Have you been informed that your placenta is “low-lying”? Curious about how to naturally shift your placenta upwards? We’ve got all the information you need. Have you been informed that your placenta is “low-lying”?
If so, you might be curious about how to naturally shift the placenta upwards. The great news is, there’s no need to worry! All you need to do is continue attending your antenatal appointments.
Let’s explore what’s happening in more detail.
- 1 What is a low-lying placenta?
- 2 What are the chances the placenta will move up?
- 3 In which week does the placenta move up?
- 4 How long does it take for the placenta to move up?
- 5 How should I sleep if my placenta is low-lying?
- 6 Factors Influencing Placenta Movement Speed
- 7 Sleeping and Sitting Positions with Low-Lying Placenta
- 8 Types
- 9 What are the precautions for Low-Lying Placenta?
- 10 FAQ
- 10.1 Can a low-lying placenta cause complications during pregnancy?
- 10.2 How common is it for a low-lying placenta to move up on its own?
- 10.3 When does usually move up in pregnancy?
- 10.4 What factors influence the speed of placenta movement?
- 10.5 Are there specific sleeping or sitting positions that can help move a low-lying placenta?
- 10.6 What should I do if my placenta doesn’t move up by the end of my pregnancy?
- 10.7 How can I monitor the position of my placenta during pregnancy?
- 11 Conclusion
What is a low-lying placenta?
The placenta is an organ that develops within your womb during pregnancy. It provides all the nutrients your baby requires and collects their waste for disposal. Usually, it forms at the top or sides of your womb, ensuring it is out of the way when your baby is ready to be born.
However, in some instances, it grows at the bottom of your womb instead. If it is less than two centimetres (about three-quarters of an inch) from your cervix, it is referred to as a “low-lying placenta.”
You might also come across terms such as “anterior low-lying placenta” and “posterior low-lying placenta.” These are simply more specific ways of describing the placenta’s location. If it is attached to the front of the womb, it is “anterior.”
If it is attached to the back, it is “posterior.” If the placenta is partially covering the opening of the cervix, it is called “placenta praevia.” And if it completely covers the opening, it is known as “complete (or major) praevia.”
What are the chances the placenta will move up?
A 2014 study examined 1,500 women diagnosed with a low-lying placenta in their second trimester. In 98% of cases, the placenta had shifted upwards on its own before the birth. So if you’ve been informed you have a low-lying at 12 weeks, try not to be concerned. The odds are, it will move by itself well before it can cause any issues.
In which week does the placenta move up?
Frequently, the placenta moves naturally as the uterus expands. Additionally, can shift around the uterus in search of a richer blood supply. (Somewhat eerie, but also, astonishing, what an intelligent organ!)
This occasionally occurs as the attachments between the placenta and your uterus break down and reattach in different locations. Regrettably, there’s nothing you can do to influence this. The exact timing of when it happens varies from mother to mother.
However, that 2014 study found that in 84% of cases, had moved up by week 32 of pregnancy. And although in 1.6% of cases the placenta didn’t move, all those babies were safely delivered via caesarean section.
How long does it take for the placenta to move up?
Placentas shift at varying rates, depending on their initial position.
(Extraordinary, isn’t it?!)
It typically moves quickest if it’s covering only part of the cervix and is attached to the front of your uterus (anterior partial placenta praevia). The next fastest is a low-lying that’s not covering part of the cervix. The slowest is a placenta covering part of the cervix and attached to the back of the uterus (posterior partial placenta praevia).
However, every pregnancy is unique. The crucial aspect is to attend all your antenatal appointments and ultrasounds, allowing your doctor to monitor how things are progressing.
How should I sleep if my placenta is low-lying?
Your placenta will move (or not) on its own, so there’s no need to lie in any specific position. And if you’re curious about the best sitting position for a low-lying, the answer is the same. Sit or lie in whichever way you feel most comfortable.
If you’ve been informed you have a low-lying placenta, try to stay calm. In nearly all instances, your body knows how to shift the placenta upwards naturally.
In the worst-case scenario, if persistently refuses to move, you may need to go on bed rest and have your baby delivered via caesarean section. The crucial aspect is to attend all your antenatal appointments. This will enable your doctor to monitor the situation as your pregnancy progresses.
In This text I provide insights on promoting healthy positioning of the placenta during pregnancy. This information could be particularly helpful for those concerned about a certain condition often associated with hormonal imbalances and abdominal discomfort.
Good luck, mum!
Theodore is a prolific author at Fischer Institute, known for his insightful articles on health and nutrition. His expertise spans a wide range of topics, from the benefits of traditional foods to the latest in health trends, always aiming to educate and empower readers towards better wellbeing.