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What increases my risk for placental abruption?

If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you may be at increased risk for placental abruption:
  • Are you pregnant with twins or another set of multiples?
  • Have you been pregnant before?
  • Have you had placental abruption before?
  • Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure, a blood vessel problem like vasculitis, or a blood-clotting problem?
  • Are you older than 35?
  • Has your doctor discovered that your amniotic membranes have ruptured?
  • Have you experienced an injury to your abdomen while pregnant?
  • Do you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs?
  • Are you diabetic?
  • Have you been diagnosed with infection of the tissues around the fetus?
Have you had uterine fibroids?
Abruption of the placenta is the early separation of a normal placenta from the uterine wall. It can cause serious problems for both baby and mother. Some of the risk factors for abruption include:
  • Age 35 or older
  • Have had more than four or five children
  • Twins or triplets
  • High blood pressure
  • Cocaine/methamphetamine use
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • History of previous abruption

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