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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. ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can placenta prevera lead to a preterm birth?

Can placenta prevera lead to a preterm birth?

It can: Placenta previa means that the placenta is blocking to cervix, which is the opening from the uterus to the vagina. If the cervix starts to open, heavy bleeding can occur, making it necessary to deliver early to protect mom's health. To reduce the risk of life-threatening bleeding, doctors may deliver early. ...Read more

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Can normal seperation of placenta during birth cause Amniotic Fluid Embolisim?

Very rare event: Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare event occurring in about 1/50, 000 deliveries. The exact cause in unknown. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I would like to know the gender of my baby. My placenta position is fundal anterior grade 2.?

Hello doctor, I would like to know the gender of my baby. My placenta position is fundal anterior grade 2.?

Not possible: It's not possible to tell the gender of baby fetus without looking at ultrasound. And it is illegal in India to get gender test of the unborn. ...Read more

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How long does heroin stay in the placenta for? Can it be detected after giving birth? Used on and off til 27 weeks.... Please help!

How long does heroin stay in the placenta for? Can it be detected after giving birth? Used on and off til 27 weeks.... Please help!

Heroin: Not able to entirely answer. Good that you have stopped. For your health as well as fetus. Should not be detectable but may predispose to complications at delivery. You need to be completely honest with doctor also infectious complications such as hepatitis and hiv.. ...Read more

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33 wk pregnant w/ GD Last week doc measured me 36 cm. Had an u/s today my placenta was unusually thick. What does or could this mean for my baby?

33 wk pregnant w/ GD Last week doc measured me 36 cm. Had an u/s today my placenta was unusually thick. What does or could this mean for my baby?

Nothing: Nothing, the placenta is "working" just fine up to this point by providing blood to your baby as far as is known by your OB MD. ...Read more

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How likely is the placenta to move up after 28w? Marginal previa and doctor said that we're still not clear and need it to move 0.73 cm. Fu on 5/22.

May well move: As the uterus grows, the placenta may move with it away from the cervix which is the anchor.
Repeat ultrasound in 4 weeks. ...Read more

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I had my scan at 20 weeks it is showing as placenta anterior, placenta is 0.6 cm from OS. Though my doctor told me to be careful as I am working women a?

I had my scan at 20 weeks it is showing as placenta anterior, placenta is 0.6 cm from OS. Though my doctor told me to be careful as I am working women a?

Need more info: It's important that you keep regular appointments with your obstetrician & to follow up routinely so that your reproductive capabilities are preserved and the baby will be born without any problems. ...Read more

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I had a stillbirth due to a placenta abruption. NO known cause. One healthy birth previously. Would I be likely to have another abrupt or healthy preg?

I had a stillbirth due to a placenta abruption. NO known cause. One healthy birth previously. Would I be likely to have another abrupt or healthy preg?

Abruption chances: First of all, I am sorry for your loss. The risk for a recurrent complicated placental abruption in your next pregnancy is about 33/1000. Special surveillance would need to be undertaken about 3 months prior to the gestational age of the baby you lost due to the first placental abruption. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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One of jehovahs witnesses (no blood) 34 weeks and have partial placenta abr. Doctors are taking a wait and see approach, is this wise given the situation

One of jehovahs witnesses (no blood) 34 weeks and have partial placenta abr. Doctors are taking a wait and see approach, is this wise given the situation

Yes: The situation warrants close monitoring but in general ultrasound findings of partial abruption do not warrant delivery at 34wks. If you begin to bleed or show signs of fetal compromise that could change quickly. You are at increased risk for heavy sudden bleeding which carries additional risk being a jw and need to continue taking iron, vitamins, etc to minimize risks of anemia. ...Read more

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I asked a question I don't know how it woll reply but if he sees it the drug she was takin was oxycodone she is worried will b found in placenta after birth?

Idk BUT: If you are seeing any doctor he deserves to know you are pregnant. All narcotics cross to the baby. But if you need them for a short time it is ok. You should not take without a perscription. If you are worried the placenta will be tested for narcotics after the birth I can't answer that. ...Read more

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Months after giving birth is it possible to have a a retained placenta?

Months after giving birth is it possible to have a a retained placenta?

Probably Not: Assuming you have had resumption of normal periods, and your pregnancy test is negative. It was be very very very rare. ...Read more

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What does the doctor do with the placenta and umbilical cord after the baby is born?

Varies with location: These are collected at my local hospitals & stored in a cold facility for an extended period by the lab. The OB occasionally requests a pathologist examine the cord & or placenta for signs of breakdown or infection. If no issues have surfaced during the storage period they are destroyed. ...Read more

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Doctor says placenta is previa now at 16 weeks but might migrate. How can it move like that?

Doctor says placenta is previa now at 16 weeks but might migrate. How can it move like that?

It doesn't: As the uterus grows, it pulls the placental implantation with it. It's like placing an ink dot on a deflated balloon...Blow it up and the dot "moves" higher, stretched out of the way. A placenta previa is more common earlier on and usually not a biggie unless it's still blocking the cervical outlet after 24 weeks. Make sure you get checked after 24 weeks and tell your doc about any bleeding. ...Read more

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Is it a previa if placenta is posterior w/ its lower edge @ the level of internal os. Grade 0? . doc advise no sex. Will it hurt if we do?

Is it a previa if placenta is posterior w/ its lower edge @ the level of internal os. Grade 0? . doc advise no sex. Will it hurt if we do?

Previa: It sounds like you have at least a low lying placenta if not at least a marginal previa. Sex causes uterine contractions for a couple days afterwards, so based on your description I would advise the same thing. If you bleed after sex, you won't know if its the previa or just post coital bleeding. Do something else. By the way the grading has nothing to do with previa. ...Read more

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Have a low-lying anterior placenta at 24 weeks with 2 prev c-sections. Doctor unconcerned and didn't discuss with me. What are possible complications?

Not increased: What you describe is not uncommon. The placenta will migate away from the cervix as the pregnancy progresses. If your doctor is not concerned, that should generally be reassuring to you. ...Read more

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I am on progesterone supplements. My doc asked me to discontinue it after 12 wks. Wht if placenta doesn't form progesterone after I discontinue? M scared

Scared: Don't be scared but talk to your doctor who will either reassure you (most likely) or ask you come to the clinic and seek what might be wrong. ...Read more