Placental Abruption and Subsequent Pregnancies

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
What are the chances of a placental abruption in subsequent pregnancies? I had a severe placental abruption at 36 weeks with my third child. I am now 16 weeks pregnant and concerned that his might happen again.

I have no risk factors that would cause a placental abruption.

Thanks for any additional information.


Other than avoiding smoking and drugs, trauma to the belly and having a big gush of water when your bag breaks (so you don't want the bag to break before labor-- eat protein), I know of no way to predict or prevent abruption. Most of the time we have no clue why it happened.

I have never heard of a healthy woman having two abruptions; usually it is just a random thing for these women.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.