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Dr. Pam Yoder Dr. Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Why do doctors examine placenta after birth?

Why do doctors examine placenta after birth?

Make sure all is out: Retained placental tissue can cause problems such as bleeding and infection. Therefore, OB providers should check every placenta to ensure that it has been delivered intact or all pieces of it have come out of the uterus. Occasionally an OB will need to insert a hand up into the uterus or even scrape with an instrument to remove any remaining tissue. That mainly occurs if a very premature delivery.

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Dr. Megan Bird Dr. Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
15 years in practice
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What do the doctors do with the placenta after birth?

What do the doctors do with the placenta after birth?

Depends!: In any high risk or complicated deliveries, we send the placenta to pathology to look for any reason for the complications. In normal deliveries, the placenta is bundled together with other placentas and cremated. If you want to keep the placenta, you can ask your doctor. It does have to be handled in a special manner though. So let us know before your delivery.

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Dr. George Klauber Dr. Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
years in practice
University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine
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Is irt common practice for doctors to examine placenta after birth?

Is irt common practice for doctors to examine placenta after birth?

Yes it is: Good OB doctors examine the placenta. Important to rule out a partially retained placenta. Also in all cases of intra-uterine growth retardation, if present, of babies.

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias Dr. Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
22 years in practice
National University of Athens Faculty of Medicine
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Why am I still hurting after having a baby 9 months ago? I was diagnosed with placenta accreta after the birth of my child my doctor didn't do surgery to remove it he just pulled it out was he suppose to do that?

Why am I still hurting after having a baby 9 months ago? I was diagnosed with placenta accreta after the birth of my child my doctor didn't do surgery to remove it he just pulled it out was he suppose to do that?

Confused..: Your information is a little confusing to me; are you concerned about long-term pain from your delivery, or asking whether the management of placenta accreta was appropriate in your case? Please clarify. Any time pain persists that far out after delivery it is abnormal and merits examination by a gynecologist. Standard management of suspected placenta accreta is prelabor cesarean hysterectomy @35w.

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Dr. Jessica Allan Dr. Allan
Internal Medicine
19 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Gave birth 1 week ago. BP spiked 191/90 during birth then deopped 138/65. At 1 week check up BP 148/100. doc had me lay down retook still high?

Gave birth 1 week ago. BP spiked 191/90 during birth then deopped 138/65. At 1 week check up BP 148/100. doc had me lay down retook still high?

Postpartum HTN: Antihypertensive agents may be required temporarily postpartum if the hypertension is severe. Usually if the systolic bp is greater than 140s. Monitor bp closely. The pills may be stopped after a few weeks depending if the pressure comes back to normal. Talk to your doctor.

Dr. Justin Diedrich Dr. Diedrich
Gynecology
10 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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During my 6week check up doctor did the usual pap smear came back high grade.. Never had an abnormal one before. Is this sometimes normal after birth?

During my 6week check up doctor did the usual pap smear came back high grade.. Never had an abnormal one before. Is this sometimes normal after birth?

Yes but...: Often times the pap will go back to normal after childbirth. However, you still will need a colposcopy to make sure your cervix doesn't have any severe or cancerous changes now.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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5 years ago I gave birth... The doctor told me I have hpv. I Was not worry about it since I never had no symptoms. In orther words I thought he Was lieing. Since I never got check by him. He only help me gave birth. But how can I know if I have it?

5 years ago I gave birth... The doctor told me I have hpv. I Was not worry about it since I never had no symptoms. In orther words I thought he Was lieing. Since I never got check by him. He only help me gave birth. But how can I know if I have it?

