Any moms experienced a placenta abruption?

Tammy - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I had my son at 32 weeks because I had a placenta abruption. Before this happened to me I had never heard of it and everybody that asks me about it have never heard of it. Mine was unexplained so I don't know why it happened. I didn't have high blood pressure, do drugs, or anything that is a known cause. I don't think this is a common thing and just wondered how many of you experienced this. I was told it could happen again if I have another child.

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Mehgan - posted on 10/19/2011

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I had a placena abruption with my son. They thought I was 24 weeks but after he was born they thought he was actually about 22 weeks. He was born April 1st of this year and he passed away on the 16th. I had never heard of this before. I like you didn't do anything to cause it. I have found out afterward that it is a lot more common than people realize. It happens to about 1 in 150 births, one that is bad enough to cause early births happens a lot less. I am now 17 weeks pregnant with Eli, and I have another placenta abruption and they are worried about me having him too early again. Does anyone know if there is anything to do that can fix it?

Gina - posted on 10/28/2011

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I only just found this site so realise I am late on the discussion.

My 2nd child, a beautiful daugther, was born sleeping at 40.3 weeks. It was a complete shock to everyone there (dr, nurses, & us). It was not until I delived the placenta that they realised that I must have had an abruption during the short 3 hr labour. The tear occurred near the umbilical cord and deprived my poor baby girl of the oxygen she needed. I had had an ultrasound & check up less the 24 hrs before i went into labour and everything looked great & healthy. I don't smoke or do drugs, I had a healthy pregnancy. I felt great & we were just so excited that the day to meet her had arrived. I have continually blamed myself for months but no one could find a reason as to why it happened except that there must have been a weakness in the attachment of the placenta to the uterus wall that must have been pressued during a contraction. It's awful not knowing if there was something I could have done to prevent it happening - she was so perfectly developed in everyway and a heathly 3.45kg. I am now 27 weeks preg with #3 and so very anxious about the birth. Dr's have recommended a c-section-more for emotional stress reasons. I am confused but will do anything that will help my 3rd child to arrive safe & sound.

Kimberly - posted on 10/02/2012

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I had not one, But two Placenta Abruptions! The first one was with my now 17 yr. old son at 34 weeks. (5 weeks 5 days early). I had an emergency C-Section 30 mins. after the bleeding started. I waited a long time before trying to have another child as I didnt want it to happen again. Doctor said my chances were really good that it wouldnt happen again..5% that it would. I became pregnant and BOOM at 34 weeks (5 weeks 1 day early) I had another ABRUPTION.He is now 5..:) I was so lucky both my boys and myself are alive and well today. Needless to say, I will never have any more children as I made sure it wouldnt happen a 3rd time.

Bee - posted on 01/11/2016

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I had a placenta abrubtion last month i was 25+2 and my little girl did not make it. I also had a abrubtion with my first child 8yrs ago at 29 weeks and shes a healthy 8yro. I want to try again but wondering if anyone has had a succesful pregnancy with help of baby asprin/lovnox etc

Doris - posted on 10/19/2012

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My first daughter was born at 26 weeks. After her delivery it was discovered my placenta was a quarter of the way detached. About 2 months before I had her I worked in a nursing home and one of the alzheimer's residents hit me in my stomach. I felt my whole belly swoosh from side to side. I never had any bleeding prior to going into labor, so I just let my doctor know about at my next check up. He didn't suspect anything was wrong, so I'm not sure if that was the cause. My daughter is 10 now and healthy and smart. (Almost as tall as I am!)

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Seanna - posted on 03/21/2018

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Shelly—-Almost identical story for me, but I was 37 weeks. Although I had a c section5 hours after arriving to the hospital — it took 4 hours of waiting to get an ultrasound and that’s when they said I had placenta abruption and a 6cm blood clot. My son has the same exact issues as your baby!!! What were the results of the MRI I’m so curious as my son is 19 months and has been in therapies and on 4/2/18 he sees the neurologist and that’s when I’m demanding the MRI since when he first went the doctor did other testing but never offered an MRI!

