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Placenta (Definition)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via ...Read more


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Can you tell me how the type of placenta union affect development of the embryo?

Can you tell me how the type of placenta union affect development of the embryo?

Source of nutrition: placentas typically adhere to the main body of the uterus. If it is implanted near the cervix (placenta previa), it may cause bleeding, require you to have a cesarean section. Multiple lobes of placenta can also form that may have blood vessels running between. They can be at risk for bleeding. Bleeding behind the placenta noted early on can complicate your pregnancy and risk of miscarrige ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After my 32wk scan my midwife has written that my placenta is 'post high' in my notescan anyone tell me what this means?

Position: Evaluating the placenta location on an OB ultrasound is important to find the location and note whether it is approaching or covering the cervix and route the baby will exit the uterus on delivery. 'post high' likely is shorthand for posterior and high ie up by the top of the uterus away from the cervix, though you should confirm that with your doc. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about placenta previa?

What can you tell me about placenta previa?

Attached over cervix: Placenta previa is when the placenta attaches low inside the uterus, near theopening of the birth canal/cervix. This can cause problems during the birth process because when the cervix starts dilating it could tear the blood vessels in the placenta, depriving the baby of blood and making mom lose too much blood. To be safe, many ob's recommend a c-section instead of vaginal birth. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about marginal/partial placenta previa and cn it resolve before your due date?

Yes: Marginal/partial placenta previa is when the placenta comes to the edge of the cervix and maybe even covers a small part of the cervix. Not uncommon on early ultrasounds. As the pregnancy progresses, there is a good chance that this will resolve. If it is still present as you get farther into the 3rd trimester, then it becomes less likely that it will resolve, and a csection may be necessary. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about fetus cephalic presentation and placenta anterior low lying will I deliver before my due date?

All normal: Fetus in the cephalic presentation just means the baby is head down. The placenta is on the front wall of the uterus which is normal and it is low on that wall instead of high on the wall. None of these things should lead to early delivery. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is it about the placenta that you can tell if the mother has smoked while pregnant?

Calcification: When a doctor or sonographer does an ultrasound they grade a placenta based on how much calcification is seen. Women who smoke have more calcification in their placentas than women who do not smoke. ...Read more

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I am 3month pregnant and during prenatal visit doctor said that my placenta is a bit thick and not to worry.Can you please tell any issues with this?

I am 3month pregnant and during prenatal visit doctor said that my placenta is a bit thick and not to worry.Can you please tell any issues with this?

Usually none @3 mos.: The first trimester is not a typical time for placentomegaly to be diagnosed, although i guess it is possible to suspect it before 14 weeks, but confirmation will likely be thereafter. If confirmed, it is a marker for triploidy (lethal) fetal infections or molar pregnancies. Clarify this comment with your obstetrician and get a maternal-fetal medicine sonogram to elucidate this further. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about premature rupture of membranes cause by villositis bacteria in the placenta?

Pregnancy infection: Any intrauterine pregnancy infection is going to stress the blood delivery system to the baby, notably the placenta. Once the placenta and the membranes are infected, the "bag of water" tends to rupture prematurely with delivery to follow. ...Read more