Placenta – definition and meaning

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What is Placenta

The placenta is the intermediate organ that connects the fetus and future baby with the mother during gestation. When the embryo is implanted in the walls of the uterus, the placenta begins to be manufactured, which is placed and sealed in the walls of the back of the uterus, and will accompany the fetus until the moment of delivery. The umbilical cord is born from it , through which it is connected to the fetus, and its function is to transmit nutrients from the mother’s body to the fetus, as well as blood and oxygen. In the same way, both carbon dioxide and the baby’s waste are expelled through the mother’s blood, which expels them through the kidneys. In addition, the placenta also synthesizes some hormones, such as chorionic gonadotropin , which help the pregnancy continue to advance, the mother’s body adapts to the fetus, the breasts prepare for lactation, and also for the baby to grow. Another function it fulfills is immunological, protecting the baby from the attack of bacteria, but also from the rejection of the mother’s immune system. The placenta is delivered during delivery after the baby , and is not considered a completed delivery until it is outside the mother’s body.