Shelly - posted on 11/10/2017

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I had my son at 39 weeks. I went to the hospital 01/14/2016 at 8 pm due to having contraction pains. I was only dilated at 4cm but wasn't changing within an hour. So they decided to induce my labor since I lived far out and wouldn't have to make a trip back in the morning. They took me to my room and set up everything to induce my labor and give me my epidural. Hours went by I was dilated to a 6 so they broke my water couple hours later around 12am they notice I had heavy bleeding. Having to change the pad underneath me repeatedly. They took my blood and realized my placenta abrupted and noted I wasn't high risk nor did I have complications during my pregnancy. Then my sons heart rate dropped as well as mine and my blood pressure to. They rushed in and gave me oxygen and turned me on my sides and they even tried placing a exercise ball inbtween my legs to help speed up the delivery. Then comes the doctor with papers for me to sign for an emergency c-section or the use for forceps or vaccum suctioning. He described to me everything that would be used if nessary, so I agree and I sign the papers. Me thinking in my head omg what is happening what the hell is a placenta abruption? I said I hope I don't have to have c section unless I really have to have one. He leaves out. Nurses coming and going checking on me. I start to have sharp pains coming back to back. I have trouble breathing and feeling so dehydrated that I kept begging for ice chips and telling nurses I feel suffocted. They kept telling me to breath I'm like yea if I didn't feel as if I'm dieing and fighting to live. Hours upon hours go by I'm thinking to my self am I going to have a c section I felt as if asking the nurse would be the same response if I was talking to a wall so it would be useless to catch my breath to ask a question that nurses should know but then my son decides to come out at 6:53 am vaginally 01/15/2016 8lb and 21 in long thankfully breathing and seemed to be healthy. Then he seemed to be orange as if I deliverd a pumpkin he had jaundice with a high billiribon for a week or 2. Now being 22 months old having delopmental delays started walking at 15 months with a limp and constantly loosing balance falling left side weaker than right side went to a neurologist this month finding out he has brain damage and learning disabilities won't know exactly what he has until his MRI n december. Has any other mother experience this????

