How is placental abruption treated?

Pregnant women with signs of placental abruption are usually hospitalized immediately and prescribed bed rest. While in the hospital, doctors will pay close attention to the condition and health of the mother and baby, administering blood transfusions if necessary. If there is no positive response to the rest, doctors may recommend delivery before the due date. Corticosteroids may be administered to help the baby's lung development in that case.
If placental abruption is suspected, your physician will recommend blood tests and an ultrasound exam. Treatment will depend on the percentage of placenta that has separated from the uterus, stage of pregnancy, amount of bleeding, the baby's condition and the presence of other problems such as pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH).

Treatment involves the use of intravenous (IV) fluids, monitoring your vital signs and fetal monitoring. If your blood count is quite low, your physician may discuss with you the need for a blood transfusion.

If the bleeding stops and the abruption is stable, you may remain in the hospital for a time and then go home to bed rest. If the abruption is moderate to severe, your physician may decide to deliver your baby.

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