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Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause placental abruption?

Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause placental abruption?

Yes: High blood pressure, whether present before pregnancy or whether it develops during pregnancy, does increase a woman's risk for abruption. But most women with high blood pressure never have an abruption. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Can gestational diabetes affect the placenta?

Can gestational diabetes affect the placenta?

Yes: Gestational diabetes is actually caused by the placenta. A hormone called hpl (human placental lactogen) gets released and causes insulin. While the placenta is the underlying cause, gestational diabetes causes changes in the placenta making it function differently. Most doctors will recommend delivery before the due date with gestational diabetes because of this altered placental function. ...Read more

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What causes placental abruptions?

What causes placental abruptions?

High BP, trauma, ROM: Abruptio placentae (formal term) occurs when there is separation of placenta from the wall of the uterus. The diagnosis depends on there being a normally placed placenta (eg, not one covering the cervix). There may or may not be bleeding early. Common causes include high blood pressures, trauma to the abdomen, rapid loss of amniotic fluid (eg, in cases of multiple pregnancy or excess fluid). ...Read more

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How does preeclampsia causes oligohydramnios?

How does preeclampsia causes oligohydramnios?

Decreased fetal GFR.: Oligohydramnios is a sign of decreased fetal glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in the absence of rupture of amniotic membranes. Preeclampsia can cause placental failure and thus poor perfusion of the fetoplacental unit leading to oligohydramnios. ...Read more

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How does placenta previa cause preterm delivery?

How does placenta previa cause preterm delivery?

Bleeding and Cntrxns: Previa: Placenta overlies the cervix/birth canal. Gr 1 means placenta is close, Gr 4 means it's directly overlying/blocking the baby's exit -- high chance of preterm labor & bleeding; you'd need a C/S at 36-37wks. More common in woman w/ hx of C/S & smoking. Not much you can do but wait. If dx'ed early, the uterus still grows/stretches and a placenta can migrate away even in 3rd tri. Follow w/ US. ...Read more

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What causes a placental abruption?

What causes a placental abruption?

Shearing forces: Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. ...Read more

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Can running cause placental abruption?

Can running cause placental abruption?

No: Running does not cause placental abruption. Ever. So what does cause abruptions? Abdominal trauma (falling, car accidents, etc), high blood pressure, cocaine use, and other reasons we may not fully understand. If you are doing activities, wear good shoes and be careful as your balance is off during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does diabetes cause fetal deformities?

Does diabetes cause fetal deformities?

Yes: Uncontrolled diabetes in the first trimester can cause birth defects in the baby, typically heart or skeletal defects. Gestational diabetes acquired later in pregnancy is typically not associated with fetal deformities, but can also cause problems such as a big baby or problems with the amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Can progesterone defiency cause placental abruption ?

Can progesterone defiency cause placental abruption ?

Great question!: Not known. Placenta is the major producer of Progesterone in pregnancy, and Progesterone serves to keep the uterus quiet as the fetus grows. It is possible that perturbations in the uteroplacental interface (eg placental infarction) could lead to both Progesterone decline and increased risk for abruption. No study has addressed this to date; abruption remains an impossible complication to predict. ...Read more

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Subchorionic hemorrhage, placental abruption, oligohydramnios (20w3d). What does this all mean? Is it serious?

Subchorionic hemorrhage, placental abruption, oligohydramnios (20w3d). What does this all mean? Is it serious?

Placenta: This means there is a collection of blood between the placenta and the uterine wall- therefore the abruption, the term oligohydramnios basically means low amniotic fluid and can have multiple causes including placenta dysfunction on the side of the mother, of problems with the fetus- problems with the kidneys. Please speak to your physician and seek a referral to a perinatologist. ...Read more

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Can aeroplane cause placental abruption ?

Can aeroplane cause placental abruption ?

Not unless it crashe: There is no evidence that air travel causes placental abruption. Trauma can cause placental abruption, but most cases are related to hypertension/preeclampsia or are idiopathic (unknown cause). ...Read more

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Does gestational diabetes occur during pregnancy?

Does gestational diabetes occur during pregnancy?

Yes.: Yes. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy (hence the word "gestational" in the name). The diabetes usually resolves after delivery. However, women who have had gestational diabetes are at greater risk of developing Insulin resistance, diabetes, and heart disease when they are no longer pregnant. ...Read more

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Could placenta previa lead to placenta percreta?

Could placenta previa lead to placenta percreta?

PP can be percreta: A placenta prévia can invade the uterine and cervical tissues and be associated with a placenta increta and placenta percreta. ...Read more

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How is gestational diabetes outcome correlated to polyhydramnios?

How is gestational diabetes outcome correlated to polyhydramnios?

High Sugars Cause It: If mom's blood sugar is high, the baby's is too. The same way high sugars cause an adult to urinate more, this high sugar. Causes the baby to make more urine, and the baby's urine is what makes up the amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Why does Gestational Diabetes increase the risk of stillbirth?

Why does Gestational Diabetes increase the risk of stillbirth?

Abnormal glucose: The same reasons that produce Diabetic coma in adults. The elevated blood glucose going to the fetus causes metabolic changes that can result in death. ...Read more

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What causes a placental abruption ?

What causes a placental abruption ?

Shearing forces: Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. ...Read more

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Can gestational hypertension cause heart failure?

Can gestational hypertension cause heart failure?

Yes: Heart failure for the fetus and seizures with heart failure in mothers. ...Read more

Dr. Rick Koch
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Gestational Hypertension (Definition)

BP at 140/90 at 20 wks pregnancy with no other signs of kidney involvement. Benign condition if nothing else happens, but can worsen to serious condition of pre-eclampsia in many cases. Needs to be ...Read more


Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
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Placental Abruption (Definition)

Defined as the premature separation of the placenta from the uterus, it is a significant ...Read more