The placenta develops in a female uterus amid pregnancy. This sac-like structure furnishes the developing infant with nourishment and oxygen. It likewise expels waste items from the infant’s blood. Amid pregnancy, the placenta moves as the uterus extends and develops. It is normal for the placenta to be low in the uterus in right on time pregnancy.

In any case as the pregnancy proceeds with, the placenta regularly moves to the highest point of the uterus. By the third trimester, the placenta ought to be close to the highest point of the womb, so the cervix has a clear path for delivery.

In the event that the placenta attaches to the lower part of the uterus, it can cover part or the majority of the cervix (the passage to the womb) and this is a condition known as placenta previa, or low-lying placenta. This condition can result in serious bleeding before or amid labor along with various other risks.

low lying placenta and risk associated

Following are some of the major risks that are associated with the condition of low lying placenta.


If diagnosed with placenta previa, you would most likely face an excess loss of blood during pregnancy or labor. Though they are pretty painless, but bleeding always results in loss of nutrition of the growing fetus. However, it needs medical attention immediately as prolonged bleeding could lead to severe blood loss that often results to haemorrhage and could become life threatening both for you and your newborn baby.

Placenta Accreta

This is a rare complication that is associated with placenta previa or low lying placenta, in which the placenta embeds itself too deeply inside the wall of the uterus. Thus it might happen that during delivery, the placenta remains inside the uterus rather than coming out with the baby. This causes loss of severe blood and the onslaught of pain in case you are having a C-section. It might often prompt the doctor to remove your uterus all together.

Vasa Praevia

This is another one of those rare complications associated with placenta previa where the blood vessels from the umbilical cord pass through membranes covering your cervix. As these membranes are not insured against the umbilical cord, these too result in severe blood loss. However, the little risk that comes from this puts the life of the baby at risk rather than the conceiving mother. It directly affects the baby’s heart rate. During such complications it is wise to have your baby under C-section. However, it is a very rare case, so you need not worry too much.

Specialists will choose how to treat your placenta previa focused around the degree of complication and risks involved, the month of your pregnancy, the child’s health, and the position of the placenta and the infant. The amount of bleeding, on the other hand, is the principle thought when a specialist is settling on a choice on the most proficient method to treat the condition.