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  1. In most cases the placenta attaches high up to the inside of the uterus, but in some cases the placenta can attach lower down and cover the mouth of uterus. This low-lying attachment is known as “placenta praevia”. 0.5 - 1 per cent of women will still have a low lying placenta at full term. This can lead to massive complications including premature birth, haemorrage. Which can mean normal vaginal delivery is not possible and the safest way of delivering your baby would be by Caesarean section. During labour the cervix opens to let the baby pass into the vagina and allow delivery. If the placenta is covering the cervix, then the placenta will separate from the uterus as labour progresses. This separation can cause significant bleeding for the mother and can lead to shock requiring urgent medical treatment such as a blood transfusion. Rest in bed and avoid having sex and orgasms. You may also be advised to spend the last few weeks of pregnancy in hospital, particularly if you have had any bleeding, so that you can have a caesarean section straightaway, if necessary.