When to Seek Medical Help
Consult your doctor if you develop signs of placental abruption, or you have any bleeding during pregnancy. However, if the bleeding is moderate to severe, especially when you also have other symptoms, such as pain, go to the hospital immediately.
Note that there’s no way to repair or reattach the placenta once it separates from the uterine wall. Treatment and the outcome usually depend on the amount of blood loss, the overall condition of the baby, the severity of placental separation, and the gestational age of the baby.
- If the baby is still too young to be born and the placental abruption is mild, the doctor may monitor your condition until you reach the 34th week. In this case, you may be allowed to go home and rest.
- Now, even if the baby is too young, but the placental separation is severe, or it poses a risk to you or your baby’s health, the doctor may recommend immediate delivery.
- If the baby’s condition is stable and they are near full-term, the doctor may recommend a closely monitored vaginal delivery.
- The doctor may also opt for an emergency C-section if the baby is near full-term, but the abruption is getting worse.
There’s still no one way to prevent placental abruption. The best thing to do is lower the woman’s risk by making sure she has a healthy pregnancy.
Some of the steps to take are:
- Avoiding smoking or drugs
- Making sure the underlying conditions are controlled, such as hypertension and diabetes
- Being very cautious to prevent accidents that might cause abdominal trauma
Learn more about Being Pregnant here.