I had two, with each pregnancy. The first one, no symptoms signs, anything. We were getting the infant carrier out of the box (we were do in a month). I had to go to the bathroom, felt a gush, looked in the toilet, thinking my water had somehow broke. The toilet was pure red of all the blood. No pains, nothing. Took an ambulance, and delivered the next day, under general anesthesia. PE was not diagnosed at the time. My daughter was born fine.
My second one was along with severe PE. I was in the hospital, did not know again that I was abrupting. They found it when I had a c-section (bp was out of control, heartrate was dropping, so I was delivered). I shudder to think of what could have happened if I had not been delivered right then.
Terribly sorry for your loss:(
Devin, 11/3/98, 36 weeks, placental abruption
Alex, 1/12/02, adopted from Russia 10/3/02
Aiden, 6/1/05, 31 w 6 days severe pre-e, placental abruption