The placenta is a remarkable organ (yes, really!) that serves to provide oxygen and nutrients to your developing baby. As the clump of cells that becomes the foetus implants in your womb and develops, so begins the growth of this incredible organ, connecting mother and baby through the umbilical cord. The placenta is crucial to the process of pregnancy. Here we explain everything you need to know – from the role of the placenta to explaining potential problems, such as placenta praevia. We even dip our toes into the growing trend of eating placenta after your baby is born!
What is a placenta?Is the placenta really an organ? Yes! The placenta is an organ which grows in the uterus throughout the pregnancy. The function of the placenta is to deliver nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the baby, and remove waste products too. It is also responsible for hormone production necessary for a healthy pregnancy. It’s a large structure, usually weighing around 1.5lb at the time of birth.
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