Information about placental abruption

The placenta is your baby’s support system in the womb. If your placenta doesn’t work properly, your baby is at risk of health problems. Placental abruption is when your placenta comes away from the wall of your womb.

plancental abruption diagram

The placenta processes your baby’s nutrients, waste and oxygen by bridging your baby’s blood circulation with that of your own. It sits inside the womb alongside your baby, and is attached to the wall of the womb. It is linked to the baby by umbilical cord, which is attached to the baby’s abdomen.

Placental abruption (discussed here) and low-lying placenta are conditions linked to the placenta that can cause premature birth.

Placental abruption is a serious condition in which the placenta starts to come away from the inside of the womb wall before the baby has delivered. This is an emergency because it means that the support system for the baby is failing.

Studies show that placental abruption affects up to 1% of pregnancies (though it is suspected that the actual figure may be higher as it may not always be diagnosed). In this condition some or all of the placenta separates from the wall of the womb before the baby is delivered. This can be caused by an impact such as a car crash, or may be related to a condition such as pre-eclampsia or fetal growth restriction, also know n as Intrauterine growth restriction or IUGR.

When placenta abruption happens the placenta is damaged and the baby may not be supported to develop properly.

Symptoms of placental abruption

  • pain in the back and abdomen
  • contractions
  • tender womb
  • vaginal bleeding.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above get medical help immediately because they may signify an emergency.

In most cases of placental abruption it will be diagnosed from obvious blood loss.

However it could also be a concealed or ‘silent’ abruption, in which the blood is trapped between the wall of the womb and the placenta so there is little or no bleeding. In this case it would be diagnosed when the woman reports pain in the back or abdomen.

The level of pain depends on the severity of the abruption. A less severe abruption may feel like a bruise. A severe abruption will be very painful.

Read about the research that Tommy’s carries out into the placenta

Risk factors for placental abruption

Placental adruption is more likely if the mother:

  • had a previous placental abruption
  • is a smoker
  • is a cocaine or amphetamine user
  • has chronic high blood pressure
  • has pre-eclampsia
  • has had a blow to the stomach or an indirect trauma that may have affected the placenta
  • has an intrauterine infection.

To reduce your risk avoid smoking in pregnancy and taking street drugs in pregnancy.

What does placental abruption mean for me and my baby?

The effects and treatment of placental abruption depend on how severe it is. If you are under 34 weeks and only a small part of the placenta has broken away from the womb you will be monitored closely to make sure the baby is growing properly and to watch for signs of labour starting.

If there is a risk of your baby not growing properly then labour may be induced.

If the abruption is more severe, you are losing lots of blood and the baby is in distress or at risk of not growing properly you may need to have your labour induced or have an emergency caesarean.

In addition to any problems that the baby may have from the placental abruption, there are health risks of being delivered early. These depend on how far into the pregnancy you are.

Sources

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  5. RCOG (2011) Antepartum Haemorrhage, Green-top guideline 63,  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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  • By Susan wangui (not verified) on 27 Mar 2019 - 07:45

    I lost my son in 2018 through emergency cs.i had breeding at 8 months and after treatment it stoped.at 39 week i woke up in the morning went to the loo and saw some blood n i rashed to the hospital imediately.the doc checked me and said my stomach was filled with blood n i have to go for an emergency cs.the child was born alive but was taken to NBU and kept on oxygen since he wasnt breathing propery ,and later the doc told me i had placenta abruption which led to childs distress.now m afraid does it mean i will have placenta abruption in the next pregnancy

