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How does placental abruption affect the body?

Placental abruption causes the placenta to come away from the uterine wall before time. When this happens, the mother may have  vaginal bleeding that prompts an emergency visit to the hospital. Too much bleeding, or hemorrhage, could lead to shock. Also, in some cases, blood vessels begin to clot, the kidneys may shut down, and bleeding could seep into the uterine wall if placental abruption occurs.

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