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What does it mean when your placenta isn't giving the baby enough nutrition?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Placental problem

The placenta supplies the nutrition as well as oxygen for your baby.
If the placenta isn't working probably, the baby won't grow probably. This can lead to a small for dates baby, or an intrauterine growth restricted baby. The baby needs careful monitoring by your doctor and may require early delivery.

In brief: Placental problem

The placenta supplies the nutrition as well as oxygen for your baby.
If the placenta isn't working probably, the baby won't grow probably. This can lead to a small for dates baby, or an intrauterine growth restricted baby. The baby needs careful monitoring by your doctor and may require early delivery.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Dr. Mary Vanko
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Placental bloodflow

There are many situations like hypertension that affect the placenta's ability to nourish your baby.
The doctor will keep a close eye on the baby's health by special testing and may even deliver the baby early.

In brief: Placental bloodflow

There are many situations like hypertension that affect the placenta's ability to nourish your baby.
The doctor will keep a close eye on the baby's health by special testing and may even deliver the baby early.
Dr. Mary Vanko
Dr. Mary Vanko
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
It the placenta isn't providing enough nutrition to the baby, the baby isn't able to grow properly in utero and may be small for its gestational age at delivery.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: It happens

The placenta needs to cover a large enough area in the womb to gain nutrients ( pizza size better than bagel ), the attachment blood vessels need to work well and the placenta needs to have unrestricted blood flow.
When any of these is poor, baby will form under some stress and likely be lean. The normal wt gain expected may not occur but often happens rapidly after birth.

In brief: It happens

The placenta needs to cover a large enough area in the womb to gain nutrients ( pizza size better than bagel ), the attachment blood vessels need to work well and the placenta needs to have unrestricted blood flow.
When any of these is poor, baby will form under some stress and likely be lean. The normal wt gain expected may not occur but often happens rapidly after birth.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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