  • By Vicky (not verified) on 26 Mar 2019 - 15:08

    My first child is now 4 months old, healthy baby so far. They said that she has had heart murmur but not in danger and just keep an eyes on this. It may close up by itself later in her life.
    I had an emergency C-section on my 38 weeks pregnant due to placental abruption. My baby was 7 lbs 11oz when she was born.
    I am 36 years old , 94 lbs when I was pregnant . I gained about 40 lbs during my pregnancy. They checked me for diabetes 1 hour, 3 hours couple times due to my blood sugar was high but the result always came out negative. I am not smoking ( but a second smoker due to my dad smoking) , no drug , and no medicine was on entirely of my pregnant, no hypothyroidism. I have chronic anemia, low blood pressure and low ion.
    I was spotting bleeding at my first triamester. Entire the time of my pregnant all the check ups and ultrasounds, baby heart beats came out good.
    At 36 weeks 4 days I went for pelvis exam to see if any dialate but no dialate yet. I got a lot bleeding when I came home after the check up. So I went to hospital and they told me that I might have baby on that day, my contraction was every 9 mins, no pain, no dialate. They monitor my baby heart beat and send me home 4 hours later after I stop bleeding. No medicine was taking or anything was done , only monitor baby heart beat and my contractions. I have no pain at all.
    At 37 weeks (3 days later after my bleeding ), I have an ultrasound everything still good.
    At 37 weeks and 5 days I went for another check up baby heart beat was good, my blood pressure 110/70 . I refused pelvis exam on that day.
    At 38 weeks , that morning I had a little cramping , only a little pain like you had a period. My water boke couple hours later. I rushed to hospital and they told my baby heart beat still good, no dialate, don’t see anything danger in ultrasound. About an hour after they told me everything was good , they rush me in an emergency C-section due to loss of baby heart beat. They still did Not Know that I had Placenta Abruption until they do the surgery. They told me that they were very close to do my hysterectomy due to can’t stop my bleeding. But they didn’t do hysterectomy on me. They told me that they don’t know when my placenta start the abruption . My baby was all covered in blood clot. They asked me If I had any trauma to my body. I don’t have any, I don’t even have pain. They don’t know what caused my placenta abruption, they sent my placenta for test but nothing unsual.
    I was lucky. My baby is now 4 months old, about 15 lbs and healthy. I still stress about everything was happened to me and my baby. Everytime I look at her and think it is miracle. I wanna have another baby but reading all stories about mom lost baby I supper scared. If it ever happens to me I don’t know how I can handle it.
    I wish all the lost baby rest in peace. And the mom who lost baby please stay strong for your family.

  • By Stepheniec (not verified) on 7 Feb 2019 - 20:08

    It's been 5 days since I've been diagnosed with a mild placenta abruption. SaturdayI called out of work because I havent been feeling well . I was stressing out and doing laundry all day. I woke up at 9:00pm ruined underwhere and still bleeding. Being 19 weeks pregnant I freaked out and went t the emergency room. After sitting in there for 6 hours wondering if my baby was going to be okay or not they finally told me that I had a mild placenta abruption and that I would have to see my doctor on Monday when they opened. And to just go home and rest. After going through the whole thing and speaking to my OBGYN he said that they don't want me to work for the entire month and to just wait it out and see what happens... they weren't acting like it was a big deal so I wasn't really scared until I started to research it.. most of the time it happens in women 20 weeks or later I'm only 19 weeks and I'm so scared I'm going to lose my baby... I'm trying to do bed rest like they said and I'm trying not to stress out but how am I not supposed to stress when I have bills and no work for an entire month? I was going to use my tax returns to help and it turns out I owe this year even though all I do is work. I'm terrified and seeing all the stories of women losing their babies is heartbreaking... Any advice?

  • By Lauren (not verified) on 28 Dec 2018 - 20:09

    I had a placental abruption in labour with my daughter at 39 weeks in 2016. My consultant had a review with me 3 months later and advised that my body had been under too much stress during induction process and that I had been left too long. He also told me that future pregnancies would be closely monitored. Well I am currently 21+1 and I have seen a midwife twice. Mine is on the sick, so her stand in at my 16 week app was useless. She had none of my notes and wasn't going to listen for baby's heartbeat or anything. I have met with my consultant once and he has since retired. My next appointment isn't until the 10th January and I have been informed it may not even be with a consultant. I feel like I'm not getting a lot of care and support at all and although luckily, my daughter survived, I have suffered with PTSD and anxiety ever since. And I am wanting to birth in a different hospital, but no one seems to support what I want (professional wise) can someone give me some advice

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Jan 2019 - 15:45

    Hi Lauren, There are a lot of issues here which may be better discussed with one of us here on 0800 0147 800. We are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm
    Please excuse the long delay in responding to your question. We close for 10 days over Christmas and are busy catching up with all the messages still. If you don't see the consultant at your next appointment please try not to worry, the team of doctors caring for you will all be qualified and very able to address your concerns. They have to have up to 15 years experience before they can become a consultant. If you are not happy with your care and want to change your hospital, this is possible and will be supported. What area do you live in?

