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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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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can you tell me about pregnancy after placental abruption?

Can you tell me about pregnancy after placental abruption?

Depends on extent: severe placental abruption may terminate the pregnancy. Small area of abruption may not be a big deal. the health and progression of the pregnancy depends on may factors including the underlying reason for abruption ...Read more

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Is there a connection between a two vessel cord and a placental abruption in pregnancy?

Is there a connection between a two vessel cord and a placental abruption in pregnancy?

No.: Two-vessel cord or single umbilical artery is not uncommon - 1-2% of all pregnancies have it. Abruption of the placenta is more rare (0.4-1%) and has not been associated with single umbilical artery. ...Read more

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I lost my baby during my first pregnancy due to suhchrionic bleed which led to placental abruption at 24 weeks-, do I even bother trying again :/?

I lost my baby during my first pregnancy due to suhchrionic bleed which led to placental abruption at 24 weeks-, do I even bother trying again :/?

Yes: You should sit down with your obgyn and talk about what if any risk factors you had for your placental abruption. Many women have a horrible pregnancy outcome in one pregnancy but go on to have successful pregnancies after. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should i be worried about amniotic fluid embolism with my pregnancy my first pregnancy i lost my baby to placental abruption at 39wks?

Should i be worried about amniotic fluid embolism with my pregnancy my first pregnancy i lost my baby to placental abruption at 39wks?

Don't think so: I don't think anybody can predict this rare complication. Sorry for your loss. The only suggestion i can give with your next pregnancy: try to get your future delivery done at the tertiary care facility. And keep on positive thinking, otherwise your future pregnancy would be a nightmare, filled with anxiety. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause placental abruption? If so is there anywhere can I find more information online regarding this?

Can sleep apnea cause placental abruption? If so is there anywhere can I find more information online regarding this?

No current evidence: There is no current data about this matter. Until recently, sleep apnea was believed to be very rare in women of child bearing age. ...Read more

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Can stretching to much cause a placental abruption?

Can stretching to much cause a placental abruption?

Probably not: If your stretching is putting a lot of pressure on your abdomen (and uterus) you could potentially cause a problem such as a placental abruption. Normal stretching is unlikely to be harmful in any way to the preganancy. ...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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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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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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I had a full term stillbirth apparently caused by a very small placental abruption. What may have caused this? What are the chances of reoccurrence?

I had a full term stillbirth apparently caused by a very small placental abruption. What may have caused this? What are the chances of reoccurrence?

Reocurrence: I am so sorry about the loss of your baby. Some studies have shown recurrence rates to be one in eight, while some have reported a ten fold increase in rate. Whether or not this recurs depends upon the causation and on the presence of the predisposing factors: pregnancy induced hypertension or chronic hypertension, external trauma, cigarette smoking and/or the use of Cocaine and alcohol. ...Read more

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Please tell me what is the cause for placental abruption?

Please tell me what is the cause for placental abruption?

Placental abruption: many reasons, most common are trauma, high blood pressure, substance abuse (esp. cocaine). It is serious and emergent condition, need immediate medial attention. ...Read more

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What type of trauma and severity causes a placental abruption?

What type of trauma and severity causes a placental abruption?

Placental abrupt ion: Trauma to the abdomen can cause abruption, MVA, a fall, being hit, etc. In addition, hypertension; pre-eclampsia, pregnancy induced or chronic, uncontrolled hypertension can be at the root of placental abruption. Other reasons also include premature rupture of membranes, a bleed called a sub chorionic hemorrhage, placenta overlying the cervix in anyway as the cervix opens...many reasons. ...Read more

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Can picking up/carrying my 29lbs 3yr old daughter while she's asleep and floppy/heavy cause me to have a placental abruption? I already have a 2cm sch

Can picking up/carrying my 29lbs 3yr old daughter while she's asleep and floppy/heavy cause me to have a placental abruption? I already have a 2cm sch

Possibly: I would recommend nothing heavier that 10 pounds at this point, but i would also suggest you speak to your OB about their specific recommendations for not only how much you should lift/carry, but also any other restrictions on your activities at this point in the pregnancy. Congratulations! ...Read more

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I have pots, and lost my baby to placental abruption (which they think caused the pots) should I not try again? Better to adopt? Once pots gets better

I have pots, and lost my baby to placental abruption (which they think caused the pots) should I not try again? Better to adopt? Once pots gets better

POT[t]S: Stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and is caused by abnormal activity of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system (ans). I think that the "abruptio" and the pots are from a common cause---- compromised body chemistrry, in the control mechanisms of the ANS and the normal function of pregnancy. My guess is that it is due to lousy diet that provides the energy for cellularfunction. ...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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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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Could a rough ultrasound tech caused the placental abruption? How hard does the abdominal trauma have to be?

Could a rough ultrasound tech caused the placental abruption? How hard does the abdominal trauma have to be?

NO: The baby is well protected in the uterus, with double shock absorbers of the amniotic fluid and the mom's abdominal wall. It takes a much more significant injury than a rough ultrasound tech to cause abruption. ...Read more

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How will placental abruption affect my health going forward?

How will placental abruption affect my health going forward?

Not much: As long as you are not a smoker, have a chronic respiratory illness such as asthma there usually is not an issue with subsequent pregnancies. In the non-pregnant state, no impact on your future health as long as the abruption was properly treated. ...Read more

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What are the odds of the baby living after a 30% placental abruption?

What are the odds of the baby living after a 30% placental abruption?

30% abruption: Whether or not a baby will live with a 30% abrupion depends upon the gestational age of the baby. The most common time to have an abruption is during labor, and the majority of babies will survive. ...Read more

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What are the odds of the baby living if there was a 90% placental abruption?

What are the odds of the baby living if there was a 90% placental abruption?

Depends when/where: If a patient is in the hospital and experiences a significant placental abruption, it may be possible to perform an emergency cesarean and save the mom and baby from harm. Outside the hospital the life threatening risks are certainly much greater to both the baby and the mom. ...Read more

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Had a placental abruption but found no medical reason for it. Undergone tests as well but all were normal?

Had a placental abruption but found no medical reason for it. Undergone tests as well but all were normal?

Placental abruption?: The real danger is to the fetus. Why it happened, G-d only knows! Hopefully you will complete your pregnancy successfully and have a healthy child. Good luck! ...Read more

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Radiologists please answer. How do you diagnose placental abruption?

Radiologists please answer. How do you diagnose placental abruption?

They can't: Abruption is not always seen on ultrasound. Typically it is associated with bleeding, cramping or painful contractions, or significant pain. It's also the diagnosis of exclusion if all other reasons of bleeding are eliminated. Radiologist can usually see a large placental separation, but rarely is this the first sign of an abruption. Ct scans & mris are not used for this purpose. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Pregnancy Complications (Definition)

There are a host of potential complications in a pregnancy that range from bleeding to early labor and from medical issues like diabetes and high blood pressure to findings on ultrasound or blood tests that ...Read more


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Placental Abruption (Definition)

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