I have an Anterior Placenta…

So at my last OB appt my Ob indicaated that I had an anterior placenta.  The term “anterior placenta” refers to the location of the placenta within your uterus. Most of the time, a fertilized egg will situate itself in the posterior uterus — the part closest to your spine, which is where the placenta eventually develops, too. Sometimes, though, the egg implants on the opposite side of the uterus, closest to your abdomen. When the placenta develops, it grows on the front (or anterior) side of your uterus, with the baby behind it.

Does the location of your placenta make any difference? Not to your baby, who doesn’t care which side of the uterus he or she is lying on, and it certainly makes no difference to him or her where the placenta lies. And what about to you —  or your practitioner? You might be less able to feel your baby’s early kicks and punches because the placenta will serve as a cushion between your baby and your tummy. For the same reason, your doctor or midwife may find it a bit harder to hear fetal heart sounds. These situations will resolve if the placenta moves into a more posterior position later on (as anterior placentas commonly do). But the good news here is that, despite those slight inconveniencies, an anterior placenta in and of itself poses no risk to your health.

I was kinda bummed that I would feel the baby less but I still feel the baby move around in there and I pick up the heartbeat with my home doppler so I am not too worried.

 

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2 comments on “I have an Anterior Placenta…
  1. nonsequiturchica says:

    I have an anterior placenta as well and don’t worry- you can still feel tons of kicks and squirming (it just took a little longer). My doctor has never had a problem finding the heartbeat on the doppler.

  2. JustHeather says:

    I too had an anterior placenta. It took me almost 18 weeks until I felt movement and maybe I felt movement less or not as strongly, but there was nothing wrong with my pregnancy at all because of it. 🙂 I too found the heartbeat on my own and the nurses never had issues either.

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