At her 20-week scan, mum-to-be Sophie Blake found out that she had a condition called placenta previa. She then decided to stop telling people the truth about her due date.
In an Instagram post, Blake, who is sister to Melbourne comedian Hamish Blake, explained that when she heard this news at her 20-week scan, with her husband Andy by her side, she was no longer able to hear anything else the scan technician was telling her about her baby.
“Instead [I] became OBSESSED with the position of my placenta,” she wrote.
“Our scan technician was very kind and reassuring, educating us that PP is quite common – about three per cent of all pregnancies are diagnosed with placenta previa at 20 weeks, and of that three per cent, 95 per cent of the time the uterus grows so much that by 32 weeks the placenta has lifted and a vaginal birth is possible if that’s what you want to choose.”
The placenta provides the growing baby with oxygen and nutrients during pregnancy. In some cases, placenta previa can cause health risks for the baby, if they’re not receiving enough oxygen and nutrients through the placenta.