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What does it mean when the placenta is sitting at the front?

I am 6 months pregnant and as yet hardly feel the baby move. I was told at my last checkup this was because the placenta is sitting at the front. What does this mean exactly??
Nicolette

Sarah...
Answer: Hi Nicolette, Thank you for your enquiry. The placenta is the large saucer shaped organ that helps feed your baby during pregnancy. It is usually about one-sixth the size of the baby and is joined to the baby by the umbilical cord. When the baby implants in the uterus this is where the placenta will grow. It can be at the front of the uterus or at the back of the uterus and mostly at the top of the uterus. This may prevent you from feeling some of the baby’s movements in the early months but once the baby grows bigger, towards the end of the second trimester, the movements will be more pronounced. This position of the uterus will have no affect on your baby or the birth. Best wishes, Alex
Answered: 15 Apr 2008