Abruptio Placenta

Abruptio placenta is the separation of the placenta from the uterus before a baby is delivered. It usually happens in the third trimester of pregnancy, but it sometimes occurs earlier.

It may cause the baby to be born prematurely or at a low birth weight. And it may cause the mother to have serious bleeding. In rare cases, it can be deadly for the mother, the baby, or both.

Current as of: March 16, 2017

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology