Prenatal Checkups & Tests

Anterior Placenta?

So what’s an anterior placenta, anyhow?

“Anterior” means “front.” If you’ve been told you have an anterior placenta, it simply means it’s located in the front of your uterus, closest to your belly instead of in the back (“posterior”), which is more common. What does this mean for you? Nothing huge, really. Amniocentesis can be a little more challenging with a placenta up front, but in general, an anterior placenta doesn’t pose any serious threat to either you or baby.

— Excerpted from The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those Nine Long Months

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What Does the Placenta Do?

Guide to Prenatal Tests and Doctor Visits

The Best Placental Position for Natural Birth