Placental abruption is a complication of pregnancy where the placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery, causing bleeding from the site where the placenta was attached. The blood typically passes through the cervix and out the vagina. Sometimes, however, the blood remains trapped behind the placenta. Left untreated, placental abruption puts both mother and baby in jeopardy. Placental abruption is most common in the third trimester, but it can begin any time after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
For more information, refer to Diseases – Placental abruption
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