  • By Carla murray (not verified) on 27 Dec 2018 - 01:19

    My son is 3 in February, I had a full placenta abruption with him! The trauma has affected my mental health! Still to this day can’t stop the panic attacks! The first indication was the pain not stopping during contractions! I couldn’t come of the gas and air as the pain was unbearable! Then I had the first huge bleed! It was that big the surgeon just scooped it up and chucked it in to the bin! They put stockings on me and made me sign just “in case” of an emergency section. They then wheeled me round to the labour ward where I had my second huge bleed, I remember looking at my sons heartbeat it was dropping and on 29, this time they rolled me straight on my side and pulled the crash team button! So many people running round us it was terrifying! I just remember being run down the corridor to thetre with my other half running with the doctors! Then being pinned to the table and begging for them to hurry up and put me to sleep as I couldn’t cope with the pain! It really was scariest moment of my life! My son ate his own mecnioum through the distress and was oxygen asphyxiated! He’s almost three now non verbal no communication, no eye contact and also severe asthma! It’s been a tough three years! I was immense pain in the weeks leading up to labour but everytime dismissed, I was also induced for low amniotic fluid around my son! The signs were there but unfortunately no one took me seriously until it was to late!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Jan 2019 - 15:23

    Hi Carla, Oh my goodness, this would have been terrifying for you and your partner. I am so sorry to hear what you have been through. I wonder if you would benefit from a debrief session with a midwife or doctor with the notes in front of them. This can help you to understand what happened and why and it is never too late. You could also call us on 0800 0147 800 if you want to discuss it. We may be able to help you understand why decisions were made when you were unable to consent properly due to your bleeding. We wish you and your family all the best for 2019.

  • By Nadia (not verified) on 17 Dec 2018 - 21:30

    I gave birth to my son 20 weeks ago. It was an emergency c section due to placenta abruption. Thank goodness both him and I survived and we are well. My problem is I've been bleeding ever since. The bleeding is on and off sometimes extremely heavy and sometimes clotted. Is this normal? I've been exclusively breastfeeding by the way.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Dec 2018 - 14:59

    Hi Nadia, Congratulations on the birth of your son. Yes, placental abruption can be extremely serious and it is good that you are both well. It is not normal to be bleeding so long after the birth. We would usually refer to gynaecology if you are bleeding past 6 weeks and if you are passing clots this far past the birth I think that you should be seen. A referral from the GP is usually necessary to be referred to the correct clinic. Hopefully you can make these arrangements soon. Take care

  • By Philip (not verified) on 25 Nov 2018 - 14:47

    My wife is 23 week pregnant and saw little blood and severe abdominal pain and had to go doctor immediately.
    They think it is placental abruption and gave magnesium for 48 hours and steroids for baby lungs to mature fast. the contractions came back after they stop it. The cervix is tight and baby is healthy so adviced to bare with the pain as they think she is not close to the labor which is a good thing. But she is getting severe abdominal pain every other minute for about 15 seconds and she is crying to bare it. Any medication suggestions to reduce the pain and keep the baby healthy in there as long as possible?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Nov 2018 - 16:04

    Hi Philip,
    Unfortunately Tommy's is not a 24 hour service and urgent enquires should always be directed to your nearest Maternity unit.
    Please go Immediately to your maternity unit. It is not normal to have this pain at 23 weeks and she must be reassessed and cared for, for as long as these pains continue.
    We wish you all the best. Please let us know how things go. Tommy's midwives

  • By Jessica rice (not verified) on 23 Nov 2018 - 10:51

    I was 8 months pregnant with my beautiful butterfly baby girl only had 3 weeks left till my due date on the 3rd July 2018 i lost my little girl. When I was pregnant they didn't tell me nothing about placenta abruption I've never even heard of it untill I was rushed to hospital taking to have emergency C section being in ICU my family not knowing is I was going to making it after losing so much blood and the amazing doctors for bringing me back to life twice. I woke up to find my little girl had past away from all the blood. She was perfect so healthy, chubby and beautiful. My sleeping angel lost her life due to violence from my ex partner (her dad). I didn't think anything like this would happen the doctors checked me after the violence attack happen, they said she was fine but 2 weeks later my whole life changed. I wish pregnant women knew more about stuff like this in pregnancy because if I had known the signs or symptoms I would of gone straight to the hospital but because she was my second baby I thought I was in labour but I wasn't I was dying from all the lose of blood. My little angle past away and I'm struggling

