- Abnormal bleeding, sometimes heavy
- Premature separation of the placenta from the uterus
- Premature birth
- Emergency cesarean (c-section) delivery
- Problems with penetration of the placenta into the uterine muscle or through the entire uterine wall
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- A scarred endometrium—the lining of the uterus
- A large placenta
- An abnormal uterus
- Abnormal formation of the placenta
- Have the condition checked regularly.
- Carefully follow any instructions you are given regarding bed rest and what to do if you have bleeding or contractions.
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
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Placenta previa. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 15, 2012. Accessed March 11, 2013.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 03/11/2013 -
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