【Pregnancy Complications】Low-lying placenta
Placenta previa is a rare pregnancy complication that occurs if the placenta attaches to the bottom part of a woman’s uterine wall, partially or completely covering the cervix. When it occurs, it usually happens during the second or third trimester.
Some women have a low-lying placenta in early pregnancy, however. A doctor will monitor the condition. But often the placenta moves to the appropriate place without any intervention.
Placenta previa becomes a more serious condition in the second or third trimesters. It can result in heavy vaginal bleeding. If left untreated, placenta previa can lead to bleeding heavily enough to cause maternal shock or even death. Luckily, most cases of the condition are recognized early on and treated appropriately.