Yummythingzboutique - posted on 03/31/2016

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At the time, I had given birth 4 times to Healthy children. Never a complication of any kind. Being healthy myself and a extremely easy pregnancy. I woke up one morning and used the bathroom. When I sat down I gushed everywhere. I thought Omg I'm only 26 weeks (with twins) my water just broke. I stood up and seen blood everywhere. I immediately felt for my babies, ran to my bedroom and laid flat on the floor while my daughter called 911. Unknowing what was happening I didn't want to take any risks by moving. At the time My husband was traveling home from his job. He was a couple days away. SO it was just the kids and I... After calling 911 they Rushed me to the Hospital. The main focus was getting the bleeding to stop. It's hard to remember everything as I was in and out.. Everyone was amazed that I was so calm. I was very worried about my vitals and knew stress would not be kind to my babies. The moment I felt movement I cried like a baby. I knew at that moment they were still alive. After getting all hooked up at the hospital, they call my Dr.... He was very very mad. His office had just given an ultrasound the day before and had missed something.... He apologized profusely. He was a bottom line Dr. He said Look. Get your husband here, there is a chance you will all die. I can handle his manor as I asked for the bluntness. They began a barrage of medications and steroids in case of removal of the babies. Now 1 or 2 days in the hospital my bleeding was under control. I begged the Dr to go home to be with my children. He said NO you will stay ONE more day, just to be sure you are okay. That night my husband went home to put our kids to bed. We said our good night's on the phone. I conversed with my nurses during shift change and I watched some TV. MY Nurse came in to check me out and take my vitals. As she was leaving I felt another Gush.... I yelled, Wait. Something is wrong. I think I'm bleeding again... the nurse said I'm calling your doctor right now. In the meantime you call your husband and tell him to get here. While trying to explain to my husband the importance of him being there I was also trying to also hear the nurse describing her concerns to the doctor. I told him it's bad the nurses scared... the nurse got off the phone with the doctor and said we have got to take you back to surgery now it's happening. Your husband's not going to make it here in time. These babies have to come out now even if its only 26 weeks. The nurse brought another nurse in to help her and they asked if I minded, but they wanted to pray over me before I went into surgery since my husband wasn't going to be there and I was going to be alone. Absolutely yes, I said.. Please! SO they did and that ONE nurse said I will keep praying as I was wheeled into my surgical team ND Dr. Little did I know the doctor had been sleeping there 24 hours a day at the hospital in case.... everything happened so fast and the doctor tried to explain everything that was going to happen. Team A was in there as well as Team B and my team was in there for me. He said we have to put you to sleep and intubate you. Your husband's not here yet... Shaking I nod in acknowledgement... I go to sleep. I woke up to excruciating pain. The nurse was punching me in my stomach to get the bleeding to stop. Too much was coming out too quickly and I was bleeding out. So I had to endure her punches in order to get my blood to clot. Most excruciating moment of my life. I screamed....
As I look over, I seen my husband finally made it there just as I died. He said. When I came to I couldn't understand what was happening, but I could hear him say the babies are stable on machines. I have no recollection of how much time had passed before I was wheeled out of the surgical room see my babies for a brief moment before going to my new room. My babies a boy and a girl weighed 2lbs each born April 1, 2009 @26 weeks of gestation. Whenever I was strong enough I strolled The Halls down to the chapel and seen a note for a prayer that said please pray for my babies. One boy, one girl passed away today. Omg, I had a boy and a girl today. I look at the mothers name. Tiffany. OMG, My name is Tiffany... I know it was April fools,but it never crossed my mind. I did find out that it was real. Her babies passed away and mine were fighting to live...
I cried for her for months.....
The Dr refused to tie my tubes,because he was convinced the babies would pass. We were adamant about not being pregnant ever again. Didn't matter, still had to do it out patient at a later time.

69 and 80 days later my babies came home without any serious lifelong disabilities. Tomorrow we will be celebrating their 7th birthday. We named them Harley & Hemi... It took me years To get over that day. My husband brought me out of it and made me talk about it. Now, I can speak of it without breaking down . I never knew what placenta previa or placental abruption was previous to this experience. I had never heard of it before.

Kalia - posted on 04/05/2015

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Well ,hi Ladies where do I begin well I would like to say sorry for everyones lost .well my story start off at 22i had my fisrt child she was born at 28weeks I was preeclampsia and toximia due to that had to have a c section she was born 1 lb 14oz and she was blessed with no problems and fine tell this day .With my second child they considered me high risk and i thought i was going to go through the same thing then but I was fine and gave birth to a healthy baby boy .my third pregnancy still the same considered high risk now with her i had real high blood pressure to the point on the delivery table my bp went up 210_123I could have died but I was blessed as well and my baby was fine .I had got pregnant 2yrs later and end up having my first miscarriage.after that took place not no time wasted I was pregnant again and this time with twins .my pregnancy was kinda ruff but ok my 7month on 4_15_14 I had terrible pains me being me ok let me practice my breathing shortly afta the pain became so severe dat i couldnt take it but the dr stated only come in if I began to bleed shortly afta our covo it happened I rush to the hospital they told me they wasnt getting a strong heart beat and to get ready to have the babies.my babies didnt make it I delivered one but the other one they said vanished and due to the loss was a abrupt placenta.My babies day is coming soon and till this day I grief so hard

Chelsie Renee - posted on 07/28/2014

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im currently in the hospital because I had a placenta abruption im pregnant with twins and it happened around the little girl!

Emma - posted on 07/22/2014

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I had an abruption at 23+6 days. My daughter whom I named Hope, was born weighing 1lb 4oz. After a hard long rocky road, she is now tall for her age, 7 in november and exceeding in school! Either way, I had bleeding for several week and stayed in the hospital, they said baby was happy and heart rate was fine, no signs of her in distress and I was discharged. Later that day, I got heavy contractions and I knew she was on her way. Nobody believed me when I arrived at hospital they sent me to the maternity ward to wait for the doctor, my partner called for them and one look at me I was rushed to delivery. There has never been any explanation as to why it happened. I have two older boys both born 2 week late, I am currently 22 week pregnant now and have recently discovered I have placenta previa and am just hoping to god its not round 2.

