Things to know about an Anterior Placenta

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you should know that I have an anterior placenta. An anterior placenta? What the heck is that? Well basically it’s when your placenta is in the front (anterior) of your uterus. Normally they attach to the back (posterior). So with an anterior placenta comes a list of annoying things…..and as grateful as I am to be carrying a healthy baby, with a functioning placenta…It’s still annoying.

Why an Anterior Placenta is annoying!

  1. Back Pain/Back labor: Us pregos already have back pain because c’mon carrying an extra 25-40 pounds will do that to ya, but the anterior placenta could intensify it! I’ve also heard my labor will be a little more painful because baby is positioned more in my back, rather than out in my tummy. But to be honest, with my last pregnancy (the natural accidental home birth) Joel was facing my abdomen the ENTIRE TIME. His spine was aligned with my spine (he came out sunny side up), and I felt every single contraction in my back (different for the other 2). So If my labor is anything like my last, I CAN DO IT!
  2. Low lying or Placenta Previa: Could, and I say could heavily because if you have an anterior placenta, I don’t want you running off thinking this WILL happen, because I said COULD! But having an anterior placenta COULD lead to a low lying placenta or placenta previa, and that’s when the placenta partially or completely covers the cervix. In this case a C-section would need to be done. I’m hoping this wont happen to me, But I had a friend who had a low lying placenta, and right around the 34 week mark it moved! So she was able to have a vaginal delivery.
  3. Harder to feel baby: This I  can honestly contest to RIGHT now because normally by week 16, I can feel my babies. But JUST NOW at 21 weeks, I can feel her here and there if I lay super still. The reasoning behind that is because the placenta serves as a cushion between the baby and myself. So when I do feel movement/kicks, it’s through my placenta. At my last ultrasound at 20 weeks, she was squirming around like crazy, but I honestly did not feel anything. So being the worry wart that I am, I partnered with SneakPeak to really put their fetal Doppler to the test. (Read more below).
  4. Harder to pick up heart beat with Doppler: Piggy backing off number 3, when I’m at the Doctor’s office or at home, they have to play where is Waldo with Laila to find her heartbeat, and must apply pressure to really pick it up.

More info about SneakPeek Fetal Doppler

  • Detects full range of sound
  • Monitor baby movement
  • Record heartbeat
  • Safe & noninvasive
  • Compact & portable
  • Built-in speaker
  • FDA Cleared

So having the Fetal Doppler I am able to check on baby Laila whenever I feel a little worried about lack of movement. After applying pressure (because ya’ know, anterior placenta here) I am able to find her heartbeat and even hear her moving around in there. Along with the Doppler comes, Earphones, Recording Cable, Electrode Gel, User Guide, 9V Battery. However, I will say, If you have an anterior placenta you will probably want to order an extra tube of electrode gel (Affiliate link) because I used so much trying to find her heartbeat. But once you get it, you’re good!

I can hear her best when I lay flat.

What we love about it is we feel so much more connected to her by listening to her heartbeat whenever we want rather than once a month at my Prenatal visits.

Disclaimer: The SneakPeek Heartbeat Monitor device is a listening system to hear the sounds your baby makes. This is not a medical device and should not be used as a substitute for regular prenatal care by a licensed doctor. If you feel concerned make sure you ALWAYS contact your doctor.  

This post was sponsored by SneakPeek| But all opinions are 100% my own

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