|Perfect Little Rupert|
So, what does this mean? In many placenta previa cases, the placenta will slowly, throughout the pregnancy, move away from the cervix, migrating north in the uterus. The doctors feel that in my situation this is very unlikely. The worries with placenta previa are that any tear of the placenta from the cervix or uterine wall can cause bleeding, and that even without the bleeding, the exit door for the baby is completely blocked by the placenta. So, this means a few practical things for me. Firstly, it means that I will almost definitely have a scheduled c-section a few weeks before my due date, in order to avoid the risk of going into labor and causing serious bleeding. It also means that in the meantime, in an effort to avoid any tearing, I am barred from many activities (exercising, lifting anything heavy, any vaginal exams, etc). Most importantly, this means I can't lift Ezra. I have NO idea how that is going to happen. It's been only a few hours and that directive is already seemingly excruciating.
I have had no bleeding in this pregnancy, and my doctors have lots of reason to believe that I will reach my c-section date without incident. I will meet with my OB tomorrow for further details. Any questions you think I should ask? Please comment below.
*In utero, Ezra was referred to as "Harlan." Extra credit for posting in the comments why each "fetus name" was chosen.