Joggy - posted on 06/24/2014

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I also had a placenta previa n resulted in placenta abruption and preeclampsia, with my first born I had a breech and had to go for emergency cesction.im so shatterd that I dnt even hope that I will ever have another baby,i first started feeling the back pain then started the bleeding and my mum rushed me to the hospital were they said I had a placenta privea.i was admitted for 3 days,but I kept worrying about my bby movement caus it wsnt normal then the following day when the nurse came to do ultrasound the heart beat was not there,i bleeded internally and they didn't realise that up until I became pale,the dr thought my placenta has raptured and thought I woudnt make it but here I am today after 6 months but still experiencing the abdominal pains.i just developed high blood pressure,dnt wish that even to my worst enermy

Kathy - posted on 06/23/2014

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I had a placenta abruptiion during delivery of my son. He was only one week early. I think mine was caused by pitosin. They gave me pitosin when I was there for about 3 hours. They said I wasn't dilating enough so they gave me more. When they did this I felt my baby fall into my pelvis. At that point I started bleeding very bad. My baby heartbeat slowed. I was not in the pushing phase of my delivery yet. I was only dilated 5 cmm. The doctor freaks out and literally spreads my vagina with his hands. I should have had a c section but instead he attaches a vaccum extractor to my sons head. He pulled the whole time telling me to push. I couldn't feel to push. I was in so much agony. The nurses started to push down on my abdomen to push the baby out. I was tore to pieces. My baby was born with a big lump on his head. He is 22 now. He has shown physical signs of awkwardness. He also has had some really bad emotional issues.

Nalini - posted on 06/04/2014

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Hi! My name is Nalini and I had an abruption at 36 weeks. I had a perfect pregnancy..didnt smoke or drink, pressure and sugar normal, was active and healthy but only God knows what happened. I just felt severe cramps 4 days earlier, went to my local clinic. they didnt do much, not even an ultrasound but just felt my tummy and said baby seems fine but not low enough for birth yet.they said to have plenty of water and bed rest as it could be a infection..still the cramping continued.the next day, i went to my GP and did an ultrasound.much to my amazement my babys heart was beating.so my GP said the same thing the clinic said. so i went home, took the painkillers he gave me but got worse through the night. the morning after I got up with the same cramps and slight bleeding.my hubby rushed me to the hospital and they declared my baby stillborn. apparently my baby passed on through the night. my beautiful perfect babygirl weighed 2.8kgs and was fully developed..Safe with Jesus now..almost 2 years now but Im still trying for another baby as she was my 1st...

Kathryn - posted on 05/10/2014

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I suffered a placental abruption 10 weeks ago. Haemorrhaged severely and was extremely lucky baby & I both survived. He was born at 32 weeks by emergency c-section and spent 5 weeks in NICU. I spent a week in ICU and had to have 12 unit of blood transfused. It was unexplained. I'm still suffering a lot of pain 10 weeks later. Is this normal?

Leah - posted on 05/08/2014

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I am super late to this post, but wanted to share. I had my son at 32 weeks 8 years ago tomorrow due to placental abruption. I was 31 yrs old, non smoker, no drugs, no high blood pressure. Started bleeding on and off at 24 weeks. I was hospitalized in the high risk labor/delivery unity of the hospital many many times and then released when the bleeding stopped for at least a week. I had a severe abruption at home, at 32 weeks and made it to the hospital before the real contraction started. I have never seen so much blood in my life. Not to be gross, but as they tried to stop the labor (his heart rate was perfectly fine the entire time), I was bleeding the hugest blood clots I've ever seen. Finally decided to do an emergency C-section and my baby boy was born and spent 3 weeks in the NICU. They had no explanation as to why the abruption happened, but did confirm during the surgery that my uterus was full of blood clots and my placenta was indeed tearing away. My son is now a healthy happy 8 year old with no complications. Needless to say, I am WAY to scared to try with another pregnancy.