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Nov 2018 - 11:19

    Dear Jessica,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful daughter, and what you have been through, not only with your daughter but also an abusive relationship. I really hope that you are getting some good support at this time. If we can support you or you just want to talk then please do email us [email protected]
    Best wishes and thoughts with you
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Sally (not verified) on 20 Oct 2018 - 12:39

    At 38 weeks, I woke in the early hours with stomach pains and lost a lot of blood when I stood up and my husband called for an ambulance. The ambulance staff very good, but they didn't make a point of seeing how much blood I had lost. In the hospital there was no consultant on duty, only juniors, I was feeling okayish until one insisted I lay on my LHS, I couldn't lie on my LHS all through pregnancy as it was always painful. At that point I lost a load more blood and as a consultant rushed in and barked orders, I was rushed for an emergency caesarean. Hubby had to sign for permission to operate as I was totally incapable. Later he was told that our son wouldn't make it, and that they had struggled to save my life. My son died 8 hours later. That was 1996. I had a daughter a year later, induced at 38 weeks as I was terrified of a repeat. Ever since I have suffered with ever increasing exhaustion which my GP finally diagnosed as hypothyroid combined with B12 deficiency last year. Apparently my THS has always been around 10, first tested when I was pregnant with my first child who is now 26. It was only on joining a hypothyroid facebook group that I found out how being hypothyroid increases the risk of placental abruption.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Oct 2018 - 12:28

    Sorry to hear this story and you will know that it still hurts even this many years later. There is evidence that there is an increased risk of placental abruption linked to hypothyroidism but I don't know how long ago this link was made. Best wishes Tommy's midwives

  • By Crystal Papworth (not verified) on 9 Sep 2018 - 00:20

    I think I had a placenta abduction with my twins as my waters went and I was heavy bleeding and in pain for 3 days before I was rushed for emergency c section my twins were born 7 weeks early and spent 3 weeks in scbu but my daughter passed away 16.7.18 could this have been because of the traumatic labour it was my little girls waters who went and she was left unprotected and while I was heavily bleeding

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Sep 2018 - 12:14

    Hi Crystal
    I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter and can only imagine what you are going through. I hope you have had an appointment with your maternity unit to discuss what happened and what could have caused the heavy bleeding. This discussion should also include plans for your care in your next pregnancy.
    Please do not hesitate to contact us on Tommy's Pregnancy Line 0800 0147 800 or email [email protected] for more personal advice and support

    Take care
    Tommy's Midwife

  • By Sara (not verified) on 14 Jul 2018 - 10:21

    Hi, i had a stillbirth on march 21 i was 36w +6 days, i had really bad back ache , my stomach was rock hard( i was told this is due to.blood collected in there) n had to go for emergecny c sec as whn i started bleeding ir wouldnt stop, so much so that they had to put me under general anesthesia . I was.told my.womb was badly.bruised but.she didnt.have to.remove it.just cleaned.it.up.and.stitched.it.uo
    My doctor who operated on me said she would advise me not to have any more children, now due to other.circumstances i have moved very far from.that area n have.been trying to get hold.of.my bereavment midwife but she does not answer.my.calls.anymore for.me.to ask her about thi and about what they found out if they did any tests as.to.why this.happened
    i just want to know is it.true,.can.i.really.not.have any.more.children?
    X

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Jul 2018 - 15:22

    Hi Sara, So sorry to hear this. It is really devastating to lose a baby any time, but to lose a full term baby is completely shattering. It may be still possible to talk to the doctor at your hospital by arranging an appointment through your GP. If not, the GP should have access to the notes and to any tests that were done on the placenta. If you were advised to avoid more pregnancies this should be documented in the notes.
    Sometimes when you are so full of grief It is difficult to remember what was said to you at the time but it is not unreasonable to request an explanation a few months later. If you need to talk please call us on 0800 0147 800. Best wishes to you x

