Understanding the Placenta
Placenta is an amazing but temporary organ that develops
with your baby. The way the placenta functions is nothing
short of a miracle - it is the bridge that links your
blood supply with your baby's without the two intermingling.
By week 8, the placenta is sufficiently formed to sustain
your baby. Multifunctional in nature, the placenta in
a gist is made by your baby and belongs to your baby.
It transports the good stuffs via the umbilical cord
(oxygen, food and antibodies) to your baby and baby's
carbon dioxide and other waste products are passed through
the same channel to reach your bloodstream for elimination.
Having said that, the bad stuff which can do your baby
tremendous harm such as alcohol, nicotine, drugs, viruses
and anything else floating at that time can also reach
your baby through this organ.
Finally, this miraculous organ produces hormones that
help your baby in growth and development. Enough antibodies
are made and transmitted to babies to last them through
the first 3 months. After baby's delivery, the placenta
is delivered (afterbirth). In essence, the placenta
has a life span of about 9 months after which, it dies
at your baby's birth. At that point when viewed under
the microscope, it will show all the signs of old age.
Now isn't that amazing!