Janice - posted on 04/12/2014

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I had a partial abrupt I placenta with birth of 3 rd child. Quick labor. Baby retracted breathing at birth but ok at 37 weeks. 8 years later I has a hysterectomy. My uterus had lypomas and myopmas and endometriosis and irregular shape. My ob thinks shape of uterus possibly contributed to attachment issues. My babies all under 6.5 lbs and all born 3 weeks early

Eileen - posted on 02/19/2014

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I had a placenta abruption with my third pregnancy. My pregnancy was fairly normal. I was 34 1/2 weeks and began bleeding while at work. I went to the hospital and was induced and delivered that day. My doctor told me it could happen again in future pregnancies.My baby does have asthma pretty bad but that is it. Hes 2 1/2 now. I just found out I was pregnant a few days ago. This one was not planned and im very worried about it happening again. I dont know if theres any preventive measures to take because I was unaware last time and nothing showed to doctor s as a red flag before it happened.

Nikki - posted on 01/30/2014

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I had a placenta abruption with my first child. I was 35 weeks and 5 days pregnant with no complications other than a low lying placenta earlier in the pregnancy which noone was concerned about. I woke up thinking my water broke to find gushing blood that would not stop. I had to meet an ambulance half way to the hospital. I was taken in to the hospital(which was not the planned place to deliver) with a doctor I had never met. However thank God for him. He met me at the hospital immediately called for an emergency c-section sent everyone out of the room and within 5 minutes In surgery. My daughter was born with no complications. The only issues we had were after we took her home and for about a week after everytime she would throw up some milk it was always tinged with dried blood(which was what she was swallowing during the abruption) I was so blessed. All the nurses called her the angel baby because of the severity of the bleeding.
I got pregnant two years later which resulted in a miscarriage with increased bleeding. Of course after this I was terrified to get pregnant again. After 8 years I was pregnant for my second daughter. I went back to the same dr that delivered my first because he was there and witnessed the horrible situation. He was overly cautious with me. At about 20 weeks I started with high blood pressure and I was immediately put on bed rests except for the weekly doctor visits, stress tests, and ultrasounds that he did. It was so awesome to have a physician that was so concerned. At 35 weeks and 5 days he scheduled me for a csection of the second child. When I went to his office the day before for my stress test the baby was not moving much. I was admitted to the hospital, he did an amnio. I had to have a second set of steroid injections for the babies lungs. As I was monitored the contractions began. I was having that baby whether anyone was ready or not. A csection was performed and I had another healthy baby girl.
My prayers are with all that have encountered this. It is a very scary situation!!!!

Emma - posted on 12/28/2013

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I'm super late to this convo but just wanted to share my story. Before my first successful pregnancy I had 4 miscarriages. All ending before 13w and ending in sever bleeds requiring transfusions and surg. My 7th pregnancy was a twin pregnancy and and 14w we lost one twin due to the placenta coming away but my pregnancy continued until 36w when I delivered my daughter after waking up in a pool of blood and not being able to make her move, they tried to induce but ended up doing a c section when her heart rate got sluggish. She is now 2 & completely fine with the exception of nasty asthma.

I also have a 6 month old who was born at 32weeks. I was very apprehensive to have another baby and my ob/gyn kept assuring me 'no it won't happen again it was just bad luck' (no he was just a dumb arse) I woke up and was 27w n having full blown contractions & bleeding and transferred to a big hospital because they though I'd need to deliver, but the abruption was only partial again and bubs looked well soz I was on strict bed rest in hospital and then woke up one day (32w) in the most pain I've ever felt in my life and super bad bleeding! They delivered straight away by emerg c section and baby wasn't doing so well she had to be put in ventilation and spent 13 weeks in hossy but after a crappy start she's doing better. She's deaf a And has bad seizures (they aren't sure if it's because she was starved from oxygen or if it was because she caught meningitis while in hospital) but is otherwise well!

