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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is placental abruption?

This is a condition during pregnancy where the placenta is separated from the uterus before the fetus is born. As the placenta is rich in blood supply and supplies oxygen and nutrients to the fetus, separation would result in significant vaginal bleeding, and cut off oxygen supply to the fetus endangering both mother and child.

Symptoms of placental abruption

  • Currently pregnant

  • Bleeding in between menstrual cycles / periods or after menopause

  • Abdominal pain

  • Labor-like pain (repeated tummy/abdominal pain) in cycles of 10 minutes or less

  • Feeling contractions very frequently

Questions your doctor may ask to check for placental abruption

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose placental abruption

  • Are you currently pregnant?

  • Have you had vaginal bleeding, brown or pink colored vaginal discharge outside of your periods? Or, after the menopause?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have labor-like pain in cycles of 10 minutes or less?

  • Are you feeling uterine contractions very frequently?

Treatment for placental abruption

This requires emergency medical care. There is no treatment to reattach the placenta. The gynecologist/obstetrician may suggest delivering your child early, either through a normal vaginal delivery or a Caeserean section.

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