Mild abruptions (in which only a small part of the placenta peels away from the uterine wall) generally are not dangerous unless they progress. If your abruption does progress, you're bleeding heavily, or your baby is having difficulties, then a prompt delivery, usually by cesarean, probably will be necessary.
If your fetus is too premature to deliver immediately, and tests show that the baby isn't in trouble, your doctor may admit you to the hospital for monitoring. If your doctor suspects that your abruption is likely to result in preterm delivery, she will probably recommend treatment with corticosteroids. These drugs speed maturation of the fetal lungs and other organs and can dramatically cut the incidence of prematurity-related infant deaths and certain complications of early birth.
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