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Placenta Previa in Pregnancy (cont.)

Placenta Previa Prevention

Placenta previa usually cannot be prevented. In some cases, risk factors can be eliminated (such as smoking cessation).

Bleeding from placenta previa can be reduced in many cases by bed rest, limitation of activity, and/or avoiding sexual intercourse.

Placenta Previa Outlook

Placenta previa is almost always associated with the need for Cesarean delivery. If there is complete placenta previa, a C-section will be required. Most women with other variations of placenta previa will also require Cesarean delivery.

The vast majority of women with placenta previa in developed countries go on to deliver healthy babies, and the maternal mortality (death) rate is about 1%. In developing countries where medical resources may be lacking, the risks for mother and fetus are much higher.

Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCE:; "Placenta Previa."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2015

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