Symptoms of placenta previa include one or both of the following:
- Sudden, painless Reference vaginal bleeding that ranges from slight to heavy. The blood is often bright red. Bleeding can occur as early as the 20th week of pregnancy but is most common during the third Reference trimester Opens New Window.
- Symptoms of preterm labor, such as regular, menstrual-like cramps, or a feeling of pressure in your lower abdomen. The bleeding from placenta previa can cause the uterus to contract.
Some women with placenta previa do not have any symptoms. In this case, placenta previa may only be diagnosed by an Reference ultrasound Opens New Window done for other reasons.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 3, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine