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Placenta Previa

Treatments for Placenta Previa

There are no treatment options that can alter the position of the placenta in the uterus. Instead, treatments for placenta previa after diagnosis usually involve additional ultrasound examinations to track the exact location of the placenta and determine the degree to which the cervix is covered. If the fetus has gestated for more than 36 weeks, it may be necessary to deliver the baby early, and in most placenta previa cases, a Cesarean section is required.

In cases in which an early delivery is not required, prescribed treatments for placenta previa may include reducing activities, best rest or pelvic rest (i.e., no sex, tampons or douching). Mothers with placenta previa should not place anything in their vaginas. 

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