abnormally low implantation of the placenta on the uterine wall. (Dilation of the cervix can cause separation of the placenta from the uterine wall, resulting in bleeding. With severe hemmorrhage, a cesarean secton may be necessary to save the mother's life)
abnormal condition encountered during pregnancy or shortly after deliviery characterized by high blood pressure, edema, and proteinuria, butwith no convulsions or coma. The cause is unknown; if not scucessfully treated, the condigino will progress to eclampsia. Eclampsia is the third most common cause of maternal death in the United States after hemorrhape and infection.
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