Placenta previa

Kelly writes:

"I just found out that my 28 year old cousin has placenta previa. She is about 5 months along, and she has a 2.5 year old. I was wondering if you could ask the community if anyone has experienced this, what happened to them, and any advice they may have? She's very concerned (not only because of the medical risks) but also about the possible bed rest requirement. Her husband works 60-70 hour weeks, they don't have much in the way of friends/family in the immediate vicinity of where they live, AND she has a 2.5 year old who has a lot of energy and some health problems. OY. Any help/advice/commiseration for her would be greatly appreciated."

I have no experience with placenta previa but know some of our readers do, and I'm hoping a bunch of people jump in to talk about how they dealt with it and how it all turned out.

I also have no experience with bedrest, but know tons and tons of readers do, and know they'll give advice.

I do have experience with not having help and being isolated, and it sucks. I'm hoping that they can build a support network they can count on. Is she part of any mothers' groups? Do they go to a church or temple?Do they hang out at any playgrounds regularly?

Even if she doesn't have to go on bedrest and the delivery is easy she'll still need friends to help her through having a toddler and a baby. It's tough work, especially since her husband works long hours. Can they afford any paid help to give her a break?

Readers, what have you got for Kelly's cousin? And how can Kelly help them?