Placental abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus before the fetus is delivered. The placenta is the organ that provides nourishment for the fetus while it is still in the uterus. In a healthy pregnancy, the placenta remains attached to the uterine wall until after the fetus is delivered.
Some form of the condition affects about one in every 150 births. In very severe forms, placental abruption can cause death to the fetus. This occurs in approximately one in every 500-750 deliveries. Death of the mother from placental abruption is very rare. Infants who survive a birth with the condition have a 40%-50% chance of experiencing complications.
Placental abruption can cause:
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Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:
Fluids may be given by IV to replace lost fluids.
may also be given to replace lost blood supply.
The mother and fetus will be carefully monitored for signs of distress or
, including abnormal heart rates.
Emergency Cesarean Delivery
If danger exists for mother or fetus, an emergency
may be done. If both the mother and fetus are at low risk of complications and the fetus is full-term, the mother may