  • By Yolanda (not verified) on 10 Jul 2018 - 18:18

    I lost my baby boy 3weeks ago,had a healthy pregnancy all the way up until June 14 when I couldn't feel baby movements.delivered my sleeping angel on 16 June.doctor couldn't tell cause of death am so upset coz I keep searching for closure

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Jul 2018 - 16:13

    Hi Yolanda, So sorry to hear this. It is truly devastating and we can understand your grief so soon after this trauma. If you are in the UK the doctors would be able to do some tests on the placenta to give you some understanding of the reasons why your beautiful baby boy died. If you want to talk to us you are more than welcome to call on 0800 0147 800. Take care

  • By Brenda (not verified) on 11 Jul 2018 - 19:20

    Im so sorry for your loss. Alliw yourself to grieve. Dont blame yourself. I hope you have a good support system.

  • By Martha (not verified) on 10 Jul 2018 - 15:12

    I also lost a son at 37 weeks of pregnancy due to placenta eruption. All was well until 4/6/2018 at around 10 pm at night. I felt a slight cramp and when I came down from my bed,the water broke and I started bleeding. Immediately I rushed to the hospital.I gave birth to my first born, now 5 yrs old through cs,but by then little did I bother to know y I gave birth to her through cs.Neither did I know that,it was because my pelvic bones were too small and that I can never give birth through a normal process. The doctors tried to ask me,but I couldn't give an assured answer and so they decided to give me time to see whether the cervix could open for me to deliver normally.I bled so heavily for 10 good hours,with so much pain that I've never felt since I was born.The doctors could wait no more coz the cervix was just 3 cm dilated.Immediately I was prepared for Theatre but before I was operated,the doctors prepared me psychologically by telling me that the child was no more.They indeed confirmed it when they removed my dead son out and told me that the placenta had not only completely detached itself from the uterine wall ,but i also had a low lying placenta and if it had taken me more than 15 mins before they took me to the operating room,I could also have gone. And if I had gone for scanning earlier at my pregnancy,I could have somehow saved my son.Am now worried if I might have the same problem with all my pregnancies.please help!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Jul 2018 - 16:29

    So sorry Martha, Yes, if you have had two cesarean sections and history of low lying placenta and abruption a normal delivery in the future will not be advised. If you have another pregnancy it is important that you have scans to find out where the placenta is attached. We send you our deepest condolences and love for the future. Take care

  • By Vanessa (not verified) on 19 Jun 2018 - 23:10

    I was about 14 weeks when i bled the first time and it was only for a day with no other pain. My ob told me to be on bed rest for 3 days and it stopped. It started again at about 16 weeks but all of my tests and ultrasounds were normal. At this point my bleeding was similar to a medium flow period with back ache. I figured the back ache was from the baby growing since the other test were normal. My ob did a pelvic exam and found no source of the bleeding. During my 19 week anatomy scan she found a very small detatchment of about 1cm and told me not to worry because it's very small and there's nothing I can do besides try to take it easy. I bleed every day from 16 weeks until i gave birth at 21 weeks. It was my "new normal" even though deep down I knew something was wrong. My back hurt, I had bleeding. I had pressure and peed more often, my pelvic area was tender. All the signs of plancetal abruption and i kept getting told eberything was okay. I had contractions that morning and delivered him no more than 3 hours later. He was still alive and kicking when i was attatched to monitors. My placenta had come off 3/4 while in the hospital bed and his heart stopped. I delivered him naturally and was able to hold him for a few hours. I was very healthy the entire pregnancy and had a perfect previous pregnancy, my ob said this was just a case where my placenta didn't attach correctly in one spot. I'm going to try again in 6 monhs with my ob's okay. She said there shouldn't be any issues with the next one since i am otherwise healthy.

  • By Goddess Henutsen (not verified) on 29 May 2018 - 06:52

    I'm scared. I don't want to lose my son. Are there any positive placenta abruption/premature birth stories anyone can share to give me hope?? Please...

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 31 May 2018 - 14:29

    Hi, Thank you for our comment.

