The role of the placenta during pregnancy

The role of the placenta during pregnancy

The placenta and its health are vital to the health of a woman’s pregnancy and foetal development. This organ provides oxygen, nutrients during pregnancy, and filters foetal waste.

It also plays an important role in hormone production and it protects the foetus from bacteria and infections. The blood-rich placenta is joined to the uterine wall and connects to the baby by way of the umbilical cord. Most often, the placenta attaches itself to the top or side of the uterine wall. At times, however, it may grow or attach to the uterus in a way that can cause health problems.

Risk factors for placental disorders

Many factors influence the health of the placenta, including:

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