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Dr. Mark Neerhof
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Placental Insufficiency (Overview)

Placental insufficiency is a rare pregnancy complication of insufficient blood flow to the placenta during pregnancy. It is a potentially serious complication. If it is not detected and treated as soon as possible, can lead to life-threatening health complications for both infant and mothers.


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What things can I do to treat placental insufficiency at home?

What things can I do to treat placental insufficiency at home?

Keep appointments: It would be quiet essential that uou keeo your prenatal appointments so that your doctor can monitor the well-being of your fetus. Beyond that, there is probably nothing more specific that you can do for placental insufficiency. Maintaining a well balanced diet, keeping well hydrated, and taking your prenatal vitamins would be the most you could likely do on your own.

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Dr. Mark Neerhof
37 Doctors shared insights

Placental Insufficiency (Overview)

Placental insufficiency is a rare pregnancy complication of insufficient blood flow to the placenta during pregnancy. It is a potentially serious complication. If it is not detected and treated as soon as possible, can lead to life-threatening health complications for both infant and mothers.


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How does diabetes mellitus causes placental insufficiency?

How does diabetes mellitus causes placental insufficiency?

Blood flow: Diabetes is a glucose control disorder that affects blood vessels. If diabetes is well controlled then the injury to blood vessels is negligible. When blood vessels are narrowed or compromised-then the fetus receives less blood flow and nutrients which may be associated with newborn problems.

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What are the symptoms of placental insufficiency?

Hypertension, SGA.: Maternal hypertension, oligohydramnios and small-for-gestational age fetus (SGA) are the typical hallmarks of placental insufficiency.

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What are the tests for placental insufficiency?

What are the tests for placental insufficiency?

Doppler studies.: Doppler studies of the fetal umbilical artery and the middle cerebral artery are the cornerstone of placental failure management. Only experts can perform these tests reliably.

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What are the tests for placental insufficiency?

Doppler studies.: Doppler studies of the fetal umbilical artery and the middle cerebral artery are the cornerstone of placental failure management. Only experts can perform these tests reliably.

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What are the symptoms of placental insufficiency?

Hypertension, SGA.: Maternal hypertension, oligohydramnios and small-for-gestational age fetus (SGA) are the typical hallmarks of placental insufficiency.

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Where can I find more info on placental insufficiency?

Please see URL: Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001485.htm As you can imagine, this is a big topic, very relevant to pregnancy and fetal safety.

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What things can I do to treat placental insufficiency at home?

Keep appointments: It would be quiet essential that uou keeo your prenatal appointments so that your doctor can monitor the well-being of your fetus. Beyond that, there is probably nothing more specific that you can do for placental insufficiency. Maintaining a well balanced diet, keeping well hydrated, and taking your prenatal vitamins would be the most you could likely do on your own.

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What is the definition or description of: Placental insufficiency?

Pregnancy risk: Placental insufficiency is a rare pregnancy complication of insufficient blood flow to the placenta during pregnancy. It is a potentially serious complication. If it is not detected and treated as soon as possible, can lead to life-threatening health complications for both infant and mothers.

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How does diabetes mellitus causes placental insufficiency?

Blood flow: Diabetes is a glucose control disorder that affects blood vessels. If diabetes is well controlled then the injury to blood vessels is negligible. When blood vessels are narrowed or compromised-then the fetus receives less blood flow and nutrients which may be associated with newborn problems.

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I was told I have placental resistance. Is this the same as placental insufficiency? I am a nurse on a medical surgical floor, should I be on bedrest?

I was told I have placental resistance. Is this the same as placental insufficiency? I am a nurse on a medical surgical floor, should I be on bedrest?

Bedrest not helpful: On US, placental resistance to flow is either normal, or increased resistance to free flow of fetal blood may occur, shown by doppler imaging of cord blood pressure, reported as the S/D (systolic and diastolic) pressure ratio. So long as the fetus continues to grow normally, nothing need be done. Significant slowing growth indicates a C/S is needed. O diastolic flow requires emergency C-section

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Nt scan/blood results: 1.5mm; Hcg 1.34MoM; PaPP 0.37MoM; Measures 2 days behind GA (11wks.5d). Mom: 30yrs old. How likely is placental insufficiency?

Nt scan/blood results: 1.5mm; Hcg 1.34MoM; PaPP 0.37MoM; Measures 2 days behind GA (11wks.5d). Mom: 30yrs old. How likely is placental insufficiency?

Low Papp-A: Individual test results must be interpreted by the ordering physician who has all the information and can apply it to the clinical scenario. Low 1st TM PAPP-A levels can be associated with fetal growth restriction later in pregnancies. Typically serial fetal growth sonograms are done periodically throughout the pregnancy to monitor for this.

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Can you have placental insufficiency at 7 weeks pregnant? Would the doctor be able to til by then

Yes and No: Placental insufficiency usually relates to the third trimester of pregnancy. A placenta that doesn't work well could cause a miscarriage but it would not be detectable.

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Why are my doctors scared about placental insuffincy if they haven't done a ultrasound to even see and im a type 1 diabetic (well controlled)?

Why are my doctors scared about placental insuffincy if they haven't done a ultrasound to even see and im a type 1 diabetic (well controlled)?

Diabetes in pregnanc: I'm sure your doctors are not "scared", maybe concerned would be more appropriate. Diabetes, as I'm sure you know, affects your blood vessels and therefore your circulation. The same goes for your placenta when pregnant, they're not as efficient as a non-diabetic's. That's why they're likely checking your baby's growth regularly, doing nst's, & recommending delivery no later than 38.5-39 weeks.

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How to stop a placental bleed?

How to stop a placental bleed?

Depends.: Seek immediate medical attention. Depending on gestational age, surgery or bedrest and Progesterone can be of help.

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What causes placental abruptions?

What causes placental abruptions?

High BP, trauma, ROM: Abruptio placentae (formal term) occurs when there is separation of placenta from the wall of the uterus. The diagnosis depends on there being a normally placed placenta (eg, not one covering the cervix). There may or may not be bleeding early. Common causes include high blood pressures, trauma to the abdomen, rapid loss of amniotic fluid (eg, in cases of multiple pregnancy or excess fluid).

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What are the chances of having consecutive placental abruptions?

What are the chances of having consecutive placental abruptions?

10-25 %: Placental abruption, or the separation of the placenta from its site of implantation before the delivery of the fetus, averages 1 in 200 deliveries. Once a woman has suffered an abruption, the risk in a future pregnancy increases as much as 10-25%. Risk factors for abruption include maternal age, cigarette smoking, coexisting hypertension, preeclampsia and premature rupture of membranes.

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