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How does placental abruption affect my child?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

During placental abruption, the baby is not able to get enough oxygen because the placenta has come away from the uterine wall. This could lead to shock. Shock can sometimes end in fetal death. Fetal death occurs in 1 out of 800 or 1,600 affected births. Infants who survive the birth have a 40-50 percent chance of prematurity complications. Depending on the severity of the placental abruption, a doctor may prescribe a medication to speed your child's lung growth in preparation for this early delivery and to help mitigate the complications afterward.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A placenta abruption is the premature separation of the placenta from the uterine wall. As a result the fetus' source of nutrients and oxygen is lost. The fetus will exhibit signs of fetal distress and is at risk for perinatal asphyxia, potential neurologic damage and even death.

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