Placenta Previa

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Placenta Previa

Placenta Previa
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I wonder if anyone can help me. I remember Francois talking about Viparita Karani being very helpful for encouraging the placenta to move up if it was low. As the placenta adheres to part of the uterine muscle that, as it grows, pulls the placenta has left me wondering at what stage the placenta adheres in a fixed way and if it can still move later in any independent fashion? Would it ever be contraindicated to work with someone who has placenta previa?

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Sun, Mar 11 2007 7:23 PM In reply to

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Hi Sandi,

Apologies for late reply but since I am named in your posting I thought I'd better reply late than not. There does not seem to be a consensus among Gynae/obstetricians about when the placenta takes on a fixed position, but it's worth continuing to seek an answer. What I have found over the years is that a) if the placenta is truly previa (covering the cervix) after 28 weeks there is no hope of moving it; b) if the placenta is sowewhat low on the right hand side, supported inversions with slow breathing seem to be effective in avoiding placenta previa; c) that women who have been told that they have a low lying placenta tend to be (rightly) anxious about it and therefore it is worth recommending a lot of breathing practice because at best this will work (together with the supported inversion) but at any rate this will contribute to a calmer outlook; d) so it's important that women do not get stuck with a label of placenta previa but that they find out from the scan exacly how low the placenta is and how it's lying, perhaps just a low tip is causing worry rather than the bulk of the placenta and then from a yoga perspective there is much more scope for positive results. Perhaps we could have a helpline with someone like Ina May (Gaskin) as she must have dealt with lots of cases of low lying placentas on the Farm and find out what she says.

If someone has a true placenta previa, there is a risk of bleeding and I would be careful to avoid strong standing poses and squats. But these cases are very rare, in all my years of teaching I have only come across a few. My father was born with a true placenta previa, that came out first; French midwives say that such babies are born 'with a hat on' and will be very lucky. There was no bleeding. I think the main reason why placenta previa is feared is the risk of haemorrhage for both mother and baby.

Looking forward to finding out more on this topic