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Placenta (Overview)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply.


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What is a placenta?

What is a placenta?

Connects mom & baby: The placenta is the tissue that grows inside the uterus and connects to a developing baby. It is commonly known as "after birth.".

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Placenta (Overview)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply.


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Can you eat the placenta?

Can you eat the placenta?

Yes,: I've also seen them used for plant fertilizer, different cultures think differently

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What causes placenta prevea?

What causes placenta prevea?

Implant Location: Control of placenta implantation location poorly understood; complex mind, brain+body controls within mother early pregnancy. If placenta implants near uterine opening/cervix ; especially if it grows over the opening, then placenta previa (tearing ; bleeding; sometimes massive ; mutually fatal) of the placenta is probable in late pregnancy; one of the many reasons for prenatal screening ; care.

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Is a thick placenta healthy?

Is a thick placenta healthy?

What does your drsay: Placentas vary in size all the time. A thick placenta may mean nothing right now. You should be asking your OB what it might mean. In severe rh incompatibility, the placenta gets very thick-but your OB can advise you on this. I'm not sure that I would worry about it right yet. If baby is growing well-be happy.

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What is a low-lying placenta?

What is a low-lying placenta?

If you have one: Your OB should have totally explained to you what that is and what you can do and not do so please call your OB and ask him or her that so they can explain that to you, it is a placenta that is close usually withing a few cms of the cervix.

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Is a low placenta dangerous?

Placenta praevia: Hi, it depends how long along you are, if you are before wk 20, then no worries as the baby grows the Placenta moves up, but if u r at wk 20 or higher then it's called placenta praevia which could be partial or complete, although still at this stage placenta could move away from cervix and allow for baby to be born vaginally if not then C/section needs to be done. Praevia increases risk of bleedin

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What does thick placenta means?

What does thick placenta means?

Good question: In general, great than 4 cm. It's thought to be due to various intrauterine infections and increased fetal morbidity and mortality. The literature is all over the place, however. If baby is growing fine, that's all that's important.

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Can the placenta move positions?

Uterus grows: The placenta is attached to the uterus in a specific location. It does not move. The uterus grows though throughout the pregnancy which will shift the location of the attached placenta relative to the baby and the cervix

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What causes a low lying placenta?

Random chance: The embryo implants on the uterine lining, and at that location the placenta starts to grow. Usually, it is on a portion of the uterus that will stretch and thin during pregnancy, and is nowhere near the internal cervical opening. However, sometimes the embryo implants very near the internal cervical opening, resulting in a low-lying placenta or even a placenta covering the opening, req. C-sec.

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Can I make my placenta healthier?

Cannot control: The placenta ; cord are organs that we really cannot control. So eat right ; take prenatal vits and you should be just fine. Baby often gives signs of healthy environment before delivery!

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Is it okay to have a fused placenta?

Is it okay to have a fused placenta?

It is okay: A fused placenta just means that both placenta's from each baby fused together (twins pregnancy). There really shouldn't be a lot of problems with fused placenta, but there can be a small risk of ttts (twin -twin transfusion syndrome) with it.

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What to do if I have a low placenta?

Vaginal intercourse: With a low lying placenta there is a potential danger of placental abruption from deep vaginal intercourse.

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What is minor seperation in placenta?

Placenta separation: How far along? Are you bleeding? Ask you doctor, if it is a minor abruption and how much. If it is a abruption you may need to be monitored carefully that it does not increase signficantly because the placenta is the source of the fetus food and if it separates completely it is a medical emergency and the baby may not survive. Ask about bedrest, activity, high risk pregnancy

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Must I worry if placenta is calcifying?

Must I worry if placenta is calcifying?

What did your OB say: That is not a good sign but depends on the severity, if you are at 37 weeks your OB can do an amnio and for lung maturity and get you delivered and if you are at least 39 weeks you should be induced the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks least chance for fetal problems if u are already past your due date I rec immediate delivery but call your OB and I assume u are also being followed by perinato.

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What are conditions affecting the placenta?

Structural, function: Many problems involve abnormal location of the placenta (too low, too deep in uterine wall). Other less common ones are due to abnormal structure (eg, vessels from placenta unsupported by tissue, small or odd shape, tumors in the placenta). Some can develop in a normal placenta late in pregnancy (such as replacement of healthy tissue with fibrous tissue). Not all are detectable by ultrasound.

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What is the best placement of the placenta?

Anywhere: As long as it is not near or over the opening of the cervix or not over the uterine scar if you have has a previous csection.

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Why do some people eat placenta afterbirth?

Good?: It is disgusting, you will have to ask one of them!

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Is a low lying posteria placenta a concern?

Is a low lying posteria placenta a concern?

Monitor closely: A low lying placenta can sometimes cause problems in normal and complicated pregnancies. It is something that your doctor will likely monitor closely and direct you on any changes to your pregnancy plan if applicable. Sometimes they can be of no consequence at all so just be sure to follow the direction of your doctor!