    We are sorry to hear what you are going through, the can only be a very worrying time right now. Depending on the severity of the abruption, some pregnancies will have a small bleed at the placenta and this can be monitored, other may have a large bleed and baby needs delivering. Are you in hospital at the moment? If you are then please speak to the midwives or doctors that are looking after you, they will be able to give you a clear picture of what is happening and explained the care you will expect to receive going forward. They should monitor your baby's growth and make sure this abruption is not effecting the growth, but you will be monitored closely during all of this. If you would like more support then please email us on [email protected] . Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Vicky (not verified) on 15 Jun 2018 - 13:00

    I had this my son is now 2 but with meny problems now hope every thing god es well for u

  • By Alexus (not verified) on 15 Nov 2018 - 15:27

    My name is Alexus I also had a placental eruption i gave birth to a beautiful healthy babyboy November 29th 2017 he was delivered through cesarean he was 35 weeks and 5 days early weighing 7lbs 11oz I remember being at home I noticed it was only a hour I haven’t felt my son move so with that said I immediately notified my father and was rush to the hospital my ob was contacted did an ultrasound and found out my doctor placenta at detach my so who was still alive heart rate was was wonderful but he was showing in the ultrasound not moving so my doctor check my cervix and realize I was still 3 cm and the fact that this was serious doctors prep me for an emergency csection and by the grace of god Brayden was born healthy boy did he cried lol I’m so thankful to sharing my story I’m bless to say he’s my miracle baby

  • By Mother of a mir... (not verified) on 21 Jun 2018 - 18:22

    Exactly 29 years ago today I had a placenta abruption. I suffered severe blood loss and my daughter was deliverd via c-section. The doctors said my daughter would not live over night due to her oxygen loss. She was released from the hospital on July 4th. I am happy to report that I will help her celebrate Her 29th birthday today. Stay strong and keep the faith.

  • By Jessica (not verified) on 26 Jul 2018 - 21:54

    I am.the mother of a healthy 14 day old baby boy. I woke up Fri the 13 with what I assumed were the start of contraction at 730 am. (I was 37 wks)Called my doctore at 830 when they opened and after speaking with th em told me to.come in. I called my husband and told him.it Was time . He got home about 10 and we headed to hospital. By this time the contraction started to become stronger and closer 4min. Got to doc at 11 and the put me on monitor for about 30 min when I felt the worst pain above my pelvic. At that time my baby heart rate dropped to under 100 the nurse realized something was off and said I would be having babies today. I was already planned to have c section so they inserted the catheter and that's when hell broke loss. Blood was in my tube . The doctors realized the baby was in distress and I was bleeding internally. At 1145 the rushed me to o.r. gave me my pain stuff and got everything ready. It was a mad house for about 20 minutes. But, at 1206 David was born. He was oxygen deprived so the put a mask on him and an iv . They had to stop my bleeding so I didn't see him for awhile . The doctors later to me what had happens and that things could have been a lot worse if I had been there already. No.my story ism perfect and a lot of factors went into me having my son but yes a nother and a child can survive this. I wish all u mothers the best

  • By Mel (not verified) on 6 Aug 2018 - 21:35

    I had my last daughter at 34 weeks , had constant back pain and went to doctor's several times for this but told nothing, I had lots of scans as I had low lying placenta , the last scan they performed a internal to find placenta which felt wrong and consultant said I could deliver naturally as it wasn't covering . The pain in back continued and I carried on , I woke at night with a ripping pain and rang ambulance , I was sent to hospital put in triage for over two hours without being checked then as I was screaming a trainee midwife spoke to my partner who explained I don't usually scream , finally got taken to room with consultant who popped my waters as I was in labour and was monitored baby's heart slowed and as they popped waters blood was in so was given emergency c section .I was sedated for days in intensive care and baby was fine and in premature unit for three weeks before coming home .my only advice is push if it doesn't feel right don't walk away as they assume it's nothing and just pregnancy related I was lucky and five years on am 28 weeks am nervous but look out for back pain and demand a scan, I will be getting checked the moment I have any s ymptoms and won't be leaving untill I'm satisfied good luck all

  • By Jade (not verified) on 9 Aug 2018 - 01:31

    I suffered a placenta abrubtion with my second daughter, i was 39 + 3 and woke up in the night with blood literally pouring out of me, i went straight to hospital and was in so much pain was also in labor, they monitored me for a bit and eventually i was a cat1 emergency c section, baby needed some breaths when born and i haemoregged but thankfully we were both fine!! Not sure why it came away, she was 10lb 2oz so not sure if her being big had anything to do with it!! She's 21 months now and is thriving xx

