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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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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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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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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

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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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I went to the doctor for irregular periods. He didn't examine me or even ask me questions. He just put me on birth control. Should he have done more?

I went to the doctor for irregular periods. He didn't examine me or even ask me questions. He just put me on birth control. Should he have done more?

Maybe: I suspect he asked questions.... how are your periods irregular? sexually active? allergies? medications? health problems? most 18 year olds do not need any significant workup, except a pregnancy test. ...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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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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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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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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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