What are the Risks?
Since placental abruption is a serious complication that can harm both the mother and the baby, it is important to know the possible risks and to immediately seek medical help.
Here are some effects of placental abruption effects on the baby and mother:
Placental Abruption Effects on the Mother
Placental abruption causes the mother to excessively bleed or hemorrhage in her uterus and vagina. This can further cause other complications such as fainting due to shock, problems with blood cutting, and even the need for immediate blood transfusion.
Furthermore, placental abruption can call for an emergency Cesarean section. Other complications include acute renal failure and pituitary necrosis. As a last option, if the bleeding doesn’t stop, doctors may perform a hysterectomy or the surgical removal of the mother’s uterus. As a worst case scenario, the mother can die due to blood loss.
Placental Abruption Effects on the Baby
Some of the most common placental abruption effects on the baby are premature birth, brain damage caused by a decreased supply of nutrients and oxygen, as well as restricted growth inside the uterus.
Just like the mother, there’s also a potential that the baby could die while still developing inside the mother’s womb, resulting in a stillbirth.
What are the Treatments?
No matter what stage of the pregnancy, if the doctor detects signs of placental abruption, it is important that the condition of the mother and the baby be regularly monitored. There are some cases when it isn’t too severe and the mother could just rest at home with some medications to help the baby develop properly.