Molly-Mae explains she has anterior placenta after struggling to feel baby girl move
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While expecting her first baby, Molly-Mae Hague has found it 'really reassuring to know' the reason why she can't feel her baby girl move.
The former Love Island star is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tommy Fury after making the announcement last month.
Watch below as Molly-Mae shares a heartwarming clip of her baby scan:
For those unaware, the couple first met on the 2019 series of Love Island and after coming second in the hit dating show, they have been loved up ever since, hitting major milestones such as moving in together and, of course, falling pregnant with their first child.
After revealing the gender of their baby earlier this month, fans have been gushing over the whole announcement.
However, PrettyLittleThing's Creative Director has been getting 'quite disheartened' for not being able to feel her baby move.
But doctors have now informed Molly-Mae that the reason behind the feeling is because she has what's known as an 'anterior placenta', which is basically an extra layer between her baby and the outer wall of her stomach.
The cushioning can make it difficult to feel when a baby kicks.
Molly said on her Instagram Stories recently: "So, I actually have an anterior placenta.
"I have been getting quite disheartened at how little I've been able to feel her move especially when I can feel her, and Tommy can't when he touches my belly.
"So it's really reassuring to know it's because my placenta is literally a huge sponge between me and baby that's absorbing all her movement and preventing me from really feeling it.
"Think it'll be a while yet until we see her little legs kicking through or Tommy feels her but I'm keeping my finger crossed."
Donna Neale, M.D., assistant professor of gynaecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, says that there should be 'no increased risks' with having the condition.
She told Romper: "Some women with an anterior placenta will report feeling less fetal movement, particularly early in pregnancy, because the anterior placenta essentially mutes out the fetal movement.
"Fetal movement may be felt 'less', especially in first-time pregnant people that may not be sure what to expect in terms of fetal movements."
The professor concluded: "As long as the placenta is not too close to the cervix or covers the cervix, then there are no increased risks to the mother or the fetus during the pregnancy or during delivery."
Diana Ramos, M.D., OB-GYN and assistant adjunct clinical professor at Keck USC School of Medicine added: "In general, these are low risk, but absolutely seeking care on labor and delivery is advised."
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