PlacentaYou’ve had an ultrasound and the doctor says you have an anterior placenta. What does that mean?

The placenta is the organ that connects the baby to your uterus. It transfers nutrients, fights internal infections and helps you produce hormones for a healthy pregnancy.

Typically, the placenta stays toward the back of the uterus and closer to the spine. That’s a posterior position, but an anterior placenta is closer to the front of your body.

This isn’t a problem for your baby, but it can complicate the process of monitoring your pregnancy. It might make it harder to hear fetal heart sounds or conduct an amniocentesis test. And you may not feel your baby’s first kicks because the placenta acts as a cushion between the fetus and the top of your stomach.

An anterior placenta may also increase your risk for gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced hypertension, and some women with an anterior placenta experience more back labor.

An anterior placenta lying low in the uterus could also block the cervix. If it stays in that position you may require a caesarian section, but the placenta can migrate upward as the baby grows and the uterus stretches.

If you’ve been diagnosed with an anterior placenta you should avoid any sudden movements like forward bends or twists and exercise only if your doctor allows it. Your regular schedule of pre-natal checkups will allow your doctor to keep track of the situation and suggest any other steps to ensure a safe delivery.

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