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Placental Abruption

The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston

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What is placental abruption? When the placenta separates from the uterine lining, placental abruption is the result. Complete or partial separation usually occurs during the third trimester, but it can happen anytime after the 20th week of pregnancy.

In order to avoid catastrophic injury to the mother and baby, placental abruption needs to be diagnosed right away.

The placenta is vital for a growing fetus since it provides nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to the fetus, which will not happen if placental abruption occurs.

Detecting Placental Abruption

You may be experiencing placental abruption if you endure any of the following symptoms:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • High-frequency low-amplitude contractions
  • Increased uterine resting tone
  • Abdominal pain and tenderness
  • Abnormal fetal heart rate

The direct source of placental abruption is not currently known, but certain elements can ramp up your risk of developing the ailment:

  • Pregnancy over the age of 35
  • Smoking cigarettes or using cocaine during pregnancy
  • Twin or triplet pregnancies
  • Preeclampsia or high blood pressure
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Abdominal trauma

There is no way to reattach the placenta if it detaches from the uterine lining. For mild cases of placental abruption, your physician may recommend bed rest, which could result in your baby being born with little or no complications. Early delivery may be necessary in more severe cases.

We’re Here for You

If you experienced placental abruption symptoms during your pregnancy and they were dismissed by a medical professional tending to your care, you may be entitled to compensation. Maryland placental abruption attorney Michael Bereston is highly skilled in the field of birth injury law and can discuss what happened with you as well as help you understand your legal rights and choices. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us right away with your birth injury case.

Call The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston today at (410) 220-6581 to speak with an attorney about your Maryland birth injury case.


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