What is placenta previa?

  • When your baby’s placenta (the thing that delivers food and oxygen to your baby) is attached to the wrong part of your uterus, it is called placenta previa.
  • It can lead to an early birth or severe bleeding during labor.

What are the symptoms?

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding without pain during the second half of pregnancy.
  • Bleeding ranges from light to heavy.
  • Bleeding may stop, but it will return days or weeks later.

If you have any bleeding during your second or third trimester, call your provider.

What are the risk factors of getting it?

  • Carrying more than one fetus.
  • Being 35 or older.
  • Smoking cigarettes.
  • Using certain types of drugs.