Placenta previa is an obstetric condition where the fetus' placenta grows over the opening of the cervix and causes muchas problemas, as in may cause serious morbidity and mortality to both fetus and mother . You can read more about what these nice Korean American ER docs have to say about it. The Journal of Repoduction just published a Norwegian study by a team at St Olavs University Hospital,that suggests that in-vitro fertilization (IVF) increased the risk of placenta previa (or, placenta praevia, as our friends at the BBC like to say) three-fold.
As we push the envelope on fooling Mother Nature (remember that margarine commercial..."It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!".... CRASH!), occasionally Mom Nature is going to push back in new and unexpected ways!
Id like to say that I find this article and its references to 'fooling mother nature' and therefore mother nature punishing us back is callous and offensive. IVF was my only option to conceive as my tubes were damaged due to previous abdominal surgery and no fault of my own, and I now have placenta previa.
Whoever wrote this (Marie L?) obviously never had any experience of the heartache if infertility and IVF.
I completely agree with you Shoegal. If it wasn't for IVF I wouldn't be pregnant now. I also have Placenta Previa, but I refuse to believe that Mother Nature is trying to punish us for becoming pregnant through IVf!