Busting Some Myths Around the Posterior Placenta

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The placenta is a temporary organ that helps to provide oxygen and nutrients to the growing baby via the umbilical cord. It is one of the most important organs during pregnancy. Placenta also helps to flush out wastes from the blood of the baby. 

Posterior placenta means the placenta located at the back wall of the uterus. The location of the placenta varies from person to person. However, the placental position does not indicate anything in particular. It can be positioned in a woman’s body in any of the following ways:

  • Anterior Placenta: When the placenta is located towards the front wall of the uterus
  • Posterior Placenta: When the placenta is located towards the back wall of the uterus 
  • Fundal Posterior Placenta: When the placenta is positioned towards the top and back of the uterine wall
  • Lateral Placenta: When the placenta is located on the left or right side of the uterus

Many women also have a low-lying placenta. It means that the placenta is located in the lower segment of the uterus for the first 20 weeks. After that, it shifts away from the lower segment as the uterus starts growing bigger.

Myths and Facts About Posterior Placenta:

There are many myths and rumours about the posterior placenta. Let’s bust some of these myths and know the real facts behind them. 

Myth: Posterior placenta indicates the gender of the baby.

Fact: Some people believe that having a posterior placenta indicates that you are having a boy. However, there is no scientific proof that the location of the placenta can indicate the gender of the fetus.   

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Myth: Posterior placenta can increase foetal movement. 

Fact: When you have a posterior placenta, the space between your baby and the abdomen is less. This lets you feel the baby’s movements earlier than the women with an anterior placenta. Therefore, many people think that having a posterior placenta increases the movements of the foetus. 

Myth: Posterior placenta is the only best position for the placenta.

Fact: Although it is true that the posterior placenta helps the baby to move into the correct position for labour, there is no best position for the placenta. 

Myth: Posterior placenta is always associated with preterm labour.

Fact: Sometimes, as the uterine wall becomes longer and thicker, the blood flow at the back of the uterus may get affected. This can increase your risk of getting preterm labour. However, having a posterior placenta does not guarantee that you will have preterm labour. It solely depends on the complications you may suffer. 

Myth: Posterior placenta can affect your chances of having a normal delivery. 

Fact: It is not true. As long as the placenta does not cover the cervix, you can easily have a normal delivery. The posterior placenta does not impact your chances of giving a vaginal birth.


Having a posterior placenta is completely normal. These myths about the posterior placenta are just rumours without any scientific approach.  


Dr. Shankar Rao

Dr. Rao has achieved great success in his career, with 5 research projects and 4 books to his credit, as well as a Monograph. In addition to receiving the Bharat Scout & Guide Award from the President of India, Dr Rao has also won the Young Scientist Award from S.V. University, Tirupati.


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