Some people just have shitty placentas and it's nothing you 'do' that causes it. My new dr believes this is why I've has miscarriages and 2 abruptions, placenta just never attached right in the first place. I still think in another few years I will try for number 3, I have more of an understanding on what to expect now which will help me be a little more prepared.

My thoughts are with all you lovely strong ladies who have gone through similar things xox

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hey...my name is Chasity...I suffered from placenta abruption during delivery of my 2nd child. He was born at 32 wks also, I had a pretty normal pregnancy, but I would always have mild contractions. The day I had my son, I was at the grocery store, and got very dizzy and light headed, I started to see dots, and have very bad cramps, rotating my lower back and stomach. My husband drove me to the ER and they admitted me, my son heart rate would drop with every contraction I was having, and they had to perform an emergency c-section, the surgeon told me if I would have been an 1hr late, neither of us would be alive today, because it had completely seperated, my son was born not breathing, but thanks God he finally took a breath....and now he is 3months old to the very day...and is a handful lol...he is normal little boy. He had a rough start, but he is booking and rolling now...literally...ROLLING EVERYWHERE lol!!!

Svjetlana - posted on 05/30/2013

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I had my son at 32 weeks due to P.A. They are not sure why but possibly because I have a heart shape uterus. He is fine now....

Jeanniemorgan - posted on 05/22/2013

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My daughter is 22 weeks pregnant she started bleedin heavy the nurse pactoiner to her that the baby kicked loose part of the placenta and this caused her bleeding for days. she feels the baby moving and she has No pain and the heart rate is fine but, I have Never heard of the baby kicking causing the placenta to tear? Im very worried about her and I cant find anything about this other than bad things. has anyone else ever heard or had this happen?

Sweetgirlsmama - posted on 06/29/2012

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I thought the same thing you did. My baby was a 28 weeker and i was also suffering from interuterine hypoxia, which they knew about so I was in the hospital on bed rest, then all of a sudden i started bleeding and they could not find my baby's heartbeat. They delivered her and she was not alive, but was resusitated. She has resulting brain damage, CP and lots of other health problems too. I do not plan on having anymore children, my doctor did not recommend that I try unless I get genetic testing first incase it was genetic.

Kristina - posted on 06/25/2012

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I had a placental abruption, also, when I was in labor w/ my daughter. no one explained anything to me, I don't remember if I asked. I had been in labor for at least 24 hours & hadn't dilated past 3 or 4cm. & I had an emergency c-section. I had lots of (now I think) "tearing" sensations inside my abdomen when I would move "wrong", but who knows. Also, my daughter was pressing on my pubic bone for at least the last month, she has a permanent red mark between her eyebrows as a result. it was very uncomfortable. I know a little more this time around.



A few days before, one of the hospital doctors, (who seemed like sort of a bully, so I went w/ the other Ob/Gyn, who is my doc. for my 2nd pregnancy) tried to scare me into getting induced early, because the amniotic fluid was low, but all the hours of monitoring the baby showed a strong, healthy heartbeat. well, I'll stop rambling.



this was helpful a little:

http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/placen...

Mehgan - posted on 10/19/2011

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I had a placena abruption with my son. They thought I was 24 weeks but after he was born they thought he was actually about 22 weeks. He was born April 1st of this year and he passed away on the 16th. I had never heard of this before. I like you didn't do anything to cause it. I have found out afterward that it is a lot more common than people realize. It happens to about 1 in 150 births, one that is bad enough to cause early births happens a lot less. I am now 17 weeks pregnant with Eli, and I have another placenta abruption and they are worried about me having him too early again. Does anyone know if there is anything to do that can fix it?

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2011

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I'm way late on this conversation, but ran across it in my own research (preggo with #2) - might want to be asked to be tested for Factor V (as in five) Leiden. I'm asking my doc to test me (if I haven't already--- I've had alot of tests since #1 born 2 yrs ago) just to make sure. I had #1 at 32 weeks, all blood work fine, no preeclampsia, just unexplained abruption.

