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Placental abruption

Placental abruption

This is an uncommon yet serious impediment of pregnancy. In this condition, the placenta partially or completely separates from your uterus before your baby is born, thus depriving your baby of oxygen and nutrients and can cause severe bleeding that can be quite harmful to you both. Placental abruption occurs in about one in 150 pregnancies and is common in the third trimester but can happen anytime after 20 weeks.

The exact cause of placental abruption is often unknown, but possible causes include injury or trauma to the abdomen from a fall or rapid loss of fluid that surrounds and cushions the baby in the uterus.