I created a drawing of a Placental Abruption for my STEAM Project. In the photo attached, you can see where the placenta has detached from the uterus and see the hemorrhage it created as well as see where the blood leaves the mother when the hemorrhage is able to grow larger and exit the body.
The hemorrhage that comes from the placenta detaching from the uterus can be harmful to both the mother and the baby. The baby will no longer receive nutrients through the umbilical cord, as well as the detachment of the placenta can cause the baby to lose oxygen which is also vital to the baby’s survival. The mother, however, will feel some lower back pain, experience some belly pain and as I depicted in my drawing some bleeding however not every mother may experience bleeding as the detachment may be large enough to cause some internal bleeding in the uterus but not fully leak out the vagina. Placental abruptions typically occur within the last twelve weeks of pregnancy. Depending on the severity and the proximity to the due date, the mother may be sent home to be on bed rest or kept in the hospital on bed rest. The other option is the delivery of the fetus via C-Section to stop the hemorrhage.