Q. How to confirm placenta previa?

Answered by
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 21, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

My wife is pregnant and she is feeling of placenta previa. Occasionally, she also feels the pain. How to confirm that?



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  • Please also let me know how many weeks she is carrying now.
  • Send me the detailed information along with the USG (ultrasound) report.

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Hello doctor,

She is carrying 20th week. She feels that the placenta is very low and also she feels pain there.



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  • I have gone through the USG report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) which showed a live fetus with posterior placenta previa.
  • We do not diagnose or tell a woman having placenta previa or not until she has crossed 32 weeks.
  • Now, as it is a 17 weeks pregnancy, I must tell you there are 70 % chances that this placenta will migrate upwards.
  • In a scan near 32 weeks, if placenta is still low then it is placenta previa.
  • I think, you need not be worried about it until and unless there is bleeding per vagina. That is the only sign of placenta previa.
  • Pain is not at all a symptom of this. Pain could be due to other reasons like constipation, urine infection or even muscle pain. But, never due to placenta previa.

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