A Rare but Serious
Placenta accreta affects a small percentage of women and can seriously endanger the life of the mother. This condition occurs when the placenta, which is responsible for delivering nutrients, and oxygen to the growing fetus, attaches too deeply into the uterine wall, making it difficult to separate the placenta after childbirth.
In a normal delivery, the placenta detaches from the uterine wall and is delivered after the baby. With Placenta Accreta, we might see hemorrhaging from the attempts to remove the placenta and even the uterus to prevent further blood loss and save the mother’s life.
The cause is unknown, but it is often associated with previous cesarean deliveries or other uterine surgeries, and women who have placenta previa are also at increased risk. Age can also be another factor with an increase in risk after 35 yrs old.
However, there are cases where mothers have had none of these risk factors, highlighting the importance of early detection efforts to rule out this condition.