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What are the symptoms of placental abruption?

After the 20th week of gestation, signs of placental abruption may appear. For many women, the main sign is vaginal bleeding (whether light or heavy). Keep in mind though, that sometimes there is no bleeding. There may be sudden pain in your abdomen or back that wasn't there before and your uterus could be tender. Also, you might have quick contractions, or contractions with no relaxation between them. If untreated, signs of shock may develop: anxiety, confusion, sweating, rapid but weak pulse, faintness and unconsciousness.

Dr. Deborah Raines, MSN
Nursing Specialist

The symptoms of placental abruption are acute, intense abdominal pain, uterine tenderness, sudden change in uterine contraction pattern and fetal distress. The abdomen becomes board-like as blood fills the abdominal cavity. Vaginal bleeding may or may not be present. Other symptoms are signs of shock, decreased urinary output and fetal demise.

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