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Abruptio Placenta


Abruptio placenta is when all or a part of the placenta pulls away from your uterus before your baby is born. The placenta brings oxygen and nutrition from you to your unborn baby. Abruptio placenta can be life-threatening for both you and your baby.


Bed rest:

Bed rest means that you need to spend most or all of your day lying down. Bed rest helps prevent further damage to your placenta. You may need bed rest until your baby is ready to be born. You may be able to rest at home, or you may need to stay in the hospital.


  • Steroids: Steroids may be given if you need to give birth earlier than expected. Steroids help your baby's lungs to function and prevent breathing problems after he is born.
  • Tocolytics: Tocolytics are given to stop contractions if your baby is not ready to be born. Contractions are when the muscles of your uterus tighten and loosen.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider gynecologist as directed:

If you have not given birth yet, you may need to return for more ultrasounds. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have a small amount of vaginal bleeding (spotting).
  • Your heart is beating faster than what is normal for you.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your unborn baby is moving less than usual, or not at all.
  • You have a large amount of vaginal bleeding.
  • You have severe abdominal pain or contractions.
  • You are leaking fluid from your vagina, or a large amount of fluid comes out of your vagina.
  • You have new and sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.
  • You are urinating less than what is normal for you, or not at all.
  • You feel faint, dizzy, or too weak to stand up.

Learn more about Abruptio Placenta (Aftercare Instructions)

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Further information

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