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Anterior Placenta

What Is An Anterior Placenta?

The anterior placenta is located on the front of the uterus.  The placenta is responsible for transferring baby oxygen and all the nutrients for the development of the baby while growing in your womb. 

The anterior placenta means that your placenta is positioned on the front wall of your womb.  When the placenta growth at the front of the baby its refers to the anterior placenta.

When And How Is Anterior Placenta Detected?

During the 20th week, an anomaly scan is done by your routine checkup to find the position of the placenta. The sonographer will be able to detect if its an anterior or posterior placenta. In rare cases, the placenta might be embedded in the left or right wall of the uterus. 

Are There Any Risks To Your Baby When The Placenta Lies In Front?

In most cases having an anterior placenta won’t cause any issues for you or your baby.  If the placenta lies in the middle of your baby and belly, it can cause some difficulty. 

How Is Having An Anterior Placenta Different From A Posterior Placenta?

  • Being able to feel the baby move will be quite difficult. 
  • The doctor will have difficult assessing the fetal heartbeat.

Are There Any Signs of An Anterior Placenta?

There are no signs of an anterior placenta. The sonographer will detect where the placenta is located with the scan. 

When Do You Feel Fetal Movement With An Anterior Placenta?

Every pregnancy varies when they feel the first movements from their baby having an anterior placenta.

Many women that have the placenta in front of the uterus start feeling movements during the 22nd-24th weeks.  Expects to feel more movement in the third trimester. 

Possible Complications Associated With The Anterior Placenta?

If you’re experiencing an anterior placenta, the doctor will start monitoring with ultrasounds. The ultrasounds will be conducted between the weeks 32 and 36 to see the exact location.

The most common complications are:

  • Low lying placenta 
  • Back labor

Having A C-section With An Anterior Placenta

If the placenta is lying low in the front of the uterus, it will be difficult to have a c-section delivery.   The doctor will perform a scan to identify the exact location of the placenta to avoid any bleeding or additional complications. 

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