|Why did my sister have to have an emergency caesarian when
she was diagnosed with placenta abruptio?
This condition means that the placenta has, for whatever
reason, torn away from the walls of the uterus. Thus the
baby is no longer receiving any nourishment or oxygen and
the mother may be haemorrhaging. Under these conditions
the baby needs to be delivered as quickly as possible. This
generally means an emergency caesarian unless conditions
allow for a quick vaginal delivery.
If it occurs, the pregnant woman will usually be in her
usually be in her final trimester, and often it will not
be her first pregnancy. Poor nutrition predisposes a pregnant
woman to this problem.
It is possible for placenta abruptio to occur without any
external bleeding. This occurs because the blood may be
trapped in the uterus and vagina. The patient will still
show the signs of classic shock – such as pale, damp
skin or dizziness. For this reason a pregnant woman should
be carefully watched after any incident such as a fall.
This is certainly a case for the emergency room.
Placenta - After Birth
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