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Placental Abruption


Placental abruption is a condition in which all or part of your placenta separates from the wall of your uterus. It usually occurs during the second half of pregnancy. Placental abruption is a serious condition that can become life-threatening to you and your baby.



  • Medicines may be given to stop contractions if your baby is not ready to be born. Steroids may also be given to help your baby's lungs develop faster if early delivery may happen.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your 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.

Restrict your activity as directed:

Bed rest may be needed until your baby is ready to be born. Bed rest means that you need to spend most or all of your day lying down. Your obstetrician may recommend that you avoid sex. Avoid heavy lifting. These help prevent your condition from getting worse.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for more ultrasounds. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have contractions.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have any vaginal bleeding.
  • You have severe abdominal or back pain.
  • Your baby is moving less than usual, or not at all.

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