Bonnie - posted on 03/08/2010

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Hi Tammy:

I had the same as well. At 33 weeks I was told that I should be able to feel my baby moving inside me about 10 times an hour. I was lucky if I felt him move once a day much less 10 times an hour. This was a major concern, and so I took further action and went to the hospital when I got admitted at once. Up to that point I did not have high blood pressure and do drugs or drink either. When time came to have Xavier, they told me the same thing. "it was like your placenta had a heart attack at 28 weeks". They had no explanation for it what so ever, other than the advice of not having any more Children. We went through everything to try and figure it out and came up empty every time. All in all I had a healthy preemie boy at 2lbs 14 ozs, and was very lucky. So upon the advice of Doctors, we have not had more Children. I have my gorgeous son who is now almost 5 years old and I have 3 beautiful step-daughters between the ages of 12 and 15. My family is complete.

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2010

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oh and i'd like to add that i also had a full-term, healthy baby boy in 2008 with no complications. proof that i hadn't done anything wrong the first time, and thanks to switching doctors my boys are both healthy and thriving =)

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2010

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i had no signs of anything going wrong. i was having a healthy pregnancy, then around 24 weeks i woke up in the middle of the night and there was blood everywhere. i went to the hospital and they determined i was in preterm labor, gave me a shot and discharged me without my doctor even coming to check on me. it happened again, and they did the same thing and put me on bedrest. the day after christmas (26 weeks) i was out of town and still having painful contractions (they hadn't stopped but my dr was an idiot and said bedrest would fix everything - he needs his license revoked) and went to a hospital with a great reputation. the dr on call determined my sac had ruptured and that if i hadn't come in that day i would have lost the baby. he made me decide if i wanted an emergency c-section or wait it out, so we decided to get him out so he could be rescued. sometimes doctors are seriously the stupidest people. it is true that all they care about is seeing the most patients and making the most money.

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2010

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ooh yea i also had bleeding when i was 3 months preg and they said it was nothing, but then i kept having severe pressure on my pelvic bone so they gave me a belly back pack and after wearing that for one day i began contractions and then my placenta ruptured.

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2010

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i had that and mine was caused from having 2 different blood disorders that contradict themselves that my doctor didn't know i had. first i have anemia and then i also have antifosspholipid syndrome. my doctor told me that if i got preg again it would either me or the baby's life, which after alot of research thats not the case. but if u do want to get preg again then make sure that u are taking vitamins, eating very healthy and taking very good care of yourself. also take urself away from unneccessary stress. i hope everything works out for u. just do your research, thats wat the internet is for lol!!!

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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I was admitted into the hospital with ridiculous blood pressure - 200/120. They said that they thought that I had preeclampsia, then they said that I didn't and that I could go home - then I did, and would be in the hospital until I delivered (I was 28 weeks). Fortunately I stayed, because I was in the hospital when I have a placental abruption of 70%. I was rushed to surgery, and my son was delivered.

Four years later, I am currently 13 weeks along with baby #2, and really worried. My blood pressure is high already, but I am being followed closely by my high risk doctors. But at least I know what caused my abruption - I cannot imagine not even knowing.

Stacey - posted on 02/24/2010

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i was 28 weeks when i had a abruption it was painfull and i was never told why or how it happend but dont be discuraged from having more i was lucky enough to have another went all the way to 38 weeks and never had any problem although i was considered high risk because of my previous pregnancy as long as you have good prenatal care i wouldnt worry.

Coreen - posted on 02/24/2010

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I had a placental abruption at 27 weeks, it was the most painful thing i have ever experienced. I hemmoraged badly and needed a transfusion..

