15 Mar 2011 7 Comments
Last week, my doctor told me I have placenta previa based on my structural routine ultrasound. This means the placenta attaches and grows to cover the opening of the cervix.
There is a small chance that as my uterus grows during the pregnancy, it will pull the placenta up into the position it needs to be in. However, if it does not move during pregnancy, it would obviously eliminate the possibility of a normal birth, as the placenta would either block the baby from getting out or the placenta would come out first, which could cause life-threatening bleeding for me and my baby. Needless to say, I will need a c-section to bring my baby into the world. Though c-section was never my vision of birth, I can come to terms with it as long as my baby’s okay, I’ll do whatever needs to be done.
Another possible complication would be the risk of bleeding before the baby is ready to be born, and this is what we’re trying to avoid, as that could lead to bed rest and/or hospitalization for the remainder of my pregnancy. So for now, I’ve been being extra careful and haven’t been doing anything beyond the most basic tasks. Basically, I’m living a very sedentary life. It really sucks because I couldn’t lift Jordan! :(
I have to admit that I was very disappointed with this diagnosis but I believe that everything happens for a reason and that God will protect me and my baby throughout the pregnancy, labor and delivery. We are so blessed that our little Jelly B is doing great and I’m blessed to have a husband and parents who are so willing to do what needs to be done for me and the baby.
I will go back in five weeks for a follow-up ultrasound to see if there’s any change in the position of the placenta so I’m praying that we’ll see some movement!