What is a placenta?
A membranous vascular organ that develops in female mammals during pregnancy,
lining the uterine wall and partially enveloping the fetus, to which it is attached by the umbilical cord.
Following birth, the placenta is expelled.
The placenta is an amazing part of your pregnancy.
The placenta begins its processes immediately as soon as the first cell divide at conception.
It grows throughout the entire pregnancy giving your baby everything it needs to grow.
The placenta grows in the uterus and attaches to the uterine wall (maternal side).
The other side of the placenta attaches to your baby through the umbilical cord, (fetal side)
providing a large number of benefits for your baby....
*Provides nourishment to your baby.
*Eliminates waste from your baby.
*Exchanges respiratory gasses with your baby, allowing it to breathe through you.
*Produces various hormones such as chorionic gonadotropin, progesterone and estrogens that help regulate and maintain your pregnancy.
*Blocks some harmful substances in your body from your baby.
*Aproximate shape of a circle or disc
*About 9 inches in diameter
* 1 inch in thickness
*weigh about 1 lb
*the umbilical cord should attach roughly at its center containing 2 arteries and 1 vein
* Placenta should be dark blue/red or maroon color
*Vessels branch over the entire fetal side of the structure
*On the maternal side are lobules called cotelydons looking like a brain structure again red/bluse or maroon in color