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Problems Affecting the Woman During Delivery

by Julie S. Moldenhauer, MD

Some problems (complications) that develop during pregnancy can also cause problems during labor or delivery. For example, preeclampsia (high blood pressure with protein in the urine—see Preeclampsia and Eclampsia) may lead to premature detachment of the placenta from the uterus (placental abruption—see Placental Abruption) and problems in the newborn.

Other complications develop only after labor and delivery occur.