If your health care provider suspects that you have placenta accreta, you're likely worried about how your condition will affect your delivery, your baby and, possibly, your ability to become pregnant in the future.
To ease your anxiety:
May. 24, 2012
- Find out about placenta accreta. Gathering information about your condition might help you feel less anxious. Talk to your health care provider, do some research and connect with other women who've had placenta accreta.
- Prepare for a C-section. If you're disappointed that you won't be able to have a vaginal birth, remind yourself that your baby's health and your health are more important than the method of delivery.
- Prepare for a hysterectomy. After the hysterectomy, you'll no longer have periods or be able to get pregnant. This might lead to a deep sense of loss. Consult your health care provider about what to expect during your recovery. If you need help coping with feelings of grief or depression, consult a mental health provider.
- Find healthy ways to relax. Set aside time for soothing activities, such as imagining pleasant objects or experiences.
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