An anterior placenta happens when the placenta grows near the woman's stomach rather than the back. It simply has to do where the egg implants and is not an issue for pregnancy. The BAD part is that the placenta acts as a cushion between baby and mom's tummy which can make movements harder to feel and movements may be felt much later than pregnancies where women do not have anterior placentas. I was so sad to hear this because I want to feel as much of Peanut as I can.
I have been feeling Peanut since about 16 weeks which is pretty early so I was a little confused as to how I had an anterior placenta. The more I thought about it the more it made sense. I feel Peanut all the time, BUT I only feel her on the sides of my stomach or really low. I never feel her right under my belly button which from my ultrasound I know she hangs out there. I hate that I don't get to feel her as much as I should, but after reading online about anterior placentas I am grateful I felt her so early and so often. Many women with this positioning don't feel baby until well after 20 weeks when baby is strong enough to be felt through the placenta cushioning. I also read that the placenta changes positions throughout pregnancy as it grows and so I am hoping it moves out of the way.
For now i am enjoying every movement she makes and love finding patterns to when she moves. She likes to wiggle after I eat, when music is playing, and when she is around daddy. I love this little girl so much already and I can't wait to have her in my arms.