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Placental Abruption

Bleeding is very common in PPROM. Most often, bleeding comes from the placenta. There are several grades of abruption and it is important to remember that blood in fluid is like dropping red food coloring in water. Do not panic if you experience bleeding; take note of the properties and qualities of the bleeding (color, consistency, quantity, timing, volume, etc) and any other characteristics that would be helpful to chart. Any new bleeding or changes in bleeding should be reported to your provider immediately.
Many women with PPROM have had minor grades of Placental Abruptions lasting several weeks without going into labor or undergoing and emergency cesarean section. There are several indicators of management in the event of bleeding and Placental Abruption, and because severe grade abruptions can be life threatening for mother and child, it is important to understand what steps medical providers may take if the situation progresses.