Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Location of Placenta and risks associated with

Whilst on my latest search for calcification of the placenta, I came across an article. It outlined the risks that could be associated with the location of the placenta.

Now we all know that have a low-lying placenta is never such a great thing and we all freak out about placenta previa and early bleeding, and in SA, another out-right reason to do a c-section. But did you know:

According to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20608801, Cooley SM et al.,

  • An anterior placenta was statistically associated with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and preterm birth.
  • A placenta located in the upper part or the uterus (fundus), was associated with a significant increase in incidence of pregnancy-induced hypertension and infants with a birthweight less than the 9th centile.
I just thought that was interesting...