Misty - posted on 02/20/2010

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I had placental abruption at 33 weeks.My doctor told me that this usually comes from being hit in the abdomen area while pregnant, which never happened to me. I did occasionally smoke cigarettes throughout the pregnancy, but I also smoked more with my other 2 children and didn't have placental abruption with them. Two days before the abruption, we got a new house and I was climbing in and out of it (the steps weren't built yet), so that is what I think caused it for me. The stretching I did when climbing maybe pulled something it shouldn't have. And although my son was 7 weeks early, God blessed us with a healthy baby. He was small (3lbs,5oz), but healthy. He spent 13 days in the NICU and then came home. He is now 6 months old and he's been sick once (just a cold). From what I've heard about it, your chances do go up for getting it if you've had it with previous pregnancies, but talk to your doctor if you're planning to get pregnant again.

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It happened to me at 32 weeks as well. Afterward, my doctor said it "could" be due to my auto-immune issue and I should seek more testing before TTC again. I'm annoyed that he didn't mention this as a risk beforehand since he knew about my health concern. Otherwise, I don't have a real reason either - he just said that auto-immune (arthritis) could be the factor but it could have been spontaneous as well.

The nurses in the ER said it was because I was shopping that day and they theorized I walked too much... but the doctor said there was NO WAY that was the cause, so who knows. It was very scary though, so I can relate.

Tammy - posted on 02/19/2010

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Thanks. I do remember having an infection like in my 2nd month of pregnancy, it was bacterial vaginosis but they said it was common in pregnancy and I was treated for it with an antibiotic, flagyl and it went away but I had some bleeding before hand which prompted me to go to the ER to have it checked and that is when they found the infection. The day before my abruption I was feeling really "under the weather" I was laying around and didn't feel like doing anything that day unlike me b/c I usually like to get out of the house. I layed down that night and the next morning is when it all happened. I can never forget that.

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Well I had a really good gynecologist (Head of gynecology surgery no less) and he told me that it was unlikely that I had done anything to cause the abruption. I had been feeling a little under the weather that day so I just took it easy. Mine actually happened after waking up from a nap. Abdominal trauma can be the cause but he said it would take a hard fall or a car accident to cause that kind of trauma not simply lifting something. Other causes can be an abnormality of the uterus or umbilical cord (like the cord being too short) Too little amniotic fluid, smoking cigarettes, drug use, or having an infection of some kind. 1 in 125-150 pregnant woman will have a placenta abruption and the risks are increased by 10% if you have had a previous placenta abruption for the next pregnancy. So even though you have had one before your risk of it happening again is less than 10%. My doctor did tell me that he had never had a perfectly healthy woman with an unexplained placenta abrution happen twice. It's one of those things that just happens sometimes. They are usually caused by High blood pressure, fibroids, blood disorders, abdominal trauma, infections or when your water breaks prematurely. SO... lol I highly doubt that you did anything wrong at all and I wouldn't let it discourage you from having another one :)

Tammy - posted on 02/18/2010

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The most discouraging thing is not knowing what the cause is. I wish I knew so I could know if it was anything I could have done to cause it.

Patricia - posted on 02/18/2010

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i had my son at 24 weeks because of an abruption. Sure, it could happen again, but please, please PLEASE if you want to have another child, don't let the risk stop you. I had my daughter at full term (actually, she was two days late!) after that and I started seeing a high risk OB in the beginning, but as my pregnancy went on normally, I stopped seeing her and went back to my normal OB. The second time can be better!!

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Yes. I had my son via emergency c-section at 26 weeks, 5 days due to placental abruption! They don't know what caused mine, either. I just started bleeding out of nowhere.

That was the scariest experience of my life! I want at least 1-2 more children, God willing. But I'm terrified at the thought of going through that again.

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Yes at 34 weeks. I had a huge undiagnosed tumor on my ovary though. They couldn't say for sure if it was the cause. It was my 4th child though so I already had plans to tie my tubes after but the doctor did tell me that you had a higher risk of it happening again if i were to have another baby. Honestly mine was so horrifying I would never even consider it. Mine was so bad that I thought my water broke. By the time I got to the hospital I was hysterical cause it wouldn't stop pouring out. God I feel sick just even remembering it.

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