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What is placenta accreta?

What is placenta accreta and what are the main signs?
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Placenta accreta occurs when your placenta implants too firmly and deeply in the uterine wall, which can cause premature birth or serious bleeding after a vaginal delivery. (Placenta accreta should not be confused with placenta increta, where it attaches more deeply, or placenta percreta, in which the placenta breaks through the uterine wall, occasionally touching nearby organs.)

Women who've had placenta previa (where the placenta covers all or part of the opening of the cervix) or uterine surgery (like a previous c-section or treatment for endometriosis) are most at risk for developing placenta accreta. The most common symptom is bleeding in the third trimester.

Placenta accreta is usually diagnosed by an ultrasound, and if it is discovered, you'll probably deliver via c-section. Performing a c-section minimizes the risk of heavy bleeding and allows your doctor to ensure that the placenta is removed completely after delivery. In very rare cases, the uterus can be so badly damaged that a hysterectomy is needed, but the majority of placenta accreta cases result in totally healthy moms and babies.

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Hello, I might have a rare expample and this might be more of a question to answer my doctor when I see him next week but, it has to do with my last delivery. I have 4 children. My first daughter was a breech baby they scheduled her for c-section at 40 weeks. She weighed 8 lbs and 9 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. I then had my son four years later and that was supposed to be a V-BAC-(BAGINAL BIRTH AFTER C-SECTION BUT, AT 39 WEEKS AND 5 DAYS MY WATER BROKE. They did ultrasound and realized no way could they perform a -V-BAC. He was 9 lbs 3 ounces and also 21 1/2 inches long. I then had my 3rd child another boy scheduled c-section at 39 weeks exactly. He was 8 lbs. 13 ounces and beleive it or not all 3 were 21 1/2 inches long. I now had my last child another daughter and I started to bleed very heavy at 33 weeks and 5 days. I was diagnosed with Placenta Accreta at 28 weeks via 2 ultrasounds and a MRI with invasion of my Bladder. They could not stop the bleeding and thought it was best to deliver had vertical c-section and lost about 10% of my bladder. They also tied my tubes but, stated they did not have to do a full radical hysterectomy.That will be 7 months ago on February the 27th. I know have a lump on the right upper side of my belly button were they cut me high and I wanted to know if this was normal from the vertical c-section? I WANT TO KNOW IF THIS OCCURED WITH ANY OTHER WOMEN~!!! I SEE MY GYNO ON THE 24TH BUT I AM SCARED THANK YOU LYNDA My beautiful baby girl was born 4 lbs and 10 ounces and was 17 3/4 inches long. I am sure if I went to full term like with my prior 3 children she woud have also been aroudn the 8 or 9 pound mark.
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