The placenta is an organ that connects the fetus to the uterine wall in order for the baby to receive food and oxygen during the pregnancy. With a normal pregnancy, the placenta will stay attached to the uterine wall until the baby is born. After delivery, the placenta should separate from the uterus naturally and be delivered through the birth canal. In some cases though, it will detach prematurely from the uterine wall, and this is known as placental abruption. This can occur during the pregnancy as early as 20 weeks. Most often, though, it will occur during labor as a result of the contractions causing the placenta to tear.
What are the Signs and Symptoms for Placental Abruption?
There are a few different signs and symptoms for placental abruption, including:
- Bleeding during the second half of pregnancy
- Excessive bleeding during labor
- Fetal distress
- Intense abdominal pain
- Uterine contractions that last longer than normal during labor
- Uterus that becomes hard during labor
If placental abruption is causing fetal distress or non-reassuring fetal beats on the fetal monitor, the baby will need to be delivered immediately by C-section. The baby must be delivered in under 18 minutes to avoid any permanent brain damage from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (birth asphyxia).
Free Consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Attorney
RB Law has vast experience with handling birth injury cases for problems resulting from placental abruption. If your baby suffered any brain damage as a result of lack of oxygen and you think that it was because of a medical mishap resulting from placental abruption, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have questions regarding your birth injury case, contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 458-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.