

Hello Dr shilpitha shanthappa, I am a 27 weeks pregnant and 4 Days and am having dry vaginal but not itching

Dr. Shilpitha Shanthappa I had my NT scanning yesterday and was told there is subchorionic hemorrhage in placenta measuring 9*8mm. Is it something to worry about?! I'm advised not even to walk by my family members and to take complete rest. Is it so?!.. Please advise.

I am now 30 week pregnant. My placenta is low lying position. In a week i have 2 time normal blooding. Dr. Told me that if its heavy blooding he should operate. Pls suggest some precautions to avoid blooding.

Hi dr am 18 weeks pregnant but my baby bump is not developing my weight is also constant, usg reports were fine till date, but am really worried as I don't have any kind of pregnancy symptoms in these days


I am 13week pregnant. I had two time bleeding during travel nd intercourse. Now i have been restricted and put to rest. Also getting ample amount of progesterone. What else i shud do so dat bleeding do not occur later. Very informative article doc mam.

Hello doctor
I am 8 weeks pregnant. But today I had one red dot and when I consulted to doctor then she said heartbeat stopped of baby so she ask me to bed rest for a week and it's possible after bed rest heart beat remain running ??

This is just in time

Very helpful...

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