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Aug 2018 - 14:56

    Thank you for your comments Jade. So good to hear that you and your daughter are both well. I expect that she is quite a handful now and keeping you very busy. Take care

  • By Pamela (not verified) on 14 Aug 2018 - 03:33

    I had zero risk factors for an abruption and it happened at 29w 5d with my third girl. I was in the hospital and closely monitored for 10 days and eventually sent home on bed rest and weekly fetal monitoring. She was born at 39w and is now 4. I’m currently 29w 3d with our first boy/last child and the greatest risk factor for spontaneous abruption is having had one previously. I’m a bit nervous myself but trying to live life normally. I know you’re anxious and I hope my experience will help you feel a little better. The most you can do is listen to the doctor, keep all appointments, and try not to make yourself crazy thinking about it (easier said than done, I know). There are many things that may contribute to an abruption and unfortunately, not everyone shares their full medical history in these kind of forums...try not to compare negative outcomes to your life because you have no idea if you’re even in a commensurate place- medically speaking, to other women. And keep in mind most people with positive outcomes aren’t sharing them because they aren’t working through grief and the need for a supportive community like this one. I came here to see if I could find any encouraging stories about subsequent full term pregnancies after an abruption...I’m glad I did so I could share with someone and I hope my story will be positive and encouraging for you. Much love to you and I wish you a healthy baby <3

  • By Lucy (not verified) on 7 Sep 2018 - 11:22

    Hi I saw your comment... it’s unbearable to read the above and imagine the pain these women have gone through but I do have a positive story for you. A car crashed into me and a week later I had a placental abruption... I woke up stood up out of bed and it literally all came out... I called an ambulance and he was deliverered by emergency cs within the hour, 6 weeks early but thankfully he is now a healthy happy baby boy. They said if I had woken up 20 mins later it would be a very different story. Just look out for pelvic pain, back pain, deep period pains and call an ambulance immediately if any bleeding. So much luck and love to you xxx

  • By Sheryl (not verified) on 9 Oct 2018 - 22:12

    I had a low lying placenta one day I just started bleeding went hospital they said plancenta had erupted got rushed to theatre put asleep and had a emergency c-section I lost 5pints of blood but my baby was ok born at 32 weeks spent 2 weeks on neo-natal word then he came home.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Oct 2018 - 12:46

    Thank you for sharing your story Sheryl
    If you need any further advice or support - please do get in touch by phone or email
    All the best
    Tommy's Midwife

  • By Iona (not verified) on 18 Nov 2018 - 08:59

    Hey! I I have one I had a placenta rupture with my 2nd little girl on the 7th May 2015 at 33weeks 2days via emergency c section and she is my gorgeous happy nearly 4 year old!! She was in scubu for 4 weeks I took her home at 36weeks gestation she my miracle baby bless the lord I hope this helps xx

  • By Georgina (not verified) on 26 Nov 2018 - 10:07

    I had a spontaneous placental abruption at 34+5 weeks with my first. All the symptoms of pain, contractions, bleeding etc.
    I got to hospital, was monitored and as the large secondary bleed occurred, they got me under a general anaesthetic and into theatre where my gorgeous little girl was delivered healthily.
    She was in SCBU for 2 weeks mostly because of gestation and 5 years later, she has no problems at all - wouldn't know.
    It took a while for them to stop the bleeding in theatre but I didn't need any transfusions and I've gone on to have 2 further uncomplicated pregnancies. I did decide to take aspirin throughout both those other pregnancies though in case there was some undiagnosed cause - although not much evidence for it.

  • By Kim (not verified) on 1 Dec 2018 - 12:14

    I’ve had 3 placenta abortions one at 27 weeks he is now 2 and hethly and 29 weeks she is 7 and one at 33 weeks she is now 5 . Stay positive ! Hope everything goes well