HPV: It would not be typical for a doctor to lie and tell a patient they had HPV or any other STD when they did not have it. Regardless, you can schedule a visit for an examination and pap smear. HPV can manifest as genital warts which the doctor could look for. They can also do a pap smear and see if it is present. HPV resolves in most cases in young women so it could have been there but not now

Dr. Usha Mukhytar Dr. Mukhytar
Gynecology
22 years in practice
University of Mumbai, Seth G. S. Medical College
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Dr. Terri Washington Dr. Washington
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
12 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Dr. ALICIA Almendral Dr. Almendral
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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At my 6week of pregnancy check up doctor did the usual pap smear and it came back high grade.. Never had an abnormal one before. Is this normal after birth?

Not expected: Having an abnormal pap result after giving birth is not normal. Please follow-up with your gyn. It should either be repeated or you might be aked to undergo colposcopy wherein biopsies are obtained from your cervix which will give a more accurate result.

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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Hello Doctor, I am 30 years of age and gave birth to my second son 6 months ago. ..I have left side flank pain since a week after delivery and utis for three months which were treated with antibiotics. I have several check ups like cystoscopy and kidney u

Hello Doctor, I am 30 years of age and gave birth to my second son 6 months ago. ..I have left side flank pain since a week after delivery and utis for three months which were treated with antibiotics. I have several check ups like cystoscopy and kidney u

Here are some...: Glad to see you have gone thus far in evaluating left flank pain with unyielding conclusion in the sickness of urinary tracts, I assumed. Beyond such, we need to look into possible disorders of muscles, joints, or nerves of the region. How to get the related things sorted out correctly may not be that hard if following instructions described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html.

Dr. Charles Whiting Dr. Whiting
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
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When do doctors do placenta testing?

Many possibilities: There are many possible reasons. The most common reason is that an infection or abnormality of the placenta is suspected. Placenta testing is also part of many pregnancy related research protocols. Best wishes!

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What do the doctors do with the placenta after delivery is kept, researched, where does it go or is used for?

Studied: It is briefly studied, sometimes microscopically, weighed, then destroyed unless special circumstances exist.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Scared to give birth because I'm scared the placenta isn't going to come out of me. I'm scared I'm going to die?

Scared to give birth because I'm scared the placenta isn't going to come out of me. I'm scared I'm going to die?

OB anxiety: It is not uncommon for pregnant women to have certain fears about the course of their pregnancies that should be shared with your treating OB MD. He/she can discuss what is reasonable and what is not to be concerned about. If that is not sufficient, your OB MD may ask you to see a mental health professional if your anxieties become extreme hindering your ongoing prenatal care.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I'm so scared to give birth to my placenta after baby. So frightened I'm going to die or it's not going to come out?

I'm so scared to give birth to my placenta after baby. So frightened I'm going to die or it's not going to come out?

Think positively and: In such cases of unjustified fears, one should think positively and get established with a psychiatrist. The placenta will come out, but will the mother have post-partum depression, anxiety, or other post-partum mental illness? Such a mother can let her Ob-Gyn and her baby's pediatrician know if mood or anxiety symptoms are increasing, undesired, or strange. Help is available.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Brian Enggano Dr. Enggano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
8 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Is posterior placenta is safe to giving birth normal?

Yes: If your placenta is "posterior", it has simply implanted on the posterior aspect on the inside of the uterus. A normal delivery should be expected with this placental location as long as all other factors also favor a vaginal delivery.

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Seth Easley Dr. Easley
Family Medicine
years in practice
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What is anterior placenta? My doctor told me I have an anterior placenta.. ..what does it mean?

Not much: Just refers to its position relative to the uterus. This can change and migrate to differnt position during the pregnancy. Not a reason for concern.

Dr. Jenny Sung Dr. Sung
Pediatrics
20 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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I have had two csections first was sunny side up second placenta abruption. Would it be possible to have a natural birth after those? I really want to

I have had two csections first was sunny side up second placenta abruption. Would it be possible to have a natural birth after those? I really want to

Please talk to OB: Though not impossible to have vbac (vaginal birth after cesarean), there are risks. You need to have a thorough discussion with your ob, so that you can make an informed decision. Not every OB would be willing to do vbacs -- another reason to talk to your ob.