Why is my wife bleeding in the 7th month of pregnancy?
Q: My 26 years old wife had heavy bleeding with clots in the 7th month of pregnancy. We had no intercourse during pregnancy. The doctor told us that a part of placenta got separated and she needs to do a c-section. As the baby’s weight is 1100 grams, the doctor didn't give guarantee to the baby. Then we went to another hospital and the doctor there told us that its not so serious. She was admitted in the hospital for 2 weeks and discharged after everything was fine. In between she had 5 ultrasound scans. She started having pain in the mid of the 8th month and the doctor suggested for normal delivery after checking. But the baby died after 5 minutes of delivery because the cord was tightly coiled around the baby’s neck (two rounds).
- As it has already been mentioned, the bleeding was due to separation of the placenta. It is sometimes associated with high blood pressure, trauma (like fall, blow on stomach, car accident etc), a small fibroid in the uterus, too much water in the womb (polyhydramnios) and in many instances without any reason.
- If the area of separation is too big, it can lead to fetal distress and even death of baby (even before it is born). Sometimes, this condition can be life threatening to the mother also.
- Sometimes the cord wraps around the baby's neck only later (may not have been there before the scans).
- It is difficult to comment in retrospect whether the baby would have survived with C-section. The gynaecologist takes a decision for or against a C-section taking several factors into consideration - difficult and unethical for someone not present at the time and place of emergency to comment.
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