What is an anterior placenta?

The placenta develops wherever the fertilised egg embeds into your uterus. An anterior placenta is when your placenta is attached to the front wall of the uterus. During your 20-week scan it will be noted where your placenta is positioned as follows:
Anterior Placenta

  • anterior
    on the front wall of your uterus
  • posterior
    on the back wall of your uterus
  • fundal
    on the top wall of your uterus
  • right or left lateral
    on the right or left side of your uterus

These are all completely normal places for the placenta to implant and develop.

What does having an anterior placenta mean for my baby?

Having an anterior placenta can make baby movements harder to feel as they are “cushioned” – it is therefore likely that someone with a placenta in this position will feel first movements later than most. Anybody who has not felt their first movements by 24 weeks should check in with their midwife regardless of where their placenta is positioned.

If you have a placenta in this position, try and focus on your sides and low down, as this is where you are more likely to feel movement. Although feeling movement is often trickier for anterior placenta mums, the same advice for establishing what is normal for your baby individually applies. Although you can expect to feel less movement than others overall, baby should still develop regularity with their movement.

Having an anterior placenta is never a reason to dismiss reduced movements, so always call your maternity triage unit if there is a change from normal.

Many people find our Kicks Count wristbands useful for establishing how many episodes of movement a day is normal for them, and for tracking movement felt. They are available to purchase from: www.kickscount.org.uk/shop

For more information on baby movements, please see: http://www.kickscount.org.uk/mums/your-babys-movements/