Placental Abruption Facts

What causes placental abruption?

The cause of abruption is unknown, but high blood pressure, cocaine use, and cigarette smoking during pregnancy greatly increase your risk. Other factors that raise your chances of an abruption include trauma and abnormalities of the uterus or umbilical cord, and being over 35 years of age. And if you had an abruption in a previous pregnancy, you have a 10 percent chance of another occurrence.

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