Advice on the symptoms of low lying placenta praevia with information on management and treatment.
Placenta praevia is where the placenta is situated over or near the cervix. It may overlie the internal opening of the cervix preventing the head of the foetus engaging.
Symptoms include painless vaginal bleeding which occurs late in pregnancy and may be initiated by sexual intercourse or vaginal examination.
Ultrasound is used to reveal the position of the placenta. There is no treatment to alter the position of the placenta and delivery is carried out by caesarean section.
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