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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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When do doctors do placenta testing?

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 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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What is anterior placenta ? My doctor told me I have an anterior placenta. ...what does it mean ?

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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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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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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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