An Anterior Placenta in pregnancy (and how HeraBeat can help)

An Anterior Placenta in pregnancy (and how HeraBeat can help)

The placenta is a fascinating and wondrous organ. In fact, it is the only organ in the mammalian body that is created for a specific purpose, and then is dispelled once. An anterior placenta is quite common in pregnancy and will not usually be a cause for concern. Some mistakenly associate an anterior placenta with placenta praevia or a low-lying placenta.
This is when the placenta covers all, or part of the cervix. The 20-week morphology ultrasound and is worth taking note of. Be sure to ask the sonographer or the person conducting the scan where your placenta is. If the scan confirms that your placenta is in fact anterior, you will have the knowledge and tools to avoid unnecessary worry, through understanding how this may affect your pregnancy.

Some screening tests can be more difficult to perform with an anterior placenta. For example, an amniocentesis. An amniocentesis is not standard practice, and is only offered to women whose tests have shown high risk for conditions, like Down’s syndrome. The anterior placenta may be in the way of the instrument to conduct the testing, but an ultrasound scan will ensure that it is conducted as safely as possible.

An anterior placenta can mean that there is a higher chance of baby’s back being aligned with your spine. This is referred to as a posterior position and can sometimes be attributed to the placement of the anterior placenta, taking up more room in the front, and in turn affecting the baby’s positioning. It can cause some discomfort and back pain. Most babies will turn as labour progresses, but 5% – 8% do not turn from the posterior position. Please speak to a Physiotherapist, Massage Therapist, Chinese Medicine practitioner or healthcare professional to seek assistance with easing the pain. You can also use such resources as the Spinning Babies website to help turn baby into the optimal position.

An anterior placenta nourishes your baby, just as a posterior one would. However, it can sometimes be more difficult to feel baby’s movements. Because there is a thick layer resting between your baby and the uterus, it acts as a buffer and the kicks may become less pronounced. Mothers feel movements from 16 weeks to 24 weeks. Therefore, even with an anterior placenta, if you cannot feel baby by week 24, speak to you midwife or obstetrician. It is important to use your instinct and intuition, and to learn baby’s movement patterns. These patterns start at about 28-32 weeks and should stay the same up until you give birth. Speak to your midwife or obstetrician if these patterns change.

 

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Using HeraBEAT with an anterior placenta

 

The HeraBEAT device offers state-of-the-art doppler technology to listen to your baby’s heartbeat, even with an anterior placenta. If you would like to connect with your baby more often by listening to his/her heartbeat, and find it difficult to connect through feeling movements, HeraBEAT can be used to listening in and connect.
Please note – when using the device in the comfort of your own home, do not use it as a means to replace clinic visits, unless your obstetric/antenatal clinics are connected through HeraCARE. Encourage your Obstetrician/antenatal clinics/hospital to reach out to HeraBEAT  to learn more about the new Digital Pregnancy Monitoring Platform, providing a new model of care for women throughout pregnancy.

 

For more information, Here’s a video of how it works:

References:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/rfm-infographic.pdf
https://www.kickscount.org.uk/anterior-placenta
https://spinningbabies.com/learn-more/baby-positions/posterior/
https://spinningbabies.com/rotating-a-posterior-baby-in-pregnancy/
https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/anterior-placenta

 

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