Treatment for Placenta Previa
If a diagnosis of placenta previa was made at the anomaly
scan, doctors will advise the mother to take things
easy ie no exertion of any sorts. The obstetrician will
mostly likely order for additional ultrasounds through
the pregnancy, usually between weeks 32 and 34 weeks.
Treatment will hinge on the seriousness of the condition.
Doctors will usually look at the blood loss, the extent
of the placenta previa, age of the infant and if the
mother is already in labor.
Other issues due for considerations include baby's position
and the number of pregnancies prior to this one. If
the previa is partial, then bed rest with abstinence
from sexual activities, straining to pass a stool and
douching will be strongly advised. In the event of substantial
blood loss, blood transfusion along with medicines to
prolong the pregnancy to at least week 36 and delay
labor(after which baby can be safely delivered), and
medicines to help in the maturity of infant's lungs
will be administered. Both mother and baby will be closely
monitored at the hospital or home under the doctor's
If the placenta remains next to or above the cervix,
an elective c-section will likely be recommended. Since
vaginal delivery is too risky to both mother and baby,
mothers with this condition deliver babies through c-sections
to avoid all the risk associated with this condition.