WHAT IS A PLACENTA?... When you first conceive, the swiftly multiplying cells become your baby and its placenta. The placenta is the lifeline to your baby. It provides the nutrition, oxygen and fluids your baby needs. Your blood flows to the placenta, where nutrients and oxygen are exchanged. However, your blood and the baby’s blood are not mixed, because you both have your own circulatory systems. Amazingly, the umbilical cord carries the nutrients from the placenta directly into the baby’s blood stream. What an amazing organ!
Here are some amazing facts about the placenta:
: The Placenta Acts As a Gland
Some of the hormones secreted by the placenta include: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), Estrogen, Progesterone & Human Placental Lactogen
: The Placenta Delivers Baby’s Nutrition
: The Placenta Works Incredibly Hard Exchanging Blood
: The Placenta ‘Breathes’ For Your Baby
: The Placenta Is Part Mama And Part Dad
It’s very easy to think of the placenta as a mother’s organ, but it’s actually created from both parents. One sperm, one egg and you have everything necessary to grow and nourish a human!
: The Placenta Provides Some Immunity and Infection Protection
: The Placenta Functions Without Direct Control From The Nervous System
: The Placenta Is The Only Disposable Organ
The placenta is the only one made to be disposable. The placenta develops with the baby and is designed to naturally expel after the baby is born. It is created for a single purpose, so it serves its purpose and then leaves the body. Every healthy pregnancy develops with a new placenta, perfectly paired to nourish a new baby.
: When The Placenta Leaves, The Milk Starts