Placenta Praevia is where the placenta grows low in the uterus, near to, or covering the cervix – potentially blocking the baby’s way out. Placenta praevia occurs in approximately 5% of pregnancies and should be checked if you experience any bleeding after 20 weeks. Diagnosis of Placenta Praevia is made with an ultrasound scan.
Depending on the severity, you may need a Caesarian Section to deliver your baby.
Read more about Placenta Praevia on the Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website.
Placenta Accreta occurs when the placenta grows deeply into the muscular uterus wall. It occurs in approximately 0.2% of pregnancies. It is diagnosed on ultrasound scan and is clinically suspected when the placenta implants on an old uterine scar.
Serial ultrasound scans will determine the best time to deliver and an early delivery by caesarean section with a hysterectomy is usually required.
Read more about Placenta Accreta on the Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website.