  • By Charlotte (not verified) on 19 May 2018 - 18:32

    I lost my little boy at ten days over his due date I was sent into the hospital on the Tuesday they said I I high blood pressure but sent me home and said they would induce me on Thursday
    They induced me on Thursday everything was fine baby heart beat was good he was fine I went for a walk had something to eat I came back because I had bad back pain and my contractions had start which were quit bad my midwife put me on the monitor and was a bit worried with how strong my my contractions were she then got another midwife to check it she said to take me of the monitor and that everything was fine with baby I then asked for pain relie pethidine which made me sleepy I then feel asleep and about 2:00 Friday morning my waters had broken there was a bit of blood but I though that can happen when your water break the midwife came in and said I was in labour they kept trying to find a heart beat but in the end there was no heart beat
    Could this be a placenta abruption and could I happen again in another pregnancy do women have more children after something this happens

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 May 2018 - 16:27

    Charlotte, I am so sorry to hear this. It is so devastating. Usually abruption is associated with continual pain. While contraction pains come and go, there is no break from the pain with abruption. I can't rule this out but there may be other reasons why your baby died. Have you had a discussion with your obstetrician to discuss the reasons? An appointment to talk through your pregnancy and the care received should be arranged for you. This should include discussing any future pregnancy and what should be put in place to reduce your risks. You are also very welcome to call us here at Tommy's if you want to discuss anything with a midwife. 0800 0147 800. We hope you have good support from your family and friends and we send best wishes from all at Tommy's.

  • By LD (not verified) on 15 May 2018 - 13:17

    I had a Placenta Detached at 39weeks and i had to go for a C-section, i had abdominal pain and then mild bleeding .
    My son is 3yrs old and diaglonised with ASD, is placenta detachment a problem.
    I remember the doc telling me that the heart beat of the baby was monitored and it was 150.
    Requesting for advice and feedback

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 May 2018 - 15:03

    Hi LD
    thanks for getting in touch. The person best placed to go through your medical and obstetric history with you about you and your son, is your GP. They will have access to your full medical and obstetric records and be able to more accurately help you to make any conclusions from there. I do hope that you get the answers you need soon.
    I am sorry to not be able to help you very much, but this is really not within a midwives knowledge base.
    All the best
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Sara (not verified) on 6 May 2018 - 01:23

    I had a placenta abruption at 39 weeks and lost my baby. until the midwifes realized what happened it was too late. Then by the next pregnancy i had a placenta abruption again at 36 weeks and luckily they manged to save my daughter who was born healthy and is now 5 years old. If i become pregnant again will i get another placenta abruption? and will it happen earlier than 36 weeks??

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 May 2018 - 11:10

    Dear Sara,
    I am so sorry to hear that you had a placental abruption and your firstborn died as a result of this. You then went on to have another baby at 36 weeks born early because of another abruption.
    I have included a link which states that the chance of abruption after 2 previous pregnancies complicated by abruptions is 19-25%.
    https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/placental-abruption---query-bank/
    If you feel able to become pregnant again you will be monitored extremely closely and this care will increase at around 34 weeks. It will mean that you will also be very aware of any signs or symptoms of abruption as your pregnancy progresses and you would seek medical help immediately.
    Please keep in contact and call us on 0800 0147 800 if you need any support.
    Warmest wishes
    Anna-Tommy's Midwife

  • By Leanne (not verified) on 1 May 2018 - 23:53

    I had placenta abruption at 36 weeks with my son. He was born via emergency c section and I now a healthy beautiful 3 year old boy. I'm terrified if I got pregnant this could happen again x

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 May 2018 - 12:59

    Hi Leanne, Thank you for your comment.

    We can understand your anxieties regarding a future pregnancy. Placental abruption can be very unpredictable but as you have had one before, then you will be closely monitored and should be under consultant led care. It may be worth speaking to your GP to see if you can have a pre conception meeting with one of the consultants at the hospital who will be able to pull your notes and you can discuss anything that is worrying you. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By nokuthula (not verified) on 24 Apr 2018 - 08:32

    Hi,I recently lost my beautiful baby girl this month on the 16 of this month ,at the hospital they had already booked me an elective c section but I did not reach the day,early in the morning I felt back pain ,I woke up and I noticed that im bleeding it was a severe bleeding,I developed bp in pregnancy I didn't know about and the clinic I was going to did not catch it early,but I did get the treatment I don't know if it's was too late for me to take medication for bp,there was protein in my urine also every antenatal visit I had just that no one explain the danger and me I had no idea that my life was in danger and my child's too,so I bleed a lot when I got to hospital it was too late for my baby died a stillbirth

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