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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Placental Abruption

Answers to all your questions about placental abruption.

What’s the best way to treat a placental abruption?

If the tear is only a partial one, you’ll be monitored carefully for signs of fetal distress (such as an abnormal heart rate) and may receive blood transfusions. If the tear is more significant, you may need an emergency c-section.

What can I do to prevent a placental abruption?

There’s not much you can do to prevent an accident or trauma, but avoid alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs (but you already knew that). If you had high blood pressure or diabetes before pregnancy, see a maternal fetal medicine specialist who can keep close tabs on your progress.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have a placental abruption?

“I had a placental abruption at 27 weeks but felt no pain from the abruption itself. Just started bleeding somewhat heavily and had contractions by the time I was admitted to the hospital. The abruption was confirmed via ultrasound and had caused a clot that was so large, I was rushed into an emergency c-section.”

“I had a partial abruption at 32 weeks. I got up to go to the bathroom right after going to bed, and there was a large gush of blood. There was some minor clotting, but not much. I was given the steroid shots. I was admitted to the OB special care ward but only had to stay two days, as the bleeding had stopped. I was released on strict bed rest and then, after a few more days, modified bed rest.”

“I had a partial abruption caused by an intrauterine infection. I didn’t feel anything. I was admitted at 24 weeks when I started having some pretty major bleeding. I was also having contractions and was 2 centimeters dilated, 100 percent effaced. I was given the steroid shots and on mag for three or four days. I started having more bleeding and contractions as the week progressed, and my DS was born at 25 weeks, 4 days.”

Are there any other resources for placental abruption?

March of Dimes

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-- Robert Wool, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University

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