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Understanding Placental Abruptions

May 23, 2017 | Birth Injuries, Firm News

Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous time for parents-to-be in Indiana, but sometimes things can go wrong. Even if an issue naturally occurs, there can be times when doctor errors result in birth injuries. For example, placental abruptions naturally occur, but if a doctor does not react properly to treat the condition, it can have devastating effects.

According to the Mayo Clinic, placental abruption is when the placenta detaches from the uterus. Because the placenta is the baby’s source of nutrition when in the womb, a detachment can be serious and deprive the baby of essential life support. In addition, when the placenta detaches, it can cause the mother to bleed heavily. Both lives are put at risk when this condition develops, so quick action is required.

Baby Center states that when a woman shows any signs of this condition, medical care must be sought right away. Signs may include bleeding and cramping. Abruptions can happen any time after 20 weeks. How they are treated depends on how far along the pregnancy is and the severity of the abruption.

Minor abruptions are usually treated by monitoring the mother to ensure the condition does not worsen. Mothers may be placed on bed rest to prevent further detachment. If a mother is near her due date, the baby may be delivered to avoid any further issues. For severe cases, delivery is usually the only option. It is common for mothers to undergo a C-section instead of delivering vaginally when they have an abruption.